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Hart goes on early assault

Rodriguez and Bouyer combine for eight RBIs in Indians rout of Canyon

Posted: April 2, 2009 1:19 a.m.
Updated: April 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Hart’s Spenser Souza, back, makes the tag on Canyon’s Chili Viall, front, Wednesday at Hart. Hart’s Spenser Souza, back, makes the tag on Canyon’s Chili Viall, front, Wednesday at Hart.
Hart’s Spenser Souza, back, makes the tag on Canyon’s Chili Viall, front, Wednesday at Hart.
Hart put 12 runs on the board in the first three innings en route to a 15-3 home victory over Canyon to pick up its third league win of the season.

“We were able to get after them early and get an early lead, which I think helped us get into a comfort zone,” said Hart head coach Jim Ozella. “At the same time, it put added pressure on them, which was nice for us. We knew we didn’t want to let Canyon hang around.”

Hart (6-3-1, 3-1) struck for a pair of runs in the first before tacking on four more in the second behind a three-run homer from first baseman Devin Rodriguez.

“I got a change-up that just kind of hung out over the plate, and I was able to drive it,” Rodriguez said. “I was just focused on putting together a good at-bat like our whole team was.”

Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with five RBIs in the game.

Hart’s Adam Bouyer was 2-for-2 with three RBIs.

Hart put together a series of good at-bats in the third, as seven straight Indians reached base to score six runs and make it a 12-1 spread.

“Hart did a great job in all aspects of the game,” said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer. “It’s not like it was a miracle on the field today. They just played better baseball than us.”

Sophomore starter Garrett Gooding carried Hart through the first four innings, allowing five Canyon baserunners and a run.

“When I watch Garrett pitch like he pitched today, I know he’s coming up on reaching the next plateau,” Ozella said.

For Hart, it was an afternoon that looked reminiscent of last season’s 14-1 run through the Foothill League. The Indians only committed one error while tallying 16 hits.

Hart also used four pitchers to combine on the winning effort.

“We had the chance to get some of our guys innings to help us gear up for our next game,” Ozella said. “We definitely didn’t look past this game, but when you can use some guys who need work it is a bonus.”

Christian Blumel worked a perfect seventh to seal the victory for Hart.

“This was a day where I think we got a consistent effort from our team,” Ozella said. “Consistency is one thing we are really working on. We ran the bases hard, and we know that this is what it will take to compete in the our league.”

Canyon (1-10, 0-4) put across two runs in the sixth inning on a two-run single from Jacob Kelsey.

Donnie Young plated the Cowboys’ first run with an RBI single in the third.


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