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SCCS baseball cruises to first-round win

Posted: May 22, 2014 10:32 p.m.
Updated: May 22, 2014 10:32 p.m.

The Cardinals Cooper Roig tries to get around the tag of Cuyama Valley's Mike Mendiburu in the third inning of Thursday's first-round game at The Master's College.

The Santa Clarita Christian baseball team has to be wondering when it will get a real test this season.

The Cardinals (18-1) cruised to a 16-2 win over Cuyama Valley in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VII playoffs on Thursday at The Master’s College, their seventh double-digit win this season.

The Bears (8-7) defeated Calvary Christian 7-4 on Wednesday in the wild-card round but had trouble finding solid pitching for Thursday’s game against SCCS.

“It hurt them having to throw all their pitchers yesterday because they were gassed and didn’t have much control or velocity because of that,” said Cardinals head coach Garrick Moss. “It’s just tough coming off of back-to-back games like that.”

Freshman Noah Dent earned his 10th win of the season for SCCS, striking out three and allowing one hit over three innings.

The Cardinals’ pitching was on point, as it has been all season.

Cuyama Valley’s was anything but.

Tommy Curry gave SCCS a 1-0 lead in the first after earning a walk, stealing both second and third, and then coming home on a passed ball.

The Cardinals were held scoreless in the second but broke the game wide open in the third when 11 of the 15 batters the Cardinals brought to the plate came in to score.

The highlight of the inning was Caleb Peavy’s inside-the-park home run that brought in Curry and Ryan Franchimone.

“I was actually thinking it was going to be a double, but then I saw their left fielder going back pretty far so I thought it could be a triple,” said Peavy. “And then I get to third and he’s still going so I thought, ‘Dang this could be a home run,’ and I saw the catcher behind me and I knew I had it.”

Cuyama Valley’s pitchers had trouble finding the strikezone all day, issuing eight walks just in the third inning.

Five of the Cardinals’ 11 runs in the inning were by way of either a passed ball or a wild pitch.

The Bears were finally able to get on the board in the fifth when Damien Medina came home on a throwing error.

“It was a good season. Everybody hung in there and played well all season long,” said Cuyama Valley head coach Troy Carpenter. “They gave it their all against a really good team and that’s all I could ask for.”

Now the Cardinals will face the winner of today’s Riverside Christian-Lee Vining game. SCCS will be on the road if Riverside wins. If Lee Vining wins then there will be a coin-flip to see who the home team will be.


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