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Two Guys taken out of Tri-Cities

Baseball: Previously undefeated Two Guys from Italy lose second straight to end Tri-Cities run.

June 22, 2012|By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the News-Press

In two days, it went from having an undefeated season to having its year come to an end.

A day after falling to the second-chance bracket of the Little League District 16 Tri-Cities Major Baseball Tournament, Two Guys from Italy found itself needing a victory to keep its once perfect season alive.

The Burbank League's Angels proved to be too much for the squad from the Foothill League, defeating Two Guys 7-3, on Friday at Montrose Park.

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"It was a tough loss," said Two Guys Coach Hutch Arzoumanian, whose team — which lost to Warren Printing, 11-1, on Thursday — ended its season at 26-2. "The Angels played great. You tip your hat and move on."

The Angels (20-8) will play another second-chance bracket game at 4:30 p.m. today at Babe Herman Field.

For half of the game, it seemed like Two Guys would be the team that would be playing in a second-chance bracket game today.

Starting pitcher Trent Lousararian held the Angels to two hits through three innings. He sat down the first two batters of the top of the fourth inning, retiring seven straight until the Angels' Dante Valle and Alden Choi reached base on consecutive walks with two outs in the fourth.

Max Meltzer tied the score with a double to left that plated Valle.

The next pitch changed the game.

Erik Gonzalez sent the first pitch from Lousararian over the center-field fence for a three-run home run and a 4-1 lead.

"Trent pitched a great game," Arzoumanian said. "[Gonzalez] guessed right on the pitch."

Two Guys cut the Angels' lead to 4-3 in the top of the fifth when Chris Arzoumanian scored his second run on Cole Goud's single to left. Goud later scored on a wild pitch, but he was stranded at second after the Angels inserted Damien Flores, their dominating ace pitcher, with two outs in the fifth.

The Angels tacked on three more runs — by Flores, Marc Bin, and Griffin Rez — in the top of the fifth to take a comfortable lead, leaving Two Guys left to look forward to all-star season.

Said Hutch Arzoumanian: "This was still a great season. Nobody can take it away from them."

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