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Hart baseball hangs on over Cowboys

Pitcher Paul Richan earns win for Hart

Posted: April 16, 2014 10:05 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2014 10:05 p.m.
Hart High pitcher Paul Richan throws against Canyon on Wednesday at Hart High School. Hart High pitcher Paul Richan throws against Canyon on Wednesday at Hart High School.
Hart High pitcher Paul Richan throws against Canyon on Wednesday at Hart High School.

After every Hart baseball game, the pitcher, catcher and pitching coach get together for a “pitchers’ union” to discuss how the game went.

Wednesday’s meeting between starter Paul Richan, catcher Robert Reeves and pitching coach Kyle Boggio after Hart beat visiting Canyon 3-1 wasn’t very long because Richan dominated after recovering from a bit of a rocky start.

“Paul did a great job of pitching today,” said Indians head coach Jim Ozella. “He controlled the game and has put together a series of good outings for us.”

Richan pitched a complete game allowing one run on four hits, striking out nine and walking only two. He’s currently 4-0 with a 2.06 ERA and leads the team with 34 strikeouts on the season.

Richan’s shaky start began after he walked Cole Mears and gave up a single to Christopher Jenkins. With Mears on third, Richan threw a wild pitch and gave up Canyon’s only run of the game, giving the Cowboys an early 1-0 lead.

Hart evened the game in the bottom of the inning when Dayton Provost came home on a Colby Kaneshiro single.

Richan controlled the game from there, allowing only two Cowboys to make it to second base in the next six innings.

“You just need to throw strikes and let the defense play basically because we have an outstanding defense,” Richan said. “We have a really fast outfield and our infield is really good. I want to let them play. They’ll back me up.”

The Indians (14-2-1 overall, 5-1 Foothill League) took their first lead of the contest in the third inning when, with runners on first and second, Kaneshiro singled to plate Jack Ralston.

Kaneshiro finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Hart extended its lead to 3-1 in the sixth when Wes Fitzpatrick doubled in Chad Haslock.

“Offensively I thought we swung the bat pretty well,” Ozella said. “There weren’t a whole lot of runs up there, but we hit the ball on the screws at people. Canyon plays us well. We don’t look at records, we’re worried about pitch-to-pitch, day-to-day. We’re done for today and hopefully we’ll take care of business on Friday.”

Despite taking the loss, Canyon starter Jon Dicey was strong in his complete-game effort. He allowed seven hits over six innings and struck out two.

“Dicey pitched really well,” said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer. “That was a really good pitchers matchup today. It was a close game. I like games that come down to the wire at the very end. Obviously we need to get a few more hits. A few more key hits here and there changes the whole dynamic.”

Canyon (6-10-1, 1-5) won’t have to wait long to try to avenge the loss. The Cowboys host Hart on Friday at 3:15 p.m.


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