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La Cañada High baseball shows its resiliency in win over San Marino

Baseball: Spartans score two runs in final three innings in outlasting host Titans, 7-6, in eight innings.

March 28, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

SAN MARINO — In certain ways, Thursday afternoon’s Rio Hondo League baseball game between visiting La Cañada High and San Marino provided a valuable reality check.

The upstart Spartans, who won all of two league games last year, improved to 3-1 through the first third of league play after rallying for a 7-6 victory in eight innings over the suddenly-struggling Titans at McNamee Field.

With the victory, the Spartans (6-2) are tied atop the league standings with CIF Southern Section Division IV fifth-ranked Monrovia (9-1 overall, 3-1 in league), whom the Spartans already beat.

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San Marino (6-3-1, 1-3), which had preseason aspirations of capturing the program’s first league title since 1998, dropped into a tie for last with reigning league champ Temple City (4-7, 1-3).

“We’re now showing that we can play in these types of games and win,” La Cañada first baseman Scott Moulin said. “I like that we’re going in and showing teams that this is nothing like last year. We’re a completely different team and are proving it on the field.”

Moulin did his part for the Spartans in the top of the eighth when the senior laced a first-pitch fastball into left field for a go-ahead RBI double that plated teammate Justin Lewis (double and two runs) from second base and put La Cañada ahead, 7-6.

The two-out double proved clutch as the Spartans were previously two for 16 (.125 batting average) with runners in scoring position with a double and three RBI.

“I was looking for fastball, preferably inside, and it was there,” said Moulin, who was two for five with a double, RBI and run.

San Marino reliever Miles Glazier did his best to limit the damage by striking out Anthony Mizrahi to end the inning, but his teammates had no final retort.

Spartans reliever Clayton Herrmann retired the first two Titans in the eighth before a single from Kieran Ryan was followed by a game-ending strikeout.

“It helps when you have eight guys behind you backing you up,” said Herrmann, who picked up the win in allowing only one hit through three scoreless innings. “We’ve all got each other’s backs.”

Herrmann and teammate Jonah Bodmer represented a strong back-half to La Cañada’s bullpen as the duo combined to toss five shutout innings of relief after the Titans plated six runs through the first three innings.

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