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Foothill League baseball: Hart livens up at right time

Indians get a pair in seventh to defeat Saugus

Posted: April 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart High pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws a pitch on Wednesday at Hart High School. The senior threw a complete game in leading the Indians to a 2-1 victory.

 

Sometimes the best way to judge a pitcher is to based on his response when under duress.

Enter Hart’s Tyler Glasnow, who struggled a bit with control early on Wednesday and had to pitch with his team behind nearly the entire game.

Glasnow’s refusal to give in paid off in the seventh inning, when the Hart bats came up with two big runs that resulted in a 2-1 Foothill League victory over Saugus on Wednesday at Saugus High.

The senior right-hander tossed a complete game, allowing an earned run off three hits and striking out 11.

It spoiled another stellar outing by Saugus starter Justin Donatella, who also went the distance.

“(Glasnow) allowed us to hang around a little bit,” said Hart head coach Jim Ozella. “It wasn’t our best performance today, but he kept us within striking distance.”

Pinch-hitter Garrett Gooding struck first for Hart (15-4, 6-2) in the seventh inning with the game on the line.

With Alex Tenorio on first base via a leadoff single, Gooding sent the ball into right field for an RBI double in his only at-bat of the game to knot things up at 1-1.

Two batters later, catcher Steve Rosso hit a lazy fly ball into shallow right field, but Saugus second baseman Dylan Freyre lost track of it and let it fall, scoring pinch-runner Renton Pexa from third.

The run was unearned, but it proved to be the eventual game-winner.

Donatella surrendered seven hits, struck out two and didn’t walk a batter in a mostly formidable performance.

“Our guy deserved to win,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora. “As good as (Glasnow) was, our guy pitched as good or even better in some situations.”

The Centurions (7-12, 2-6) took the 1-0 lead in the second inning when Glasnow hit two batters and gave up a single to load the bases. He then issued the game’s only walk to Nick Warren to allow the first run to come across.

“I was trying to throw too hard and was pulling out and lost a lot of velocity,” Glasnow said. “But I took a little bit of velocity off later on and I started locating a lot better.”

It turned out less was more. He got out of the jam with an infield pop-out and a strikeout. After giving up the run, Glasnow retired 17 of the remaining 18 Saugus batters in the game.

“There’s times when you don’t have your great stuff, but you’ve got to maintain, and I thought he did a great job of doing that,” Ozella said.

The Indians remain tied for first place in the league with Valencia while Saugus has now lost six of its last seven Foothill games.

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