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CIF baseball: SCCS owns young rivalry

Cardinals blow out Trinity in all-valley playoff game

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

Santa Clarita Christian’s Clint Ross hits an RBI double against Trinity Classical Academy during the second inning on Tuesday at The Master’s College.

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An at-large berth to the CIF-Southern Section Division VII baseball playoffs wasn’t a certainty for Santa Clarita Christian.

After the first two innings of the Cardinals’ wild-card game on Tuesday, a victory was.

SCCS scored 16 runs in the first two frames against crosstown rival Trinity Classical Academy and went on to beat the Knights 21-1 at Reese Field at The Master’s College.

The Cardinals are 3-0 against the Knights this season, outscoring them by a combined 54-3.

“We were focused ever since we found out we made the playoffs,” said SCCS shortstop Ryan Fullarton. “We didn’t know if we’d get this opportunity. We knew we had to make the most out of it.”

Fullarton was one of three Cardinals who scored twice in the first inning, after which his team led 10-0.

SCCS (14-6) racked up five hits in the inning off Knights starter James Brooks, who was only able to retire two batters. The Cardinals also took advantage of four errors in the inning.

“If you’re going to start a game, start it with 10 runs in the first inning,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss. “That was the key, coming ready to hit.”

SCCS tacked on six more runs in the second, keyed by an RBI double by Fullarton.

Trinity (14-7) suffered a blow on Thursday when No. 1 pitcher Chris Buchanan broke his nose in practice on Thursday, according to head coach Mike Buchanan. Caleb Wilson relieved Brooks and made it out of the second inning before giving way to Buchanan in the third.

Buchanan pitched through the fifth and retired nine of the 11 batters he faced, allowing no runs.

“A lot of credit for Chris and his pitching,” Buchanan said. “He wanted the ball.”

Davis Muxlow pitched for SCCS and went five innings, allowing one run on four hits. He only ran into trouble in the fourth, when Caleb Wilson led off with a single and later came home on an RBI single by Eli Skorich for Trinity’s only run.

Normally the Cardinals’ No. 2 pitcher, Muxlow took the mound on Tuesday so that staff ace Fullarton would be fresher for a potential first-round game on Friday, according to Moss.

SCCS will now travel to face Harbor League champion Animo Leadership of Inglewood at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

“(Muxlow) did really well,” Moss said. “He shut them down in the first three innings. They started timing him in the fourth, but he got out of it.”

Muxlow also received support from his defense, which turned several tough plays early to prevent Trinity batters from reaching base.

Fullarton pitched a scoreless sixth and Clint Ross had a 1-2-3 seventh to seal the win.

At the plate, Fullarton finished 4-for-6 with six RBIs, three runs and three doubles, while Christian Broadbent and Chad Latch each scored three times.

Dakota Prochnow pitched the last two innings for Trinity, giving up five more runs in the seventh.

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