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CIF baseball playoffs: Hart sticking to the plan

Indians focused on playing own game, hold on in first round

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

Hart’s Dallas Bacon (2) is welcomed at home plate by teammates Josh Bendig (3) and Tyler Webb (8) on Friday at Hart.

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The Hart baseball team doesn’t want to change anything.

Heading into the postseason, the Indians aren’t looking for a different approach at the plate or on the mound.

In the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs, they didn’t need to.

Hart went ahead on Dallas Bacon’s first-inning two-run home run, teammate Tyler Glasnow threw six strong innings, and the Indians held off Los Alamitos’ late rally to win 5-4 on Friday at Hart High.

Up next, the Indians take on reigning CIF-SS Div. I champion Mater Dei of Santa Ana on Tuesday, which beat Temecula Valley 11-1 Friday. The site has yet to be determined.

“We’ve just got to keep competing and stay the same,” said Glasnow. “Don’t change anything up. I’m superstitious that way.”

The 6-foot-7-inch right-handed pitcher only allowed one run on three hits with nine strikeouts and five walks.

He was relieved in the seventh with a 5-1 lead by Garrett Gooding.

That’s when things got a little hairy.

Hart (21-6) committed two fielding errors in the inning, including one that loaded the bases with two outs and another that allowed the Griffins (12-14-1), which finished second in the Sunset League, to pull within one run.

Los Alamitos designated hitter Dan Austin hit an RBI single with the bases loaded in the final frame that made the score 5-2. Then, Michael Ferris’ grounder to second was bobbled and rolled into the outfield, plating two more.

But Gooding struck out pinch hitter Andrew Yazdanbakhsh with the tying run on third to end the game.

“We’ve talked about that in the playoffs, it’s all about advancing. You’ve got to play well. We played well until the seventh,” said Indians head coach Jim Ozella. “This is a group that just loves to play and loves to get after it, and we got after it today. They are loose. I don’t think there is anything to be nervous about, because no one expected us to be here. Might as well have the time of your life.”

The Indians were loose early on, especially after Bacon’s home run in the first inning.

Los Alamitos starting pitcher Brandon Reynolds, who entered the game with a 1.84 ERA, hung a change-up over the plate and the Hart third baseman sent the ball over the wall in left field with Gooding on first.

“Usually when we get the lead early, we win,” Bacon said. “It gave us some confidence early.”

Hart’s Baggio Saldivar singled later in the inning and teammate Alex Tenorio collided with Griffin third baseman Mick Schroeder, who was attempting to field the ball. Tenorio was called safe and eventually scored on Kevin Bailey’s sacrifice fly to left for a 3-0 lead.

Los Alamitos head coach Aaron Moore argued that Tenorio should have been out for obstructing the play.

“Boy, we were really set behind the eight-ball on some questionable calls,” Moore said. “I’m really proud of the kids to battle back from big adversity.”

Hart added to the adversity in the third when shortstop Luke Persico showed bunt, pulled back and hit an RBI single up the middle for a 4-0 lead.

Then in the fifth, Saldivar added an RBI single that put the Indians ahead 5-0.

The Griffins’ first run of the game came on an RBI sacrifice fly to deep left-center field by pinch hitter Christian Colburn.

Sam Lorenzini finished 3-for-3 for Los Alamitos. Reynolds took the loss, allowing four earned runs on six hits, one walk and one strikeout over two innings. Troy Rallings took over in the third and pitched the rest of the way. Rallings struck out five and gave up one run on three hits.

Tenorio was 2-for-2 with a walk, a double and three runs scored, while Persico and Saldivar both wound up 2-for-3.

“(We’ve got to) play one game at a time,” Bacon said. “We knew we had to win this one. We all were pumped up to keep going in the playoffs.”

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