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CIF baseball: A few too many flubs

Miscues cost SCCS; bring end to a strong playoff run

Posted: May 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian School Jake Kaiserski (55) tags out Dunn High’s Ryan Layton on Friday at Reese Field.

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With Santa Clarita Christian School pitcher Ryan Fullarton and Dunn High pitcher Ryan Layton each at the top of their games on Friday afternoon, neither offense was going to complain about getting some extra help.

Both squads capitalized on poor decisions by opposing fielders to score in the game, but Cardinals’ mistakes proved costlier en route to a 4-1 loss in the CIF-Southern Section Division VII quarterfinals at The Master’s College.

Fullarton continued his impressive season by allowing just three hits through five innings, but an error in the sixth helped put runners on second and third with no outs.

Dunn’s Shannon Carroll would eventually score on a passed ball before a sacrifice-fly RBI by Jake Eisaguirre and a two-run double by Layton gave the Earwigs (14-4) a 4-1 lead.

To that point, the Cardinals (16-7) had been holding down a Dunn team that had scored a combined 53 runs in two playoff victories, thanks in large part to Fullarton.

The senior pitcher would go six innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs with three strikeouts and two walks.

“He pitched like he has all year,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss. “We didn’t make plays when we needed to.”

Fullarton kept his team in the game early, pitching out of a two-on, one out situation in the second by striking out Layton and Dominic Lawrence to end the inning.

But he was overshadowed by Layton, who threw a complete-game one hitter with five strikeouts and three walks.

“Ryan’s been our guy all year, he’s carried us,” said Dunn head coach Aaron Dorlarque. “Not only with his pitching but with his hitting.”

Layton went 1-for-3 with the two-RBI double at the plate.

The one hit came on a bloop single to right by senior Chad Latch that scored Christian Broadbent from third.

Broadbent was in danger of being thrown out at home on a good throw, but Dunn’s right fielder hesitated after picking up the ball and Broadbent easily put the Cardinals’ only run on the board.

SCCS would threaten in the sixth after Clint Ross and Ryan O’Neil worked consecutive two-out walks, but Layton settled in, striking out Broadbent to end the inning and the last real Cardinals’ threat.

Despite the quarterfinals exit, the Cardinals were quick to celebrate the success of the season.

“If you had told me before the season we we’re going to the quarterfinals I probably wouldn’t have believed you,”

Fullarton said. “This was by far (the best season I’ve had). Not even just playing-wise but this group of guys is so close.

I’ll never forget this year. I want to come back next year.”

And while the senior won’t be back, the Cardinals will return 11 of their 16 players next season, as SCCS will try for its second straight run to the postseason.

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