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Bauer tames Wildcats

Posted: May 10, 2008 7:29 p.m.
Updated: July 11, 2008 5:03 a.m.

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Trevor Bauer made a bet at the beginning of the baseball season that he would get 100 strikeouts .

Bauer surpassed that number by one on Friday when Hart clinched sole possession of the Foothill League title in its defeat against West Ranch 4-0 on Bud Murray field.

"It felt great," Bauer said. " I felt really good before the game and I had my good stuff at the mound."

Bauer pitched a complete game shutout, striking out 11 and allowing only two hits. He finishes the season 11-0 with 101 strikeouts.

Hart clinches it's first league title since 2001, the second under Jim Ozella's coaching.

"We wanted to get it (league title) out right," Ozella said. "We wanted to stay hot and get into the playoffs on a roll.

We scored runs when we needed to score runs."

Hart baseball had been in a slump after consecutive league title wins in 1974-76, 1982-85, and 1992-2000. The dominance of this years Hart team is credited to it's top pitchers at the mound and strong hitters at the plate.

"This team is dominated by two pitchers that give us quality performances every time," Ozella said. "We're dangerous offensively and way good at the mound and we earn every game with those things," Ozella, of course, is referring to senior Michael Montgomery who has been the Indian's preeminent pitcher.

On the season, Montgomery had a ERA of 1.22, had 85 strikeouts and his batting average against hitters is .146.

From here Montgomery and the rest of the team look to make a run in the playoffs.

Hart's last CIF-Southern Section Division I championship came in 1999.

Historically, the Indians are known to go deep into the playoffs coming up as semifinalist in 2004 and runner's up in 1982 and 1989.

"The playoffs is a bonus for us," Bauer said. "We just have to focus on winning one game at a time and hopefully something will happen for us."

Hart went into Friday's game with a playoff state of mind.

Although, the team was only held to two hits in the first three innings, it's offense was kick started in the fourth with senior Jenzen Torres driving in the Indians first run with a single to left.

In the bottom of the fifth, left fielder Danny Susdorf blasted a two run home run over the left field wall. This was the first home run of the season for Susdorf who was 1-for-4 on the day with two RBIs.

"It was probably one of the best feelings of my life," Susdorf said. "I was just looking for a way to produce for our team, he threw an inside fastball and I turned on it."

Hart added one more run in the sixth with senior Jason Rehhaut slamming a home run off a Charlie Gillies fastball out left field.

The Indians are currently seeded No. 6 in the Division I standings and they will find out on Monday what their seeding will be in the playoffs.

The Indians finish the regular season 14-1 with its only loss being to Valencia on March 28. Hart will likely play its first round playoff game at home on Friday.

"We knew if we played to our potential we would be fine," Ozella said. "We challenged ourselves on earlier in the year against some tough teams. This team had a goal in mind and they really wanted to win and they did."

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