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Foothill League baseball: SCCS slows at the end

Cardinals won’t learn playoff fate until next weekend

Posted: May 4, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 4, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Santa Clarita Christian baseball has two games left in the season, yet the Cardinals are in a holding pattern.
SCCS lost 3-1 to Milken of Los Angeles 3-1 on Thursday at The Master’s College.

The Cardinals, the fifth ranked team in CIF-Southern Section Division VII, have now lost four straight games — all Heritage League contests.

They finish in fourth place in the Heritage League, but have two non-league games to finish up the regular season next week.
Then next weekend, they’ll find out if they earn an at-large berth to the Division VII playoffs.

Coming into this week, SCCS (11-6 overall, 2-6 Heritage League) had the opportunity to jump ahead of Milken (7-7, 4-2) in the league standings, but lost 10-0 to the Wildcats on Tuesday.

They had plenty of opportunities to win on Thursday, but they stranded 11 runners in the game, including the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh innings.

“We couldn’t come up with the clutch hit,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss.

In the seventh, down 3-0, SCCS loaded the bases and Ryan Fullarton hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly.

The Cardinals reloaded the bases with one out on Milken relief pitcher J.J. Ross.

Ross, though, struck out SCCS freshman Clint Ross, then went 2-2 on Christian Broadbent.

J.J. Ross then delivered a called third strike on the outside corner to end the game.

“Keep it interesting,” Ross joked about what he thought about in the moment. “I felt confident in our lead and confident in our defense, (though).”

Ross relieved Jonah Resnick, who walked the tight wire for six innings, but allowed no runs.

Milken got on the board with a run in the second inning on a Resnick groundout.

Wildcats No. 9 hitter Omer Wisenbaum’s two-run single in the sixth gave Milken a 3-0 lead.

SCCS got a complete game from Fullarton, who struck out seven, allowed six hits and two earned runs, while walking four.
Ryan O’Neil and Chad Latch each had two hits for the Cardinals.

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