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Hart baseball one ups Grizzlies

Indians come from behind to keep G.V. winless in league

Posted: March 27, 2013 9:33 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2013 9:33 p.m.

With their backs up against a wall from nearly the beginning, the Hart Indians never stopped battling.

The Golden Valley Grizzlies scored five runs in the first inning, forcing a dramatic, late-innings comeback by Hart in a 6-5 Indians’ victory on Wednesday at Hart High School.

 With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh and the bases loaded, Colby Kaneshiro came through with an RBI single to score Nick Valaika, who led off the inning with a walk, for the game-winner.

“We were excited, let’s not kid ourselves. We’ve had some serious frustration. We’ve had opportunities to win two other games — we could be very seriously 4-1,” said Hart head coach Jim Ozella.

Things were equally dramatic in the previous inning, as Hart (6-6 overall, 2-3 Foothill League) trailed 5-3 entering the sixth.

In that inning it was Pearson Good who led things off with a walk.

Cody Miller singled Good home later in the inning, and Joseph Bilbo scored on an RBI single from Dayton Provost to even the score.

Golden Valley (1-10, 0-5) put pressure on the Indians early, scoring five runs off Hart starter Tyler Geissler in the first inning.

Leadoff batter Billy Fredrick got things going for Golden Valley, advancing to first on a hit-by-pitch and eventually coming around to score on an RBI single by James Mendoza.

“We came out really aggressive and we went back after the first inning to trying to see how hard we can hit the ball instead of putting the ball in play,” said Golden Valley head coach Scott Drootin.

The Indians continued to hurt themselves in the inning, allowing Equan Martin and Mendoza to score on an error, and watching as Julian Brently scored on defensive indifference on a pickoff attempt to first.

But Golden Valley was shut down from there, as pitcher Aaron Hamilton threw a gem in relief.

“Highlight of the game is Aaron Hamilton came in in relief and threw six innings of one-hit relief,” Ozella said. “He gives us a chance to come back and we came back little by little.”

Hamilton finished with six innings pitched, striking out eight with two walks and just one hit allowed, allowing Hart to chip away at the lead with one run in the second and two in the fourth.

The victory keeps Hart two games back of first-place Canyon through the first third of Foothill League competition, while the Grizzlies just missed out on their first win of the league season.


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