By Alexander Payne
The La Salle varsity baseball team edged visiting Montebello Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 1-0, in a Del Rey League contest last Friday.
The game’s low score is reflective of it being a battle of pitchers. Sophomore Casey Spencer turned in a stellar performance for the Lancers recording eight strikeouts and surrendering only three hits.
Cardinals senior pitcher Mikie Gill faced 22 batters and recorded five strikeouts and gave up five hits.
The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning from La Salle junior Mark Daley, who got on base by way of a double that went in between the second- and third-base gap. Daley was able to slide into third following a sacrifice fly from Blake Hardy. After a long pitch count, junior Matt Oliden hit the ball right at the second basemen who bobbled it and gave Daley enough time to score.
The Lancers (7-2 overall record, 2-0 in league) played stingy defense and held the Cardinals offense at bay. The visitors had a runner on third in consecutive innings but failed to get on the board.
The final out of the game came off a Cantwell-Sacred Heart hit that went left of the pitcher’s mound and resulted in a heads-up catch and throw by Spencer.
La Salle head coach Eddie McKiernan said the key to the game was “eliminating free bases, which Casey did a good job of by only allowing one walk.”
The Lancers will host Los Angeles Cathedral in a league game this Friday, March 15, at 6 p.m.
Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep 3
The Panthers picked up their third Prep League win of the season with a 12-3 victory over visiting Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep last Thursday.
Franco Alonso led the charge with a solo home run, RBI single and two runs scored against the Kares. Sam Howell had an RBI single and Sean McTigue blasted a three-run home run. Van Fichtner earned the win on the mound.
Polytechnic (5-2 overall record, 3-0 in league) went on to defeat Southwestern Academy of San Marino, 5-2, in a nonleague game on Friday.
The Panthers will travel to the Glendale Sports Complex and take on rival Flintridge Prep this Friday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m.
Flintridge Prep 7
Ben Grable drove in three runs and led Flintridge Prep to a 7-0 victory over host Burbank in a nonleague game last Saturday.
The junior Rebel went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs and three runs RBIs, and Max Gitlin was 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Spencer Seid collected two hits and scored twice, Nick Gonzalez singled and drove in a run, and Germaine Harvey and Bradley Marelich each contributed a single and a run.
Seid picked up the win on the mound with 4 2/3 scoreless innings. He surrendered three runs, walked four and struck out 10.
Prep (8-4 overall, 2-0 in league) will host rival Polytechnic in a league game this Friday, March 15, at the Glendale Sports Complex. The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.