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Einstein baseball is in and out

Young program loses its first-ever playoff game

Posted: May 14, 2013 10:19 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2013 10:19 p.m.

In its first playoff appearance in team history, Albert Einstein Academy baseball didn’t get any breaks.

The AEA Rockets lost 12-0 to the Faith Baptist Contenders on Tuesday at Faith Baptist High School in the wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VII playoffs.

When the playoff brackets were released Monday, AEA was scheduled to play a home game, but the team couldn’t secure a local field on short notice. The only option was to switch the location to Faith Baptist’s home field in Canoga Park.

And on top of that, Faith Baptist (10-8) was no easy opponent as the third-place team out of the Heritage League.

“They had an overpowering pitcher who was really strong and we made some silly mistakes,” said Rockets head coach Ken Erenberg.

The Contenders scored four runs in the first inning and five in the second to jump ahead 9-0.

In all, Faith Baptist compiled 12 hits and took advantage of four AEA errors.

The Rockets (8-9) had just three hits in the game.

“This is our first year ever making the playoffs,” Erenberg said. “But to go 2-12 last year and then .500 (in the regular season) this year, that’s pretty good improvement.”

AEA finished ninth place in the Omega League in 2012, which was the school’s first year fielding a baseball team. This season, the Rockets came in at third place in league.

Three juniors, Sam Fields, Louie Mangilit and Dillon Lutza, were named All-Omega League.

AEA will presumably return the entire team next year, Erenberg said, because the school doesn’t have any seniors.


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