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Prep baseball: SCCS gets the jump on Trinity

Cardinals scored 10 runs in first two innings to run away from Knights

Posted: March 13, 2012 5:02 p.m.
Updated: March 13, 2012 5:02 p.m.
 

Santa Clarita Christian went from unranked to No. 1 this week in the CIF-Southern Section Division VII poll.

The Cardinals jumped on Trinity Classical Academy in similar fashion.

SCCS scored 10 runs over the first two innings and went on to beat the Knights 14-1 on Tuesday at the Hart PONY Complex.

“We hit the ball fairly well,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss. “If you hit the ball, throw strikes and play defense, that’s the name of the game.”

The Cardinals’ first three batters, Brandt Anderson, Christian Broadbent and Ryan Fullarton, all reached base and went on to score, putting SCCS up 3-0 after the first inning.

In the second, the offense really began to click. Ryan O’Neil led off with a single, and Chad Latch followed by reaching first on an error that also allowed O’Neil to score.

Anderson plated Latch with an RBI single, and after Broadbent doubled, Fullarton drove in Anderson with an RBI groundout and Davis Muxlow drove in Broadbent with an RBI single.

Muxlow went on to score on an error, as did Clint Ross, and Jake Kaiserski scored the last run on an RBI single by O’Neil.

“When you’re aggressive and putting a bat on the ball, you’ll get some runs,” Muxlow said.

The Cardinals (4-0) led 10-0 after five innings, but the Trinity coaching staff decided to scrap the 10-run rule and play the last two innings to get experience.

The Knights (2-2) only have nine players out this season, but assistant head coach Dave Prochnow is happy with the players he has.

“We’ve got work to do,” said Prochnow, who filled in for head coach Mike Buchanan, who was out of town. “We appreciate the guys coming out. We’re getting a little bit better every week.”

The Knights scored their lone run in the sixth inning on an unusual play. With one out and the bases loaded, Caleb Wilson struck out swinging but Anderson dropped the pitch. Anderson stepped on home plate to get Chris Buchanan, who was coming home from third, but because Anderson didn’t tag Buchanan directly and there was no force-out, Anderson scored.

SCCS answered in the bottom of the sixth with four more runs. Anderson drove in Ross and Chris Marquez with an RBI double, Latch scored on an error and Anderson scored on an RBI single by Christian Broadbent.

Muxlow pitched well for SCCS, going three innings and giving up just two hits to earn the win.

“I was just trying to get strikes on them, and also keep the walks down,” Muxlow said.

Buchanan started for Trinity and took the loss, pitching the first four innings before giving way to Wilson.

The two teams play again at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Reese Field at The Master’s College.

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