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Golden Valley baseball out to avenge another loss

SUN-STAR PHOTO BY JAMES BURNS
Golden Valley starter Joey Cuevas lets a pitch fly during Thursday's 11-1 victory over Los Banos.
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY JAMES BURNS Golden Valley starter Joey Cuevas lets a pitch fly during Thursday's 11-1 victory over Los Banos. Merced Sun-Star

Another game, another chance to avenge an early season loss for the Golden Valley baseball team.

Tracy defeated GV 10-3 back in February.

Tonight the two teams will face off again in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs at the University of the Pacific's Klein Family Field.

The game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

"Tracy hits the ball really well," said Golden Valley coach Scott Solis, whose team is 15-13.

"They are a lot like us offensively. It looks like we'll see the same pitcher (Alex Flores) who we saw when we played in Tracy. He throws strikes."

Golden Valley paid back Tracy Merrill West for an earlier loss with a 6-3 win in the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday.

GV needed some late game heroics after squandering early scoring chances.

A four-run rally with two outs in the seventh inning kept the season alive.

"We can't afford to do that anymore," Solis said. "We got lucky in the sense that we rallied late.

"We have to execute. When somebody moves up a runner to third base somebody needs to step up and get the run in.

"The other thing is we're facing playoff teams. They're not going to give you anything. We have to earn it."

Golden Valley will send right-hander Joey Cuevas to the mound.

The junior is 4-3 with a 4.61 ERA.

Tracy (21-7) is led offensively by Ricky Diaz (.444, 3 homers and 27 RBI) and Brandon Jossey (.419, 5 homers and 29 RBI).

St. Mary's (21-7) is definitely the favorite of the four teams left in the South.

Golden Valley, Tracy and Lincoln will try to find a way to upset the giant.

"Hopefully us, Lincoln and Tracy can gang up and and knock off St. Mary's one or two times and get somebody else in," Solis said.

"We're all relatively equal and then there is St. Mary's."

Note: The University of the Pacific will be holding graduation ceremonies throughout the day. Baseball fans are advised to arrive early because parking will be an issue.

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