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Prep baseball: Cardinals begin again

SCCS falls to Frazier Mountain while trying to shake off rust

Posted: March 10, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 10, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian first baseman Trent Garrison dives to stop a ground ball against Frazier Mountain on Wednesday at Reese Field at The Master’s College. SCCS lost 12-6.

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Santa Clarita Christian’s baseball team has plenty of early season rust to shake off.

That didn’t stop it from making a run after falling behind by seven runs in its season opener.

The run fell short, as Frazier Mountain ran away late for a 12-6 win Wednesday at The Master’s College.

The Cardinals (0-1) scored all six of their runs in the fifth inning, which pulled them within one run at 7-6.

“I’m not worried at all,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss of the loss. “I’m proud of how we battled back.”

Due to the fact that the majority of the team plays winter sports, the 13-man Cardinals roster has had about a week to practice leading up to Wednesday.

Most teams, like Frazier Mountain, have been practicing since November, Moss said.

“It’s tough at a small school,” said SCCS pitcher Ryan Fullerton. “You have so many guys playing so many different sports, but we did better than I thought we would today.”

Though the Cardinals only had four hits in the game, they put together the fifth-inning rally with aggressive base running and good approaches at the plate.

It also helped that they got Falcons starting pitcher Buddy Cooper out of the game during the frame.

Cooper got the win for the Falcons (1-1), allowing just two hits in 4 2/3 innings, but also hit two batters and walked another to load the bases in the fifth.

“We got him rattled a little bit, and got him to where he was getting his pitches up,” Moss said.

Third baseman Luke Asher delivered with a two-RBI single up the middle off Frazier Mountain reliever Nick Ouhm.

After that, a pop-up near the catcher was mishandled by Falcons third baseman Casey Holcomb in what turned out to be a two-run error with Ryan O’Neill at the plate.

Asher and Trenton Garrison also had RBIs in the inning.

But the Cardinals’ bullpen couldn’t stop the bleeding, as Frazier Mountain added another run in the sixth and four more in the seventh off relievers Jake Kaiseski and Davis Muxlow, two newcomers to the staff.

“This is our second game this year, and we were thrilled to be able to come out and make contact,” said Frazier Mountain head coach John Bever.

Just five players return from last year’s roster for SCCS, and four are brand new to the sport.

Fullerton, the Cardinals’ junior ace, will likely be the team’s most productive hitter as well.

He went 1-for-2 with a single at the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Batting cleanup this season will be returning first baseman Garrison.

This season will be a learning process for the many new faces wearing Cardinal uniforms.

“They haven’t touched a baseball, most of them, since May or last spring sometime,” Moss said.

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