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SCCS baseball backs up its ranking and streaks past crosstown rival Trinity

Posted: March 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian School’s Clint Ross hits an RBI single in the fourth inning against Trinity Classical Academy on Thursday afternoon at The Master’s College. SCCS won the game 18-1.

What started out as a pitcher’s duel on Thursday afternoon, quickly became a blowout, as the CIF-Southern Section Division VII No. 1-ranked Santa Clarita Christian School baseball team scored eight runs in the third inning and defeated Trinity Classical Academy 18-1 at The Master’s College.

With Trinity throwing its ace, Dakota Prochnow, the Cardinals countered with sophomore Jake Kaiserski on the mound.
And the sophomore was up to the challenge, outdueling Prochnow and picking up the win.

Kaiserski went four innings, giving up one hit and one walk.

The stellar outing continued a theme for the Cardinals (5-0), who have now outscored opponents 60-5 in five games this season.

“(Pitching’s) been our strength,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss. “In the five games we’ve only walked three. We’ve had really consistent location from out pitcher.”

He carried a perfect game into the fourth inning and had six strike outs in the win.

Prochnow went 3 1/3 innings and gave up six earned runs before being relieved by Chris Buchanan.

Through three innings though, Prochnow was matching Kaiserski pitch for pitch, but in the fourth, the wheels came off.

The first five batters of the fourth reached and came around to score for the Cardinals, as they batted around in the inning.
“We take a while to get going,” Moss said. “(Trinity) has a good pitcher (in Prochnow). He’s a really good athlete, hitter and pitcher.”

Davis Muxlow led SCCS at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk.

The Cardinals also took advantage of the Knights (2-3) on the base paths, stealing 14 times.

Christian Broadbent, Clint Ross and Kaiserski all had two RBIs as well.

Despite the setback, though, the Knights know they’re a team still building toward more success.

“That’s what’s good about our team,” said assistant head coach Dave Prochnow. “We keep building a little every day.”

The Knights will return to the field Monday at Lancaster Baptist.

The Cardinals will also host Lancaster Baptist today at The Master’s College in their last tune-up before opening Heritage League play against No. 8 Hillcrest Christian on Tuesday.

“Hillcrest has two pitchers that rival our ace. I would have Hillcrest and us about even (in rank),” Moss said.

For now, SCCS will remain at the top of the rankings, and based on Thursday’s performance, that seems right where it belongs.


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