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Flintridge Prep baseball eyes more history

Baseball: Emboldened Rebels look to add to brilliant campaign with upset victory over top seed Tuesday.

May 25, 2013|By Andrew Shortall
  • Fliintridge Prep's Cole Rademacher slides into second base but is called out against Crean Lutheran in a CIF Southern Section Division IV quarterfinal baseball game at the Glendale Sports Complex in Glendale on Friday, May 24, 2013. Flintridge Prep (18-8) will look to take a giant leap toward the ultimate prize of a CIF championship when it hosts top-seeded Desert Christian Academy (27-2) Tuesday.
Fliintridge Prep's Cole Rademacher slides into… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

With a new coach in line to lead a young squad, a playoff berth was the modest goal the Flintridge Prep baseball team had coming into the 2013 season.

As it became clear the Rebels would easily meet that mark, their intentions became bold.

"I just wanted to take it one step at a time and I thought making playoffs would have been a big improvement," said first-year Prep Coach Guillermo Gonzalez, whose team advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division VI semifinals with a 4-3 walk-off win over Crean Lutheran Friday, of his preseason aspirations. "It shows the fire they have to take it a step further.

"Once we won league, we saw our strength of schedule and we realized in this division anything can happen, our hopes got really high."

Flintridge Prep (18-8) will look to take a giant leap toward the ultimate prize of a CIF championship when it hosts top-seeded Desert Christian Academy (27-2) Tuesday. Thanks to a CIF coin flip, the Rebels will host the Conquerors, who defeated Webb, 10-1, Friday, at the Glendale Sports Complex at 3:15 p.m.

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The winner will go on to face fourth-seeded Capistrano Valley Christian or Downey Calvary Chapel, which took third in the Delphic League, for the Division VI title at 4 p.m. Saturday at UC Riverside.

"The way we look at it, it's just another game, we've played teams in higher divisions," Gonzalez said. "Pitching and hitting-wise they may be a little more talented than us, but I know our guys can compete against them."

After what the Rebels did on their home field Friday, they'll be riding a wave of momentum Tuesday. Flintridge Prep overcame a 3-0 hole in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Crean Lutheran, which committed a pair of miscues in the final frame.

"Everything is clicking for us right now, especially after getting these last two wins by coming back," Prep catcher Daniel Arya said. "I think it's going to be a great game [against Desert Christian Academy]. We don't want to be anywhere else and it's better to keep playing than sitting on a couch."

Still, no matter what happens Tuesday, Flintridge Prep has already enjoyed historic success this season by winning its first playoff game in 14 years and first league title in 16 seasons. It doesn't mean the young squad, which only has three seniors, is content.

"We have a chance to get to the championship game. We've won [the Prep League] and the guys keep believing in themselves that they can continue to do a lot of good things."

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