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Prep baseball: Indians hurt by little things

Hart falls behind early, struggles to throw strikes

Posted: March 2, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 2, 2012 1:55 a.m.

It was a tough day for the Hart baseball team as Dos Pueblos High jumped ahead to an early lead and held off the Indians’ comeback attempts, as Hart lost 8-4 in the Easton Tournament at Hart High School on Thursday afternoon.

The Chargers (3-1) scored three first-inning runs off Hart starter Zach Hanks, but the Indians (2-2) responded in the bottom half with a two-RBI hit from Baggio Saldivar.

Saldivar led the Indians on the day, picking up three hits and three RBI.

The Indians couldn’t close the gap, though, as Hanks struggled through three innings, giving up five runs, three walks and striking out three in the loss.

Hart head coach Jim Ozella had a simple reason for Hanks’ troubles.

“Just struggling to get ahead in the count,” Ozella said. “Behind in the count all day. Breaking ball wasn’t as good as it has been. A good learning experience today. We learned we need to do some of the little things to be successful — throw strikes, get ahead in the count.”

Dos Pueblos starting pitcher Luke Loggins picked up the win, as the Chargers added two more runs in the third inning and three in the fifth.

Hart tried to rally late, as the Indians had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, but stranded the runners.

The Indians will travel to play Burbank High in their final game of the Easton Tournament on Saturday.

Aaron Hamilton (1-0) is expected to start for Hart.

“Burbank’s a team that’s been on the rise the last couple years,” Ozella said. “We’ve played them before in summer and winter ball. They play the right way. They play hard, they pitch well. So we’ll be in a battle on Saturday.”


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