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Olmedo-Barrera leads Knights

Baseball: St. Francis High gets run in seventh to post 2-1 Mission League home victory against Notre Dame.

March 23, 2012|By Charles Rich
(Tim Berger/Staff…)

PASADENA — With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, David Olmedo-Barrera stepped into the batter's box with confidence. On the third pitch of his at-bat, the St. Francis High second baseman got a fastball he could handle.

Olmedo-Barrera singled to center field with one out to score Tommy Scheper and give host St. Francis a 2-1 Mission League victory against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at Jackie Robinson Field.

"I felt like I couldn't be in a better position," said the Cal State Fullerton-bound Olmedo-Barrera, who finished with three hits. "Going into our last at-bat, there was no doubt we could get a run to win it.

"Notre Dame's got a great team and it's good to take two games from them."

Scheper walked to lead off the seventh and moved to second on a sacrifice by Daniel Porto. Jake Hirabayashi intentionally walked Anders Schraer. PJ Dezotell then sacrificed to the pitcher, who threw the ball for a force-out attempt, but Scheper just beat the throw.

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Olmedo-Barrera then singled over the center fielder's head to win it.

St. Francis (5-6, 2-2 in league) toppled Notre Dame (6-5, 1-3) for the second time in four days. St. Francis posted a 6-2 road win Tuesday, giving it a bit of momentum heading into Friday's rematch, which featured a nice pitcher's duel between St. Francis' Will Larkin (3-1) and Hirabayashi (1-2).

Larkin, a senior left-hander, got out of several early tough spots before retiring the side in order in the sixth.

St. Francis interim Coach Aaron Milam chose to have Larkin remain on the mound in the seventh.

With one out, Brett Sesma singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. After Larkin got Jordan Myrow on a fly to left, Payton Milone hit an 0-2 pitch over the right fielder's head to knot the game at 1.

"I left the ball over the plate a little and that happens sometimes," said Larkin, who allowed seven hits. "I wanted to go out there and get the win [in the seventh].

"I knew we would put something up [in the bottom of the seventh]. David got the clutch hit."

Olmedo-Barrera got things started for St. Francis in the first with a lead-off triple to right. With one out, Jeff Garavaglia singled to left to make it 1-0.

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