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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Indios retain title of Mex-Am tourney

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  • Newton Kansan
    The Kansas City Indios might be starting a dynastic run at the Newton Mexican-American Athletic Club Men's Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament, which ended Sunday at Kelsch Field.
    The Indios ran the table to win the tournament for the second straight year, stopping Pueblo Dilligas 18-4 in the championship game. The game was halted after five innings.
    Rico Garcia finished the final game four for five hitting with four runs scored and four RBIs.
    "My thinking was to go out and get everybody going," Indios Rico Garcia said. "I just wanted to get everybody fired up. We played really hard. We played with a heavy heart. My older brother passed away a year to the day. We did it for him."
    Rico Garcia was named most valuable player in the tournament. Brother Adan Garcia was named most valuable pitcher.
    It was the second title for the Indios this season out of about five tournaments.
    "We've been struggling a little bit," Rico Garcia said. "We just came out here and did it for my brother."
    Adan Garcia got the win in the championship game, allowing four runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He finished 3-0 in the tournament, including two one-hitters. Jaime Garcia Jr. was 2-0 pitching, winning two games by shutout, including a 10-0 no-hitter against Wichita Basic Brown.
    "Our bats were on fire," Adan Garcia said. "Our defense played well. Our pitching was good. My riser was moving really good all weekend. Dilligas is a really good team. They hit the ball well. It's our second straight. We'll bring the same team next year. It's all family. It's hard to break up when it's all family."
    The Indios had 22 hits. All but one batter had a hit. Jaime Garcia Jr. went three for four hitting with four RBIs. Johnny Angel went two for four with four RBIs. Jordy Garcia and Dominic Garcia each went went three for three with two RBIs.
    "It went great," Jaime Garcia Jr. said. "We did a great job getting on base. We all did great. It wasn't all one person, when you score 10 runs. It's a great environment here."
    Jaime Garcia Jr. has been selected as an outfielder for the U.S. National Team at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and the World Championships in Argentina.
    Dilligas lost its first-round game and won six games in the consolation round to reach the finals, five on Sunday.
    The Indios opened the game with a Rico Garcia home run to spark a three-run inning. The Indios added two more runs in the second inning. Rico Garcia added a two-run homer in the third.
    Page 2 of 2 - Dilligas finally scored in the bottom of the third when Rocky Frederico hit an RBI triple and came home on a ground out.
    Each team had two runs in the fourth inning. The Indios put things away with eight runs in the top of the fifth. Johnny Angell hit a three-run home run in the inning.
    Danny Roybal took the loss for Dilligas pitching. Mario Arellano finished two for two hitting.
    The Newton J-Train finished third. J-Train beat the Hutchinson Angels 8-4, the South Bishop Street Tavern 4-0 and Pueblo Los Bandidos 5-3. J-Train lost in the semifinals to Kansas City Indios 7-0.
    In the consolation semifinals, J-Train lost to Pueblo Dilligas 3-1.
    The Newton Mexican Mexican-American Athletic Club team finished 2-2 to tie for fifth. The team opened with wins over the Kansas City Bandidos 5-2 and Kansas City Locos 11-6 before losing in the quarterfinals to the Kansas City Indios 10-2. The NMAAC then lost to Pueblo Dilligas 7-1 in the fourth consolation round.
    Two Newton teams finished 0-2 — Los Viejos and Los Niños.
     
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