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Prep baseball: SCCS’ goal in sight

Cardinals get a boost with just six games left in regular season

Posted: April 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian baseball mercy-ruled Faith Baptist — the same team it went into the day tied with for third place in the Heritage League standings — on Thursday. The Cardinals defeated the Contenders 10-0 in a five-inning game at The Master’s College.

“We’re playing well right now — pretty confident,” said Cardinal Ryan Fullarton, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the game, including a second-inning two-run triple. “We want it bad. We want to win out. If we play like we did today, it’s something we can do.”

The Cardinals (11-2 overall, 2-2 Heritage League) have six games left in the regular season, including four Heritage League games.

SCCS is ranked No. 3 in the most recent CIF-Southern Section Division VII poll, looking up at Heritage League first-place team and No. 1 Hillcrest Christian Granada Hills.

Cardinals head coach Garrick Moss said he doesn’t think the Cardinals can catch Hillcrest in league, so there’s another goal with three weeks left in the regular season.

“Our goal is to win out in league and finish in second and maintain that No. 3 ranking,” Moss said.

The Cardinals have won five straight games since a 10-0 loss to Hillcrest Christian on March 22.

The way Moss sees it, if his team wins out, it might not have to face Hillcrest Christian until deep in the postseason.

SCCS has put up 56 runs during the five-game winning streak.

It went after Faith ace Michael Downs early and knocked him out of the game after the third inning with a 6-0 lead on the Contenders (3-7, 1-3).

Moss pointed to Fullarton’s triple as the backbreaker in a four-run second inning.

The Cards scored single runs in the first, third and fifth innings, with three more in the fourth.

SCCS junior pitcher Davis Muxlow went four innings, allowing three hits, while striking out three for the win.

Tommy Curry went 1-for-4 with the RBI that gave SCCS its 10th run.

Christian Broadbent was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and three runs.

SCCS gets league rival Pacifica Christian (1-3 in the Heritage League) on Tuesday and Thursday next week.



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