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SCCs baseball avenges last year's loss

Posted: May 27, 2014 9:46 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2014 9:46 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian Clint Ross delivers to Riverside Christian on Tuesday at Riverside Christian High.

 

Last year the Santa Clarita Christian baseball team was booted from the postseason by Riverside Christian.

Luckily for the Cardinals, more than half of this year’s roster is made of up freshmen who don’t remember it.

On Tuesday, SCCS avenged last year’s loss to the Cougars with a 10-1 win in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VII postseason at Riverside Christian.

It was the upperclassmen paving the way for the Cardinals (20-1) on Tuesday with junior Clint Ross pitching six innings for the win.

Ross allowed one run on five hits while striking out five to improve his record on the mound to 8-1 this year.

He also went 1-for-4 at the plate with a two-run triple in the seventh that helped seal the win.

“Clint is the hardest working kid on the team,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss. “It is very vocal, very intense and passionate. The younger guys see that in him as a leader and follow that.”

Fellow juniors Colton Huckabone and Tommy Curry were also instrumental to the Cardinals’ win. Huckabone finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

Curry made it on base in all of his at-bats, going 1-for-1 with two walks and a hit by pitch. He scored three runs.

The Cardinals took an early 1-0 lead in the first only to give the run back in the second.

The damage could have been worse as the Cougars (12-6) had runners on second and third with only one out, but Ross got a strikeout and forced a groundout to end the inning.

“(Ross) did a great job of not losing his composure even after he got into a couple of jams,” Moss said.

After scoring three in the third inning and taking a 4-1 lead, the Cardinals’ bats cooled off in the fourth and fifth innings.

SCCS plated one in the sixth for a 5-1 lead but really put things away in the seventh.

They scored five in the inning, highlighted by Ross’ two-run triple and Huckabone’s two-run double.

“It’s a crazy time. The kids have finals today and tomorrow and it’s easy to lose focus,” Moss said. “But they did a great job of battling and staying aggressive at the plate.”

Riverside Prep beat Palm Valley 9-3 in its second-round matchup, meaning SCCS will host the quarterfinal game against Silver Knights at The Master’s College on Friday at 3:15 p.m.

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