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Navarro’s 2 HRs power ’Catz

Modified: Thursday, Mar 14th, 2013

Watsonville High’s Dimitrio Navarro gets a congratulations from coach James Gomez after hitting a home run Wednesday at Watsonville High. Navarro hit two home runs. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Dimitrio Navarro’s big day put Watsonville in a spot it hasn’t been in since the Wildcatz moved to the Monterey Bay League.

The big Watsonville slugger belted two home runs, leading the Wildcatz to a 13-2 win over rival Pajaro Valley on a chilly Wednesday night.

Navarro finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. He also scored three runs.

“Best game of the year for me by far,” Navarro said.

His performance in the box helped the Wildcatz improve to 3-2 in the Monterey Bay League’s Pacific Division. It’s the first time the Wildcatz are above .500 in league play since May 4, 2007. That was also the last season in which the boys in black and gold finished with a winning league record.

And to think that all Navarro wanted was a hit. He said after the game he wanted to get on base and help put the game away early against the rivals.

In the second inning, he helped do that.

With James Duran on third and David Ortiz on second, Navarro worked the count full. In doing so, he sent two balls out of play and onto the street, bringing some whispering wows from the crowd.

On the 3-2 pitch, Navarro straightened his swing and got all of the ball. He sent the ball to left field and over the 312-foot fence, giving Watsonville an 8-2 lead.

His next at-bat came in the top of the fifth inning, as the sun set and the temperatures quickly started dipping. Rather than work the count, he wasted no time, taking the first pitch he saw over the left-field fence to give Watsonville a 9-2 advantage.

With a chance to make it a three-homer day, Navarro came up in the top of the sixth inning and hit a grounder that was bobbled; he reached first base. He eventually came home on a wild pitch, giving Watsonville a 13-2 lead.

For the complete article see the 03-14-2013 issue.

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