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SCCS baseball beats SCV rival Trinity

Posted: April 29, 2014 10:31 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2014 10:31 p.m.

SCCS's Cooper Roig, left, high-fives teammate Tommy Curry after scoring a run against Trinity on Tuesday at the William S. Hart PONY Complex.

Time off can give players a chance to recuperate.

But it can also affect a team’s rhythm.

After not playing in over a week, the Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals overcame nine walks and four errors to defeat the Trinity Classical Academy Knights 16-10 on Tuesday in a Heritage League affair at the William S. Hart Pony Complex.

“Always good to get a win, and we’re thankful for that,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss. “Coming off a little over a week off (from) Easter break, it showed a little bit. We didn’t play as well as we’re capable.”

Ranked No. 1 in CIF-Southern Section Division VII, SCCS (12-1 overall, 4-0 Heritage League) held a 12-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, but its pitching and defense allowed Trinity to crawl back into the game.

The Knights (6-6, 2-2) sent 13 hitters to the plate, but recorded only two hits in the frame.

On top of two Cardinal errors in the inning, Trinity drew six consecutive walks to plate seven runs.

Caleb Wilson capped off the scoring with a ground ball to drive in Aaron Servera to cut the deficit to 12-10.

“That’s one of the things we’ve talked about is that we don’t give up, and we don’t put our heads down,” said Trinity head coach Ray Wilson of his team. “We keep our heads up and we keep going. I’m really proud of the way they hung in there.”

Moss called upon Clint Ross to get the Cardinals out of the bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning.

And the junior southpaw delivered.

Ross recorded the final nine outs for SCCS, including three strikeouts.

“Throw as hard as I can, get strikes, and get out of there as quickly as possible,” Ross said regarding his mind-set when he stepped on the rubber.

SCCS scored four runs in the seventh inning to pull away, including a two-RBI single by Joe Sparks to score Noah Dent and Colton Huckabone.

Sparks finished 1-for-3 with a walk, three RBIs and a run, Dent went 2-for-3 with two walks, two stolen bases and four runs, while Logan Eagle went 2-for-4 with two steals and two runs.

Wilson finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs, while Jarrod Woods went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run for Trinity.

The teams will play the series finale Thursday at the William S. Hart Pony Complex.

SCCS won the first meeting 13-0 on April 1.


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