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CIF baseball playoffs: Trinity debuts then exits

Knights play first-ever playoff baseball game

Posted: May 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Just about every Trinity Classical Academy sport competed in its first varsity season during the 2010-11 school year and made strides, including baseball.

But the Knights baseball season ended in a 6-2 loss to Coast Union of Cambria in the wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VII playoffs on Wednesday at Coast Union High School.

Though the Knights (7-9) participated in a few varsity contests last year, they weren’t official members of the CIF until this season.

“As a coach, I’m very proud of the boys,” said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan. “We had four, five true baseball players that played through Little League. The other guys we’ve taught how to play the last two years.”

Unfortunately, the inexperience made things difficult for Trinity to handle windy conditions in the small, coastal town of Cambria.

Leading 2-1 in the fourth inning, the Knights committed four errors and surrendered five runs to fall behind for good.

All five runs were scored with two outs and all were credited to starting pitcher Chris Buchanan, who finished the day after 3 2/3 innings of allowing three hits and striking out two. Of his six runs allowed, two were earned.

Dakota Prochnow finished the pitching for Trinity.

Both of the Knights’ runs were scored in the second inning.

Nick Spinello reached on an error to lead off and Patch Kulp followed with a single. The two freshmen were moved along to second and third before James Brooks hit a fly ball to center field that was mishandled, scoring both Spinello and Kulp.
Trinity couldn’t get much going at the plate other than that.

The Broncos (8-12) finished third in the Coast Valley League this season, while Trinity came in third in the Omega League.

The Knights won’t lose a single player to graduation and five juniors are expected to return for the 2012 season as the school’s first senior class.


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