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SCCS baseball dominates Delphi in opening game

Posted: May 16, 2013 10:32 p.m.
Updated: May 16, 2013 10:32 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian's Tommy Curry beats the tag of Delphi Academy's Nick Tuttle at third in the first inning on Thursday at The Master's College.

Scoring early and often, the Cardinals of Santa Clarita Christian cruised to a 23-6 victory over the Delphi Academy Dragons (9-11) in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Div. VII playoffs Thursday at Pete Reese Field on The Master’s College.

The Heritage League champions combined to score all of their runs in three innings as they now move into the second round of the postseason.

“In league play, we started some games slow and forced ourselves to come back in the later innings,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss. “It’s always nice to start out hitting the ball well. It gives us more confidence in later at-bats, and builds momentum.”

Trailing 1-0 after half an inning, SCCS (12-7) batted through the lineup and sent 14 hitters to the plate as it tallied four hits and 10 runs in the bottom half of the first.

Cardinals sophomore Clint Ross contributed a one-out, two-run inside-the-park home run, followed by a two-out, two-run triple in the inning.

He finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs, two runs, and a walk.

“I just wanted to hit the ball really hard,” Ross said. “I was trying to have fun, win the game, and help my team out.”

The Cardinals continued the offensive onslaught by scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth, and nine in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 23-3.

In the fourth, each of the first four SCCS hitters reached base by way of a hit and came around to score, while a two-run double by Colton Huckabone highlighted the scoring in the fifth.

Huckabone finished the game going 4-for-5 with a triple, two doubles, three RBIs, and four runs scored.

“The (Delphi Academy) starting pitcher likes to use his offspeed junk and works the outside (of the plate),” Moss said. “We wanted to wait back and drive the ball to the opposite field. It’s very hard to be patient and let the ball get into the zone, but I was really proud with the way we were able to wait (on the pitch).”

With the win, SCCS will play the winner of Animo Leadership and Riverside Christian on Tuesday.

The Cardinals defeated Animo Leadership 6-2 in the opening round of the CIF-SS playoffs en route to a quarterfinal appearance last season.

“We just have to think that we’re not going to beat every team this way,” Ross said. “We need to come out on Tuesday and play as best as we can so we can advance.”



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