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Hart baseball survives better than Canyon

Indians less sloppy in error-filled game

Posted: March 15, 2013 10:19 p.m.
Updated: March 15, 2013 10:19 p.m.

Hart baserunner Joseph Bilbo slides into third base before the throw arrives on Friday at Hart High. The Indians beat Canyon 5-4.

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It was said on Wednesday that the story in Canyon’s Foothill League opening win against West Ranch was the Cowboys’ offense.

On Friday, it was certainly Canyon’s defense — and not in a good way.

The Hart Indians defeated the Cowboys 5-4 on Friday at Hart High School, taking advantage of five fourth-inning Canyon errors.

It opened the floodgates to a three-run inning that gave Hart a 5-2 lead at the time.

“We got it done. It wasn’t pretty,” said Hart head coach Jim Ozella. “But give (us) credit, we got it done somehow. We beat their guy.”

Their guy being staff ace Max Weinstein, who actually only surrendered one hit to the Indians — a fourth-inning leadoff single by Austin Russ.

What followed were five errors, allowing the next five batters to reach base.

Jack Ralston’s bunt was misplayed allowing for Hart (5-4 overall, 1-1 Foothill League) to plate its fifth run of the game.

“To lose 5-4 and allow one hit, we’ve got to be better than that,” said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer.
Canyon (6-3, 1-1) actually took advantage of shoddy Hart defense as well, scoring first with an RBI single by

Vincent Fitzgerald that followed a Hart error.

The Cowboys made it 2-0 after another Hart error in the second was followed by an RBI single by Micah Moyle.

Hart then came back in the third inning with two runs after two Cowboys errors, the only RBI coming on a Pearson Good sacrifice fly.

Indians starter Tyler Geissler couldn’t overcome the Indians’ fourth error of the game, which came on a pop fly by Weinstein to shallow right field with one out in the top of the fifth inning.

Nor could he overcome a fifth later that inning on a Justin Stark ground ball deep in the hole at shortstop.

That throwing error plated two Canyon runs and cut Hart’s lead to 5-4.

The Indians turned to junior right-hander Justin Haslock on the mound.

He picked Stark off at first base as soon as he came in to end the fifth.

Then he was more clutch in the sixth and seventh innings.

After hitting a batter with one out in the sixth, he moved away from his curveball and went almost exclusively with his fastball.

He was able to locate it well in the last two innings and stranded a base runner on second base in the seventh to earn the save.

“I guess we like to make it interesting,” Haslock said of the win.

The Indians have played six one-run games this year, including both Foothill League games.
Canyon beat West Ranch 12-4 on Wednesday.

It’s shaping up to be as it appeared before league season began — anyone’s guess in 2013.

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