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SCCS seniors key success

Cardinals baseball is undefeated in league play.

Posted: April 9, 2008 9:09 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
Santa Clarita Christian head baseball coach Garrick Moss knows how important senior leadership can be.

He lost four seniors, all starters, to graduation last year. Moss lost an additional three starters who transferred or moved.

But this year, seniors Nick Bando, Seth Secor, and Brock Heerdt have played a major role in making those losses not nearly as problematic as they could have been.

The trio have been key to the Cardinals' 7-3 overall record and 3-0 run so far in Heritage League play.

For Bando and Heerdt, they've led SCCS not only with their bats, but on the mound too.

"They hit in the three and four holes and they pitch really well," Moss said. "Their pitching is their strength. They are keeping us in games. Those two guys have been the leaders as seniors. They both throw pretty hard, so it's nice to have two guys that can throw well."

Bando is new to the team this year, moving from Arizona. His father, Chris Bando took an assistant coaching position at The Master's College this year and so Nick started at SCCS in January.

He's 5-1 on the mound this season and he's also hitting .528, and leading the Cardinals with 17 RBIs. Bando also has a home run and six doubles.

"A big surprise was Nick Bando coming in January," Moss said. "Without him we're not the same team at all. He's just got a ton of talent."

Heerdt is 2-2, with two of those losses coming against Desert Christian and Rosamond, two of the tougher teams in CIF-Southern Section Division VI, according to Moss.

"Brock has come through big really working in the offseason offensively and defensively," Moss said. "He's come into the season ready to go. He's kept his arm in shape and really done a good job."

With his bat, the senior Heerdt is hitting a team-high .552. He has 10 RBIs, one home run, two triples and five doubles.

Heerdt will get the start today at the Hart Complex at 7 p.m., when his team faces Los Angeles Lutheran. SCCS defeated Los Angeles Lutheran 16-1 on Tuesday on the road.

Secor hits in the fifth spot behind Bando, and Secor has seven RBIs and is hitting .452. Moss said the senior has taken advantage of Bando and Heerdt being on base ahead of him.

The team has started off with three straight wins in Heritage League play, but Moss said the toughest part of the schedule is still ahead.

Starting on April 22, SCCS plays three games apiece against Faith Baptist (6-4, 3-2) and Milken Community (12-2, 6-1), which are two of the top teams in league. Milken has beaten Faith Baptist in two of three games this season.

The Cardinals will finish up their regular season at Milken on May 8.

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