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L.A. City Puts On a Show in Victory Over Mission : Junior college baseball: Cubs bang out 16 hits, including two homers by Nestor Martinez, en route to 13-2 win.


A traveling carnival was in full swing Saturday alongside the Mission College baseball field at El Cariso Park in Sylmar, but visiting L.A. City set off the fireworks, beating the Free Spirit, 13-2, in a Southern California Athletic Conference game.

The Cubs (16-15, 7-8 in conference play) pounded four pitchers for 16 hits, including two home runs and a school single-game-record nine doubles, for their third victory over the Free Spirit (20-12, 10-5) in four games.

It was the fifth consecutive defeat--third in conference--for Mission, which dropped from first place earlier this week. The Free Spirit will play East L.A. on Thursday and Saturday.

"It's been a heck of a week," Mission Coach John Klitsner said. "We've turned a chance of having a great year into a pretty average year. . . . We are in trouble. We are either going to bounce back and show some character or we won't. It's got to happen between the lines. I'm pretty much out of motivational speeches."

L.A. City batters, on the other hand, played inspired baseball Saturday, particularly third baseman Nestor Martinez.

The Chatsworth High product had two two-run home runs, two doubles and six runs batted in. Martinez, a left-handed batter, smashed homers in the third and fifth innings off right-hander Josh Brown (9-2). His second blast over the right-center-field fence put the Cubs ahead, 6-1.

Brown, a submariner who had been undefeated until Cerro Coso beat him Tuesday, was hit hard and gave up seven hits and six earned runs in five innings.

"I don't know if he's not making his pitches or teams have adjusted to him a little bit," Klitsner said.

Mission never adjusted to Cub right-hander Andrew Settle (7-1), who went the distance and scattered 10 hits, all singles. He gave up a single run in the third on a two-out single by Jose Gallegos and another with none out in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Gallegos.

"Settle also has four saves, so he has been involved in 11 of our victories," L.A. City Coach Dan Cowgill said. "He didn't even play high school baseball."

The Cubs iced the game with five runs in the eighth on six hits, including three doubles.

Mission third baseman Robert Garcia was three for five and designated hitter Gary Matthews was two for four and scored both runs.

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