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Flintridge Prep baseball knocks off first-place Webb

Baseball: Rebels finally get victory over Gauls to stay in Prep League title hunt.

April 18, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the News-Press
  • Flintridge Prep's Brenden McKiernan goes for a ball in a game against Webb.
Flintridge Prep's Brenden McKiernan goes for a… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

GLENDALE — When Flintridge Prep hosted Webb at the Glendale Sports Complex on Thursday, it promised to be a tight baseball game between two Prep league contenders ranked in the top 10 in CIF Southern Section Division VI and the result would be key in a tight league race.

To get the result they needed, the Rebels, ranked No. 9 in the division, were tasked with overcoming a Gaul squad ranked No. 2 in the division, yet to lose in league, and riding a 13-game win streak this season in addition to a six-game win streak versus the hosts over the last two seasons.

PHOTOS: Flintridge Prep vs. Webb High School

Early on it looked like Flintridge Prep would not be able halt the Gauls’ winning streaks, but the Rebels never let up and broke through with a four-run sixth inning to take the lead and then slammed the door in the seventh for a 5-3 win that puts them square in the hunt for the Prep league crown.

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“We’re contenders in league right now,” Flintridge Prep first-year Coach Guillermo Gonzalez said. “That’s what I told the kids we wanted to be in the start of the season.”

Flintridge Prep (11-6, 5-2) trailed the Gauls, 3-1, heading into the bottom of the sixth inning and was only able to scratch out three singles off of Webb ace Aaron Digiamarino up to that point. However, things changed as the Rebels loaded the bases with no outs in front of Karlsen Termini. The senior promptly clobbered the second pitch of his at-bat to deep left-center field for a double that hit the wall on the fly and cleared the bases to give his team a 4-3 advantage.

“It was a fresh pearl, it was a new ball,” Termini said of the baseball he hit for the game-changing double. “[It was a] curveball. I saw he hung it and I just got on top of it. You know, eyes light up a little bit when you see that kind of stuff out there.”

Brenden McKiernan led off the frame with a single up the middle. Cole Rademacker followed with a sacrifice bunt, but reached when Digiamarino threw high to first. Cole Pilar followed by chopping the ball off the plate for an infield single to load the bases for Termini. Pilar’s chopper off the plate for a single was the third such hit for the Rebels in the contest.

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