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Warriors drop Hart

Timmerman’s double pushes West Torrance to a victory over the Indians

Posted: March 18, 2009 1:33 a.m.
Updated: March 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.

West Torrance's Rashad Johnson (10) is safe at home after beating the tag of Hart catcher Kevin Bailey Tuesday at Hart High School.

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Hart led after six innings against West Torrance Tuesday, but Warrior second baseman Daniel Timmerman came to the plate in the top of the seventh with a pair of runners on.

It was a chance to redeem himself for a pair of earlier errors.

Timmerman seized the opportunity, ripping a two-run double to tie the game and opening the door for West Torrance to pick up a 5-4 win in the eighth.

“Games like this one are why we schedule teams like Hart,” said West Torrance head coach Juan Cueva. “We know they’re going to give us a tough game, and today was the kind of game that helps get us ready for league play because once we get into that, every game is a dog fight.”

The game was a pitching duel early as Hart’s Trevor Brown and West Torrance’s Trevor Neer posted a trio of shutout frames to begin the game. After another scoreless inning from Brown, Hart (2-3-1) broke through in the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back homers from Devin Rodriguez and Nolan Simons.

“I thought we played well for most of the game offensively and on the mound,” said Hart head coach Jim Ozella. “We just didn’t capitalize on a couple opportunities we had to stretch the lead.”

Hart did stretch its lead in the fifth with another pair of runs off of reliever Daniel Machado. Brown ripped a two-run single after Timmerman booted a shot to second off the bat of Jeremy Villalovos.

Machado was able to get out of the inning without any further damage and settled in to pitch scoreless sixth and seventh innings.

“We did a good job of not letting them get an extra run,” Cueva said. “Machado pitched great. He was a little flat, and his stuff wasn’t quite what it usually is, but he really thought out there and pitched some great innings.”

Brown took a shutout into the seventh, allowing only three hits and no walks in the first six frames. But Brown’s command left him in the seventh, and he threw two wild pitches and a pair of passed balls before leaving with two out and a man on with two runs already in.

Tanner Sanchez looked to close out the game, but he walked Rashad Johnson before Timmerman stepped to the plate.

“Our guys never gave up,” Cueva said. “When the seventh started I told the guys to just take it one pitch at a time, and our seniors stepped it up.”

Timmerman ripped a drive into the left center field gap, while Johnson raced around the bases to narrowly beat the Indian relay to the plate to tie the game. Johnny Palmer doubled off Christian Blumel to open the eighth and came around to score the deciding run for West Torrance (5-1).

“This is a great win for us and should be valuable down the line,” Cueva said.

The Indians left directly from the field for a game at Birmingham that was scheduled to start an hour after the extra-inning affair ended.

kdamore@the-signal.com

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