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Brown, Souza power Indians past Grizzlies

Hart pitcher throws near no-hitter

Posted: March 26, 2009 1:43 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Trevor Brown came within an out of a no-hitter against Golden Valley Wednesday, but a two-out single off the bat of Golden Valley catcher Rocky Sherwood broke up the Hart right-hander’s bid for perfection in the Indians’ 5-0 win over the Grizzlies.

While Brown’s bid for near perfection was thwarted, he still threw a complete game, leading the Indians to their first Foothill League win.

“I was so bummed,” Brown said of Sherwood’s single up the middle. “I made one bad pitch all day, and that was it.”

Brown was able to close down the shutout by getting the next batter, Kamran Young to hit into a fielder’s choice.

“I think how this team played against Hart last year may have something to do with how we played today,” said first-year Golden Valley head coach Scott Drootin. “I was still pleased with our overall effort, but they took advantage of some mistakes we made.”

Hart (4-4-1, 1-1) struck early with five singles in the first, including an RBI knock from first baseman Devin Rodriguez. However, Rodriguez was cut down rounding first, which helped to limit the Indian rally to a pair of runs.

“We were focused on not going 0-2,” said Hart head coach Jim Ozella. “We wanted to come out and play good baseball, and we succeeded in doing that.”

After allowing a walk in the first inning, Brown set down 15 straight batters before he committed a throwing error in the sixth to allow right fielder Jordan Yallen to reach base.

“I was getting ahead of a lot guys,” Brown said. “My off-speed pitches were getting over for strikes, which is big for me.”

Hart’s big blow came in the third inning when second baseman Spencer Souza launched a three-run homer to dead center field to stretch the Indian lead to 5-0.

“Souza locked in on that at-bat,” Ozella said. “The runs we scored early were prime examples of how we executed.”

The early lead Hart staked Brown to was more than enough for the Indian starter to pick up his first win of the season, while mowing down Golden Valley (3-4, 1-1).

kdamore@the-signal.com

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