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Prep baseball: Grizzlies advance to final

Prep baseball: G.V. plays today at UCLA at 10 a.m.

Posted: July 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley may have had its struggles during the regular season in 2012, but so far this summer, things couldn’t be going any better.

The Grizzlies earned a spot in the American Legion Area 6 championship game with a 4-1 victory over St. Bernards on Saturday at UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Field.

Bryce Shea pitched a complete game to earn the win, striking out eight batters and allowing just one earned run on six hits.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better summer from these guys,” head coach Scott Drootin said. “They felt how it was to win games and playing together as a team and this has been the best team atmosphere since I’ve been at Golden Valley.”

Both teams were mostly even through the first three innings of play, but Golden Valley reeled off a run in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh to earn the win.

Josh Lamparelli finished 3-for-3 with an RBI in the sixth, while Nick Tejada went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Jaiden France put the Grizzlies ahead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly that scored Ryan Mahotz to give Golden Valley a 1-0 lead.

Tejada knocked in the eventual game-winner in the fifth, scoring Cody Rightmeyer, before earning his second RBI in the seventh inning on a squeeze play.

Shea got into a little bit of trouble in the seventh, allowing St. Bernards to get on the board.

But France turned an unassisted double play from his shortstop position to end the game and secure Golden Valley’s spot in the final.

The Grizzlies will sent St. Bernards to the loser’s bracket, will it will have to compete with Santa Monica and Desert Christian for a spot against Golden Valley in today’s championship game at 10 a.m.

“I expect a tough game,” Drootin said. “We’re ready. If we play tough defense like we did today we’ve got a chance.”

No matter what happens today, though, the Grizzlies will hope to turn the summer’s success into a strong 2013 high school season.

“We’re a lot closer,” Drootin said. “It remains to be seen how those four or five guys can fit in and make this a team. Do they still have the same attitude as the kids’ did during the summer?”



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