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Robbie Mousselli goes the distance as Vikings advance to D-I quarterfinals

Posted: May 21, 2008 1:57 a.m.
Updated: July 22, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Valencia hurler Robbie Mousselli snaps off a pitch to Lakewood in the fifth inning of a CIF Division I second round playoff game in Valencia on Tuesday afternoon. Mousselli shut down the Lancers, 4-0.

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It was a battle of the mound in Tuesday's second round playoff match-up between Valencia and Lakewood, with the Vikings shutting out the Lancers 4-0.

Both pitchers held each other scoreless until the Vikings offensive explosion in the sixth inning. A four-run eruption which gave Robbie Mousselli a hard-earned complete-game victory.

"It was tough," said Mousselli, who struck out nine Lancers on the afternoon. "It gave me all the confidence in the world just to pitch my own game because I knew I had my defense behind me. (Their pitcher) definitely gave me a run for my money.

"I was due for a good game." he added.

The Vikings banged out five hits off Lancer pitcher Derrick Dingeman, four of those coming in the sixth before relief pitcher Omar Jiminez stepped in to try to cool off the Valencia squad.

Valencia kicked off its offense with freshman Christian Lopes and Dylan Jones both collecting singles. Mousselli then stepped to the plate and drove in two runs with a line drive double to left.

"I feel like this is the best we've ever played as a team." Lopes said. "We have really gelled."

Mousselli stepped to the plate and drove in the two runs with a line drive double to left field. That was all the Vikings would need to seal the win, however, the scoring did not end there.

Following Mousselli was catcher Tommy Ferndino, who drove in a run with a line drive double to left and advanced to third base on a Lancer error.

Sophomore Kyle Eaton then singled to drive in the Vikings' final run.

Eaton finished 1-for-3 on the game, while Jones was 2-for-3 with one run scored and Lopes went 1-for-3.

"We knew what was going to happen," said Vikings head coach Jared Snyder. "It was who's going to crack first. I'm very proud of my kids that we didn't crack. We didn't make any errors and we made all the plays."

The Vikings now look to the quarterfinals and a tough Simi Valley squad on the road Friday afternoon.

"We're doing a lot of good things right now," Snyder added. "We're playing our best baseball which is big."

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