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Rebels stopped by Trojans

Baseball: Flintridge Prep falls to Fife, 6-3, in nonleague game at Occidental College.

April 05, 2012|By Charles Rich
  • Flintridge Prep's Karlsen Termini takes a swing on Thursday.
Flintridge Prep's Karlsen Termini takes a swing… (Tim Berger, Los…)

LOS ANGELES — Seventh innings continue to haunt the Flintridge Prep baseball team.

Normally, it's occurred while competing against teams from California. On Wednesday afternoon, the Rebels suffered the same fate against a squad from Washington state.

"We've given up more runs in the seventh inning, and we've now lost five times in the seventh [this season]," said Flintridge Prep Coach Buzz Cook, whose team yielded three runs in the seventh in a 6-3 nonleague home loss against Fife on Wednesday at Occidental College. "It came down to the little things and Fife got the timely hits.

"You walk a couple of batters and it will haunt you. And not making the plays when needed."

Flintridge Prep dropped to 3-8. Fife, which arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday, improved to 6-1 and will meet San Marino in a doubleheader Saturday before returning home Sunday.

Fife jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth before Flintridge Prep scored three times in their half of the inning.

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The Trojans had the answers in the seventh against Flintridge Prep reliever Karlsen Termini (1-2). Termini walked Brock Carpenter to lead off the seventh before striking out Josh Adams. Josh Connolly then sliced a double to left to put runners on second and third before Klayton Leingang doubled down the right-field line to make it 5-3. Tyler Stevens then had a run-scoring single with two outs to complete the scoring.

"We have a pretty tough lineup and they can all hit well," said Fife Coach Shane Nixon, who added the Trojans raised about $10,000 via garage sales, silent auctions and raffles to make the trip to Southern California. "We've been in a lot of these kind of games this season and we had some good approaches with our at-bats.

"I'm very happy with the way we played."

The Rebels threatened in the seventh, getting the first two batters aboard. However, reliever Josh Broom (2-0) got the next three batters out to secure the victory.

Carpenter hit a solo home run in the third to make it 1-0. The Trojans made it 2-0 on the third wild pitch of the inning by starter Clayton Weirick and Carpenter delivered a run-scoring single to make it 3-0.

Flintridge Prep closed to within 3-1 on a run-scoring single by Termini. Flintridge Prep tied it at 3 on a two-run double by Scott Tsangeos.

charles.rich@latimes.com

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