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SCCS baseball knocked out of playoffs

Errors plague Cardinals in second round game

Posted: May 21, 2013 10:17 p.m.
Updated: May 21, 2013 10:17 p.m.
 

Santa Clarita Christian baseball’s performance on Tuesday in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VII playoffs fell right into line with what it has done throughout the season.

A flair for the dramatic.

A never know what you’re going to get.

Unfortunately for the Cardinals, that could result in positive or negative.

It was the latter on Tuesday as SCCS lost 9-7 to Riverside Christian High at California Baptist University.

After a crisp pregame that head coach Garrick Moss called maybe the best of the season, the Cardinals (12-8) crumbled under six errors in the game.

“Our season was one of those up-and-down years,” Moss said. “We beat a couple of teams that we weren’t maybe as baseball talented as, but we also lost to teams I thought we were better than. In baseball, execution is everything. We made mistakes fielding and at the plate.”

The Cardinals youth showed early on as Moss said he felt his team’s nerves right off the bat.

This despite SCCS taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after a Clint Ross double and Colton Huckabone RBI single.

But the Cougars (12-8) responded with three runs in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of two Cardinal errors.

Riverside Christian pounced on two more miscues in the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead.

In the top of third, Huckabone singled in another run to cut the lead to 4-2.

However, another error led to two more Cougar runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 6-2 lead.

But in Cardinal fashion, SCCS came back to tie the score with four runs in the top of the sixth.

Tommy Curry was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for the first run, then Ross, who was 3-for-4, followed with a three-run double.

The Cougars got the first two batters of the bottom of the sixth inning on. Then, Sean Lewis drove in a run with a fielder’s choice groundout.

SCCS starter Davis Muxlow went after No. 6 hitter Ben Van Gent, who got the best of the Cardinals pitcher and doubled in two runs for a 9-6 lead.

The Cardinals had fight in them in the seventh.

After a Huckabone walk and Christian Broadbent double that cut the lead to 9-7, Riverside Christian went to left-hander Jacob Hernandez.

SCCS caught a bad break when Ryan O’Neill grounded hard to shortstop and Broadbent was tagged out. Then O’Neill was thrown out at first base for a double play.

After a hit batsman, Hernandez struck Cooper Roig out to end the game.

SCCS is losing Heritage League Player of the Year Davis Muxlow to graduation, but had six sophomores and two freshman on the team this season with sophomores Huckabone, Curry and Ross all being named first team All-Heritage Leaguers.

“We could be really good the next couple of years,” Moss said.

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