Flintridge Prep baseball team's comeback tops season of wild rides

Rebels baseball team's walk-off after a 3-0 deficit in final at-bats in CIF quarterfinals highlights year stacked with unlikely comebacks.

August 20, 2013|By Andrew Shortall,
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Flintridge Prep baseball players Brenden McKiernan, left, and Daniel Enzminger celebrate during the a 4-3 win over Crean Lutheran in the CIF Southern Section Division VI quarterfinals. That game was voted the No. 1 game of the year by the Glendale News-Press sports writers.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Flintridge Prep baseball players Brenden… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

The top 10 high school games from the 2012-13 season were selected by the sports writers of the Glendale News-Press.

1 Flintridge Prep baseball stages dramatic comeback over Crean Lutheran, 4-3, for historic playoff run, May 24 - It appeared the Flintridge Prep baseball team was going to have be content with being in the CIF Southern Section Division VI quarterfinals.

Faced with a 3-0 deficit headed into the bottom of the seventh inning at the Glendale Sports Complex, the fourth-seeded Rebels, who missed the playoffs the previous year, felt like they were going to have to settle until they were aided by two Crean Lutheran defensive miscues.

Scott Tsangeos started Flintridge Prep’s attack when he smacked a one-out single and moved to second when a potential game-ending double-play ball off the bat of Dylan Arya was botched and kept hope alive for Prep with one out and runners at first and second.


“What you saw out there was crazy,” Arya said after the game. “I even thought when I hit the ball that the game was over, but I kept hustling to first and we were given a second life.

“You don’t expect these things to happen, but it gives you confidence that you can win when something like this does happen.”

Brenden McKiernan and Cole Rademacher then provided what were the biggest blasts of the game for Flintridge Prep. McKiernan pulled Prep within a run with a two-run triple to right-center and Rademacher knotted the score at 3 with a single.

Cole Pilar and Karlsen Termini were then given free passes to load the bases. Disappointment turned to elation once again for the Rebels when Daniel Enzminger struck out for what appeared to be out No. 2 before the ball skipped past the catcher to score Rademacher and complete the miraculous comeback.

It turned what was a quality campaign, with the Rebels winning their first share of a Prep League title and advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1997, into a truly historic one. Prep not only won its first playoff game in 14 years, but advanced to the CIF semifinals for the first time since 1960 under first-year coach Guillermo Gonzalez, who was named the All-Area Baseball Coach of the Year.

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