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Hart baseball puts up a football score

Posted: April 4, 2008 11:25 p.m.
Updated: June 6, 2008 5:02 a.m.
The Hart boys varsity baseball team defeated Golden Valley 29-0 on the Grizzlies home field Friday.

The Indians (12-4, 6-1) have outscored the Grizzlies 48-2 in their last two meetings.

Ironically, Golden Valley made it out of the first inning unscathed, allowing only a bunt single to Danny Susdorf.

But the Indians exploded thereafter.

Hart scored eight runs in the second, three in the second, six in the fourth, six in the fifth and six in the seventh.

The Indians sent 58 batters to the plate in the game, managing 25 hits.

Hart head coach Jim Ozella said the most important thing his team took out of the game was its ability to execute well at the plate - knock runners in when in scoring position and having quality at-bats.

"We have to make a habit of doing the little things well and that will make us successful in this league and into the postseason." said Hart head coach Jim Ozella.

The Indians hit three home runs in the game.

Third baseman Jenzen Torres kicked off the Indians' offense when he hit the first home run of the game off a Michael Smith pitch in the second inning.

Torres says that the team was bitter after its loss to Valencia the week prior and perhaps brought some of that energy into this week against Golden Valley (2-11, 0-6).

"You have to love (baseball) and learn from it," Torres said.

The Grizzlies made some mistakes early on that cost them a couple of runs.

Two of Hart's home runs came in the seventh inning when pinch hitter Garrett Bailey hit a homer off a Chris Smith pitch shortly followed by the Indians' final run with a homer from junior Spenser Souza.

The Grizzlies got their first hit off of relief pitcher Ben Nicewicz in the sixth inning when junior Phillip Anderson hit a line drive to right field for a double.

Hart left-handed pitcher Michael Montgomery didn't give up a hit in the five innings that he pitched and had six strikeouts.

With Foothill League action already to the halfway point, the Indians still have a tough schedule ahead of them.

After Spring Break, Hart will face a tough Valencia team April 16, which remains undefeated in league.


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