The Bears’ bats were wide awake from the first pitch. The first four hitters for Selma reached base and the team scored four runs in both the first and second innings to take an 8-0 lead.
But Immanuel would not go down quietly as the Eagles answered in the bottom of the second with six runs.
Selma right fielder Isaiah Gastelum, who was named MVP of the tournament, reached base four times on three hits, including a double, and a walk with three runs scored and three RBIs.
Gastelum said that the key to his big game was his disciplined approach at the plate.
“Just seeing the ball and staying in my zone,” he said.
Gastelum’s three-run double in the fifth inning, his second at-bat of the frame, put the finishing touches on a slugfest-style win for the Bears.
Bears coach John Hollett Jr. said that wins such as these can be a springboard to finish the regular season strong. Selma (19-3 overall) and Immanuel (20-4) are tied for the CSL lead at 8-1 with a final meeting scheduled April 26 at Immanuel.
“It’s just kind of the way we try to do it,” Hollett Jr. said. “We try to get better at the end of the season. Hopefully we’re peaking at the end of the year and into the playoffs.”