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Hart inches closer to league crown

Posted: May 3, 2008 5:13 a.m.
Updated: July 4, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Hart High righty Trevor Bauer releases a pitch in a 13-0 win at Canyon. Bauer struck out 13 batters and gave up just one hit.

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Playing long toss with his pitching coach before the game Friday, Hart pitcher Trevor Bauer surprised even himself. He outthrew Ruben Escobar, a former Master's College star and draftee of the Cleveland Indians.

That's when he knew he would have his stuff.

Bauer struck out 13 in six innings and gave up just two hits, as Hart (19-6, 12-1) dominated Canyon 13-0 on the road, inching a little bit closer to clinching the Foothill League title.

"He always says, 'oh yeah, I'd outthrow you," said Bauer, who earned his 10th win. "We always go back and forth about it."

That wasn't good news for Canyon. Bauer outhrew their bats for most of the afternoon. Focusing on getting ahead in the count, something he didn't do in his last outing, Bauer took an aggressive approach on the mound. He struck out the side twice and had a chance to break his own strikeout record of 16 when he stepped to the mound in the bottom of the sixth.

After striking out the first two Canyon hitters, Tyler Pugmire grounded to short. Having thrown 95 pitches at that point, Bauer didn't come out for the seventh inning. He called it the right decision by his coach.

"I thought he was locked in today," Hart coach Jim Ozella said. "I felt like he was really dominating. He was ahead in the count the whole day. When he's ahead in the count all day and he's locating, he's pretty difficult."

While one Trevor was having his way on the mound, another Trevor, in this case Brown, went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. Even when he was taken out for a pinch hitter, the No. 7 slot in the lineup remained hot. Senior Michael Montgomery, Wednesday's starter, stepped to the plate and hit a two run bomb to right field, his first of the season.

In addition to Brown and Montgomery, Torres went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base. His double keyed a three run fourth inning that blew open the game. "I think (Canyon pitcher Austin Engel) hung a curveball," Torres said.

"I'm not too sure but it was two strikes and I was just trying to put solid contact on the ball," Torres said.

The Indians batted around in the sixth inning further doing damage to a Canyon(6-17-1, 1-12) team that's had a rough year.

Eight times Hart scored in the inning as Ozella sent most of his bench to the plate to pinch hit for his starters. Canyon starter Engel was charged with seven runs in 5+ innings, while reliever Ryan Scherich gave up six in the sixth inning.

With two games left against West Ranch, Hart has a one-game lead over Valencia and also holds the tiebreaker.

"Right now, we're trying to make sure that we end it the right way in league and go on a roll into the playoffs," Ozella said. "That's what our goal is."

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