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Flintridge Prep baseball gets rare win against rival Pasadena Poly

Baseball: Rebels post impressive 5-1 win over Panthers to open league with victory.

March 19, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Flintridge Prep pitcher Brenden McKiernan tossed a four-hitter in leading the Rebels to a rare 5-1 victory over Prep League rival Pasadena Poly on Tuesday. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Flintridge Prep pitcher Brenden McKiernan tossed a four-hitter…

GLENDALE — Wins have been scarce for the Flintridge Prep baseball team against nemesis and Prep League rival Pasadena Poly.

Between 2005-2012, the Rebels posted a 3-21 mark against the Panthers, who have won 17 league championships in a row.

PHOTOS: Flintridge Prep baseball vs. Pasadena Poly

With a new coach on board, Flintridge Prep is looking to reverse that trend. It got off to a good start Tuesday afternoon.

Starting pitcher Brenden McKiernan tossed a four-hitter and center fielder Daniel Enzminger had two hits and made a game-changing catch to lead host Flintridge Prep to a 5-1 victory against Pasadena Poly at the Glendale Sports Complex.

“We’ve wiped the slate clean and want to start something strong for our team,” said McKiernan, who improved to 3-0. “We have a new coaching staff and they have talked about them wanting us to play with confidence.

“We have been doing that. To start off league with a win, especially against Pasadena Poly, makes it huge.”

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Flintridge Prep, under first-year coach Guillermo Gonzalez, improved to 7-2. Pasadena Poly, ranked No. 5 in the latest CIF Southern Section Division VI poll, dropped to 3-4, 2-1 in league.

Flintridge Prep, which went 1-2 against Pasadena Poly last season, showed marked improvement defensively Tuesday. The Rebels made two errors and held the Panthers at bay.

“We are improving everywhere,” said Gonzalez, whose team finished with six hits and stole five bases en route to winning its sixth game in a row. “We are going to send a message to the rest of the league that we are here to compete.

“Before the game, I was telling our guys that a game like this will show the coaches and the players what we can be like.”

Pasadena Poly took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. David Orndorff sliced a double to right to score Caleb Lee with two outs.

Unfazed, Flintridge Prep knotted it at 1 in its half of the first. Orndorff (2-1) walked Clayton Weirick on a full count with the bases loaded and two outs.

The Rebels took a 2-1 lead in the third when Enzminger hit a run-scoring single to score Cole Pilar, who reached base four times.

Flintridge Prep capitalized on a pair of Pasadena Poly errors in the fourth to extend the lead to 3-1. Pilar hit a grounder to the first baseman, who booted the ball toward second. Flintridge Prep’s Cole Rademacher scored from second on a throwing error by the second baseman.

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