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Termini solid in a pinch

Baseball: Prep hitter steps up with a grand slam to earn an 11-7 win.

May 20, 2010|By Charles Rich

GLENDALE — Should the Flintridge Prep baseball team need to call on a reliable pinch hitter, it has an ideal candidate in Karlsen Termini.

It’s a difficult job to handle, but Termini is up to the challenge.

Termini hit a pinch-hit grand slam with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel Flintridge Prep to an 11-7 come-from-behind Prep League victory against Chadwick on May 13 at the Glendale Sports Complex.

The Rebels (12-11 and 8-4 in league for second place) closed out their regular season with the victory, scoring six runs in the seventh off Chadwick reliever James Yates.

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Termini, a freshman, hit a 1-1 pitch over the left-field fence for his first home run of the season, arriving at home plate with his teammates waiting to celebrate the walk-off slam.

“It can be hard because you are coming off the bench cold,” said Termini, who later retrieved the ball and planned to keep it as a souvenir. “I just thought that I needed to get something deep into the outfield.

“I didn’t think it would go that far. Then I saw the left fielder go back toward the fence and I thought maybe it had a chance. We just wanted to get the win and some momentum going into the playoffs.”

Veteran Flintridge Prep Coach Buzz Cook called on Termini to bat for Alex Sierra. Cook recalled Termini coming through during his first pinch-hit appearance earlier in the season in a league contest against Rio Hondo Prep.

Flintridge Prep closed to within 7-6 on a run-scoring single by Ben Slyngstad before Will Peterman tied the game when he grounded a 3-2 pitch from Yates to right.

Peterman (3-2) pitched a scoreless seventh in relief to earn the victory and help the Rebels sweep the three-game series against the Dolphins.

Chadwick (7-13 and 5-7 in league for third place) appeared to have things under control. The Dolphins scored three runs in the first.


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