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Hart's Rust is History

Posted: March 1, 2008 2:18 a.m.
Updated: May 2, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Hart's Garrett Bailey takes a swing in the sixth inning Friday against Agoura at home. The Indians won 7-2 in their first game of the season.

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The plan was simple for the Hart High baseball team in its season opener on Friday.

"We looked a little rusty in our scrimmage games last week," said pitcher Michael Montgomery. "We wanted to come out here and do the opposite of what we had done (last week)."

The Indians shook the rust off quickly against Agoura at home, scoring five runs in the first inning which was enough for a 7-2 win in the Easton Tournament.

"It was definitely a good all-around performance today," Montgomery said.

All five runs in the first frame came with two outs, and all of them were unearned for Chargers starting pitcher Garrett Aries. Aries (0-1) left after 2 2/3 innings of work, giving up six runs on seven hits. He struck out one and walked two.

Hart's Bryan Lucas and Trevor Matern started off the scoring with back-to-back RBI singles, which was followed by Trevor Brown's triple that brought in a pair. Brown scored on Agoura's second error of the inning for a 5-0 lead.

"It was a nice little cushion," said Hart head coach Jim Ozella. "We were a little disappointed we didn't score more when we had the opportunity."

The Indians (1-0) added runs in the third on a single to left field by Spencer Moniz and a home run by Jenzen Torres.

Torres sent a breaking ball from reliever Shane Crofts over the 368 sign in left field.

It was the only run Crofts gave up over 4 1/3 innings of work.

"If you take those five unearned runs away it was 2-2," said Chargers coach Steve Stephens.

Those two runs did not come easily for the Chargers (0-1), who had to face the lefty Montgomery (1-0).

The Cal State Fullerton-bound Montgomery allowed just one run over his five innings of work and it was unearned. The run came in the fifth frame on a single by Trevor Seck. Seck's single to left field brought in Sam Yarin, who reached on an error to lead off the inning. The Indians also had an error in the first inning.

Montgomery struck out seven batters, allowed two hits and walked one in front of numerous scouts with radar guns. He touched 92 miles per hour at times and said though his offspeed pitch wasn't working as well towars the end of the game, his fastball stayed consistent to the end.

"It's good to have a good outing by Montgomery," Ozella said. "We expect our starting pitchers to go deep in games.

There a lot of attention on him. You've got to learn to handle it."

His outing on Friday seemed to suggest he can. As for there being a constant presence of radar guns whenever Montgomery takes the mound, the senior said it started happening this summer. It likely won't stop anytime soon.

"Now I kind of block them out all together," he said. "You kind of have to."

Pitchers Chris Tarello and C.J. Millar each pitched an inning apiece after Montgomery and combined to allow just one run on two hits. They each struck out one batter.

With the win, Hart faces the winner of Friday's Camarillo-Dos Pueblos game today on the road at 11 a.m.

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