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Flintridge Prep baseball runs into a stopper

Baseball: Costly errors, slow-starting offense against top seed ends Rebels' historic campaign in semifinals.

May 28, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Flintridge Prep baseball players walk onto the field after losing a CIF Southern Section Division VI semifinal playoff game against Desert Christian Academy, 12-4, at the Glendale Sports Complex. (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff photographer)
Flintridge Prep baseball players walk onto the field…

GLENDALE — In its first trip to a semifinal game since 1960, the Flintridge Prep baseball team ran into a buzz saw that was top-ranked Desert Christian Academy.

There was still hope for another miraculous Rebels comeback after a three-run bottom of the fourth inning. That frame proved the only bright spot for the home team after four errors and slow-starting offense put it in a hole that proved too deep in a 12-4 loss to the Conquerors Tuesday.

PHOTOS: Flintridge Prep boys' baseball loses semifinals against Desert Christian Academy

Ultimately, Flintridge Prep just ran into a better team in the CIF Southern Section Division VI final-four game at the Glendale Sports Complex. The Rebels (18-9) had just three hits, while top-seeded Desert Christian (28-2) had six players with multi-hit games and 16 base knocks in total.

“They're well deserving of that seed, they're a great team,” first-year Flintridge Prep Coach Guillermo Gonzalez said. “One through nine can hit and their pitching staff is great. They deserve that seed because I think they're probably the best ball club in our division.”

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Prep’s offensive woes were compounded by four errors on the defensive side. While the Rebels couldn’t find a way to stop the bleeding, the Conquerors had a bona fide stopper when things turned south in ace pitcher Morgan Earman, who quickly ended Prep’s lone rally.

After jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the top of the fourth, Desert Christian saw the home crowd and team get a shot of life after Flintridge Prep center fielder Daniel Enzminger cut down Conquerors starting pitcher Chris Palmer at the plate after a great block and tag by catcher Dylan Arya.

Palmer, who took a no-hitter into the bottom of the fourth, walked the first batter he saw in the frame. Cole Pilar (two for three) gave the Rebels their first hit and run of the game with a single up the middle that scored the leadoff runner.

It took one swing of Karlsen Termini’s bat to put some real fear into the Conquerors, as the Flintridge Prep senior blasted a two-run homer over the left-field fence to pull his team within 7-3.

“Anything is really possible with this team, everyone is always stepping up to the plate this year, all the underclassmen and the seniors,” said Termini, who was one for one with three runs batted in. “That's just how it’s been this year, so I never thought we were out of it.”

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