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Bauer sours Cowboys

Posted: March 27, 2008 3:32 a.m.
Updated: May 28, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 
It's not everyday that lacking your best stuff on the mound can translate to 10 strikeouts and a complete game, two-hit shutout.

By his face, it isn't likely anyone would have known that Hart right hander Trevor Bauer had such a performance on Wednesday on the road against Canyon in a 6-0 win.

"I'm a little disappointed," Bauer said. "I don't think I had my best stuff, but I got the win and that's all that matters."

Best stuff or not, the junior pitcher faced just two batters over the minimum and allowed only one base runner to reach third. In 28 2/3 innings this season, Bauer has allowed two runs. He has 48 strikeouts against six walks.

"He's able to throw four pitches for strikes, but overall what gets him strikeouts is that he can get ahead in the count," said Hart head coach Jim Ozella. "Early in the game he was behind in the count but later he was in the groove."

Bauer was perfect through the first three innings but Canyon's Tyler Pugmire led off the fourth inning with an infield single. He hit a ball deep in the hole between shortstop and third and beat out the throw by Indians shortstop Trevor Matern.

Pugmire moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Scherich and took third on a passed ball. That was as close as Canyon (4-6-1, 0-4) would get to plating a run.

The only other hit for the Cowboys came from Ryan Low with one out in the sixth frame, but Pugmire grounded into a double play to end the inning.

A lack of offense and some shaky defensive plays erased a solid effort from Canyon starter Sean Gavin, who went five-plus innings allowing three runs, two of those unearned.

The Indians scored two runs in the second inning due to two passed balls.

"As great as Sean pitched, we have to put up runs for him and we haven't been able to do that," said Canyon head coach Brandon Montemayor.

The Indians (9-3, 4-0) didn't have any such problems on Wednesday.

Out of their eight hits, six of them were doubles.

"It's all about getting guys on base," said Indian Jason Rehhaut, who had two doubles and scored twice in the game.

"We're getting them over and getting them in."

Hart had two sacrifice flies in the game for runs and had five different players with an RBI. Matern was the only player with multiple RBIs in the game, bringing a run home with a sacrifice fly in the second and also hitting a double to left field that brought in a run in the sixth. Matern was 2-for-3 with two doubles.

With the combination of strong pitching and timely hitting, Hart has improved to 4-0 in Foothill League play. The Indians face the only other undefeated team in league on Friday when they play Valencia at home.

Canyon drops to 1-3 in league play.

"We've had some troubles all around. We're waiting for it all to come together," Montemayor said. "We're hoping it's soon because with only a couple more losses it's tough to be in a position to make playoffs."

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