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Foothill League baseball: Golden Valley finally gets one

Indians lose to last-place Golden Valley, have to hope for at-large playoff bid

Posted: May 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Needing a victory to stay in the hunt for an automatic bid to the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs, Hart baseball came up empty on Thursday as Golden Valley shocked the Indians 3-2 at Golden Valley High on Thursday on the final day of the regular season.

Earlier in the season, with Golden Valley searching for any kind of win, Golden Valley head coach Scott Drootin said his Grizzlies would surprise at least one team.

They waited until the end to do it.

“We had every one set up. We figured we’d wait until the last game of the season to play our best game,” Drootin joked.

For Hart, the loss puts the Indians in fourth place in the Foothill League.

The Indians (14-12 overall, 9-6 Foothill League) have to apply for an at-large bid for the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs. They’ll find out their fate on Monday when brackets are released.

“It was a disappointing way to end the season,” said Hart head coach Jim Ozella. “Now we’re in a bit of a holding pattern.”

Hart led 2-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Grizzlies (4-21, 1-15) loaded the bases.

Jaiden France tied the score with an RBI single.

Later in the inning, with the bases still loaded, Golden Valley head coach Scott Drootin sent Chris Galvez the message to suicide squeeze on the second pitch.

The runner on third base, Joseph Garrett got the message, Galvez didn’t.

On the second pitch, Galvez let it go by and Garrett charged from third base.

Garrett ended up scoring as Hart botched the rundown, giving the Grizzlies a 3-2 lead.

Garrett then went out to pitch in the top of the seventh, attempting to finish the job for Grizzlies starter Josh Baldacci, who went five strong innings.

Hart’s Baggio Saldivar led off the inning and got on base when Garrett hit him with a pitch.

Saldivar then stole second base.

With two out and later in the inning, Saldivar attempted to steal third base, but was thrown out by Jonah Sabedra to end the game.

It was the third runner he threw out in the game.

For Hart, Alec Barnes was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Indians starter Zachary Hanks pitched well on the mound.


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