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Prep baseball: Cardinals get a boost

SCCS back on track after two losses last week

Posted: March 31, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 31, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian’s shortstop Ryan Fullarton, right, turns a double play against St. Monica Academy on Friday at Reese Field.

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In a non-league affair on Friday, Santa Clarita Christian School baseball had a point to prove.

Coming off its first two losses of the season a week ago, SCCS was out to prove it was still one of the best teams in its division.

The Cardinals did just enough, winning 5-3 over St. Monica Academy of Pasadena at The Master’s College.

“This one was kind of another morale booster,” said SCCS catcher Brandt Anderson, who hit a key two-RBI double in the game.

At one point, the Cardinals (8-2) were ranked No. 1 in the CIF-Southern Section Division VII poll, but fell back to 10th after dropping two Heritage League games to Hillcrest Christian.

SCCS head coach Garrick Moss considers his team squarely back on track.

“They’re always a competitive game for us,” he said of St. Monica. “They’re a playoff type team in our division.”

And despite strong pitching all the way through for SCCS, the Crusaders (2-4) took advantage of a few misplayed balls to stay in the game.

All three of St. Monica’s runs were unearned with two coming off Cardinals starter Davis Muxlow in the third inning.

Muxlow gave up four hits in five innings pitched, striking out three along the way.

He gets credit for the win after leaving the game with a 3-2 lead thanks to SCCS’s three-run second inning.

Freshman Clint Ross scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch by St. Monica starter Gilbert Inman.

Three batters later, Anderson smacked a double down the left field line to score Thomas Zeilinger and Chad Latch.

Two errors helped the Crusaders answer back with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning, but St. Monica hitters struggled to catch up to Muxlow most of the day.

“It’s making the contact be productive,” said St. Monica head coach Joe Thompson. “We’re reading the ball really well. We just need to make better contact and put the ball in play.”

The Cardinals added some insurance in the fifth inning when Ryan Fullarton led off the frame with a hard-hit triple to the left field wall.

Ross’ sacrifice fly brought Fullarton home and a Ryan O’Neil RBI single plated the second run of the inning, giving SCCS a 5-2 lead.

“We have a good lineup of guys that are swinging ...” said Anderson, who finished 2-for-3 with a walk. “We’re getting RBIs from everywhere. It makes it easy to score runs and get pumped up.”

Fullarton took over on the mound in the sixth inning, allowing an unearned run and a hit in two innings of relief to close out the game.

SCCS will take two weeks off for spring break before returning to the diamond on April 17 against Faith Baptist, the first of six straight league games.

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