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Flintridge Prep baseball takes season series from Pasadena Poly

Baseball: Two-run double by Enzminger proves to be difference in Rebels' 4-3 win over Panthers.

May 03, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge
  • Flintridge Prep pitcher #16 Brenden McKiernan throws vs. Pasadena Poly High at the Glendale Sports Complex in Glendale in Prep League action on Friday, May 3, 2013.
Flintridge Prep pitcher #16 Brenden McKiernan throws… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

GLENDALE — Flintridge Prep's baseball team needed a win against Pasadena Poly in the schools' final Prep League matchup of the year to take the season series for the first time in a long time and keep alive a slim chance of capturing a share of the league crown in a tight three-team race.

Following two intentional walks to bring him up with the bases full in the bottom of the sixth inning, Rebels junior Daniel Enzminger blasted a two-run double that proved to be the difference in a 4-3 Rebels victory Friday afternoon at the Glendale Sports Complex.

"I mean I had to," Enzminger said of his game-changing hit. "I mean, after they took the bat out of Karlsen [Termini's] hands I knew I had to step up for my seniors. They played great today and went out with a bang. We went out with a bang."

The win for Flintridge Prep (14-8, 8-3) means it takes the season series from Poly, 2-1.

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"Beating [Poly] is a big accomplishment for us because we're rivals," Flintridge Prep first-year Coach Guillermo Gonzalez said. "Like I told these seniors, we haven't won a series versus them since 1988 and I wanted them to go out with a bang. They got it."

Poly starter Caleb Lee, who went the distance allowing a scant three hits, ran into trouble in the pivotal sixth inning when he hit Rebel Cole Rademacker with one out and the game tied at 2. Rademacker found himself on third base four pitches later by way of a stolen base and then a passed ball.

"The problem with having Lee pitch is not having him catch and he's the best catcher in the league by far," Panthers Coach Wayne Ellis said. "They don't run willy-nilly on him, but that is all part of it. You give up something to get something."

Ellis then elected to intentionally walk Cole Pilar, who already had a 3-1 count, and then also immediately intentionally walked Termini to load the bases.

"Those were their two best hitters," Ellis said of the intentional passes. "They're going to make contact and they're probably going to get the run in. I thought we had a better chance the other way."

The move proved costly for the Panthers (12-7, 6-3), as Enzminger, facing a full count, hammered a Lee offering over the left fielder's head to bring in two runs and give Flintridge Prep a two-run cushion that proved to be key.

"I went down with two strikes on me and [Lee] threw me an outside pitch," Enzminger said. "I just went with it and it dropped and we got the win."

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