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Foothill baseball: Hart heats up late once again

Gooding’s strong start, Rosso’s RBIs helps Indians rally past Canyon

Posted: April 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart catcher Steve Rosso hits a two-RBI single against Canyon on Friday at Hart High School.

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The Hart baseball team has been forced to come up with late runs on many occasions this year.

If the Indians' game against Canyon on Friday is any indication, they are getting good at it.

Garrett Gooding outdueled Cowboys starting pitcher J.T. Arguellez in his first home start in over a month, and Steve Rosso came up with a crucial two-run double in the sixth inning to give Hart a 2-1 win at Hart High School.

"We've shown a habit of being able to come back, and we've shown character and maturity," said Indians head coach Jim Ozella. "I think we did it again today."

Hart (17-5, 8-3) appeared poised to break the scoring open in the first after loading the bases with no outs, but Arguellez retired the next three batters in order, striking out the last two.

Both pitchers threw complete games.

Gooding totaled nine strikeouts and gave up one unearned run on four hits and one walk in his first home start since his one-hit 6-0 shutout of Golden Valley on March 18.

Arguellez struck out four, allowing` eight hits, one walk and two earned runs.

With Canyon (9-14, 4-7) ahead 1-0, the Indians led off the sixth inning with a single by Alex Tenorio, and his pinch runner, Josh Brown, was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Luke Persico. Baggio Saldivar followed with an infield single.

Two batters later, Rosso threaded a ground ball past Arguellez and a diving Cole Mears at second to score Brown and Saldivar.

"Garrett was throwing really well. It was good to get some runs on the board for him," Rosso said. "We've had a lot of come-from-behind wins. We stay focused for seven innings and never give up. When you get a win like this, it just motivates you going into the next games."

The last time Hart had to recover from a late hole was a 2-1 win over Saugus on April 20 in which the Indians scored two runs in the seventh inning.

The Cowboys, who played crisp, error-free defense the entire game, set up a similar situation Friday after Harry Bennett's RBI double in the fifth put Canyon up 1-0.

Cowboys outfielder Jacob King reached base to lead off the inning when his fly ball was dropped in right field. King moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Morrice and came around to score when Bennett's fly ball carried deep over Kevin Bailey's head in right.

"We came out fighting hard and battled our butts off," Bennett said. "We are trying to get wins and get to the playoffs. ... We believe that as long as we get one or two runs, (Arguellez) is going to back us up as best as he can."

But with Hart's clutch sixth inning and Gooding's consistency on the mound, the Indians were able to recover and come out with the win.

"(Arguellez) was doing just as good as I was," Gooding said. "They got one run off me, so I knew I had to come out and put up zeroes."

Rosso and Tenorio both finished 2-for-3 for the Indians, while Bennett and Morrice wound up hitting 2-for-3 each for the Cowboys.

 

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