Calexico tops Central in league
Jesus Castillo of Calexico High School powers through a swing during a match against Central Union on Monday at Calexico. (ERIC MILLER PHOTO)
“We did pretty good,” Calexico No. 1 singles player Jesus Castillo said. “Singles and doubles both played pretty well.
“We just fixed the problems we had in our preseason matches,” the 17-year-old senior said. Castillo beat Central’s David Armenta 6-4, Esteban Galvan 6-0, and Ernie Gutierrez 6-0.
Calexico’s No. 2 player, Raul de la Torre, also swept (6-0, 6-0, 6-0), as did Francisco Rodriguez (6-1, 6-0, 6-0).
“We’ve got things we need to work on,” Calexico coach Xavier Rodriguez said.
“The team is playing well, but we played against a young Central team that’s going to improve, so we have to continue to get better before we play them again,” he said.
The Bulldogs struggled more with doubles play, where the No. 1 team of Cesar Marco and Edgar Castillo was the only group to sweep all three matches (6-3, 6-1, 6-1).
Central’s No. 2 pair, Brandon Beltran and Doh Kim, rebounded from their loss to Marco/Castillo to beat Calexico’s No. 2 and No. 3 teams (6-3, 7-6).
Calexico’s No. 3 team of Adrian Meneses and Erick Ramirez nabbed victories against the No. 1 Spartan pair of Francis Valenzuela and Jose Lopez and Virey/Vasquez (6-1 each).
“We learned a good lesson today,” was Central coach Dan Williams’ only comment.
The Bulldogs (7-1, 2-0 IVL) will play against Vincent Memorial High at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday while Central takes on Southwest at 4 p.m..
“(Vincent Memorial) has a few tough players,” Castillo said. “Every year they bring new players and sometimes you don’t know what they have until you face them.
“It’s exciting to play them at the beginning of the season,” he said. “We just have to be ready.”