Nitros Caught Off Guard!

March 19, 2009 by  

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Baseball: Glendale High commits 10 errors in 14-2 nonleague home loss to Bell-Jeff. 

The nonleague baseball game between Glendale High and visiting Bellarmine-Jefferson on Wednesday afternoon was called after the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Perhaps a 10-error mercy rule should have been in effect.

Glendale fielders sprung plenty of leaks, as they committed 10 errors in a 14-2 loss.

Six of those errors came in the fifth, leading to Bell-Jeff (1-3) scoring six runs on a warm afternoon that might not be forgotten soon by Glendale (3-3).

“There was a complete shutdown in every aspect,” Glendale third-year Coach Jon Keefer said. “We couldn’t field, throw strikes or use our brains on the base paths.

“There’s nothing positive you can take from this game, and I hope it’s just one of the days.”

Plenty of positive things happened to the Guards, who have a relatively young team that’s trying to find its way. Bell-Jeff made only one error, got some timely hits and ran the bases aggressively to finally crack the win column.

“I think we were very fortunate,” said Bell-Jeff Coach Hector Perez, whose team led throughout. “I’m proud of our intensity and effort.

“We do have a young team, and we haven’t been able to find a way to close out games. Intensity plus efforts equals success.”

That effort got things going immediately for the Guards, who scored a pair of first-inning runs on a run-scoring single by Ryan Martinez and a wild pitch tossed by Glendale starting pitcher Alex Berry (0-1). Bell-Jeff then pushed across two runs on one play when Patrick Haney tripled to deep right and was awarded home plate on a throwing error by the second baseman.

Glendale, which opened Pacific League competition with a 12-1 road loss to Pasadena, made three errors in the fourth that led to four more Bell-Jeff players spiking the plate to make it 8-0.

The Nitros scored their two runs in the fourth on a fielder’s choice by Zach Fields and a bases-loaded walk to Kris Coffman by reliever Henry Terrones (1-0). Then the Guards took advantage of Glendale fielding struggles in the fifth to put the finishing touches on the victory.

“We have lost our games because of a lack of effort and intensity,” said Perez, who received two hits apiece from Martinez and Haney. “We also know that we have the ability to be able to fix things.

“I think Glendale will make some noise in the Pacific League. I appreciate [Keefer] letting us play them because it can help us.”

Glendale, which had two runners picked off and hit into a pair of double plays, won’t have much time in its attempt to solve its problems. The Nitros, who could muster just three hits against Bell-Jeff, will compete against host Burbank in a league game at 5 p.m. Friday.

“It’s been a bad week for us,” said Keefer, who got one hit each from Juan Tiznado, Bennett Koss and Ian Conover. “It’s not a lack of effort, but a lack of execution.”

By Charles Rich – Glendale

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