Bell- Jeff Bests Rival!

March 14, 2010 by  

LOS ANGELES – Guards have to work to defeat Providence, 3-1, in nonleague game.  Playing against a winless Providence High baseball team that suffered two mercy-rule defeats in two games, some might have thought that Bellarmine-Jefferson would have an easy time with the Pioneers.

However, the Guards were still reeling from the loss of leadoff hitter Phillip Diaz, who broke his ankle in practice Thursday.

Although it had to move some players around, Bell-Jeff was able to focus enough to earn a 3-1 nonleague win Friday at Pote Field in Griffith Park.

“Anything can happen in a rivalry,” said Bell-Jeff Coach Hector Perez, whose team is 3-0. “We didn’t want to take anything for granted against Providence. We are still a little off with the loss of Phillip, but I thought the kids adjusted well.”

Providence (0-3) came into the game having been outscored, 22-2, in its two games. First-year Coach Chuck Berrington said his squad played much better Friday.

“We are making strides,” he said. “I thought we made good contact today and we put a lot of men on base, so that’s a positive.”

The Pioneers stranded 11 runners in the game.

The Guards took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a triple by Patrick Haney that scored Mitch Kellogg, who was hit by a pitch.

They tacked on two more runs in the third on a run-scoring triple by Michael Martinez and an RBI-ground out by Henry Terrones.

The Pioneers scored their run in the fifth inning.

Haney (2-0) got the win on the mound, as he went six innings, striking out 11.

Johnny Karalis went two for three for the Guards.

Bell-Jeff did a good job at erasing Providence runners. Four Pioneers were tagged out in rundowns.

“That is something that we work on so much in practice,” Perez said. “We have to be able to pickoff runners when we have the chance.”

Providence was paced by No. 3 hitter Devin Pugliese, who was three for three with a double and a walk. Teammate Arman Krapoyan was two for three and Jose Duran and Jake Fuller had singles.

“I know we’re 0-3, and we can’t be satisfied with that,” Berrington said. “But we’re heading in the right direction.”

Jeff Tully

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