Spartans score 1-0 triumph

first_imgLA VERNE – In a pitchers’ duel marred by controversy, Damien High School beat visiting Covina 1-0 in a nonleague baseball game on Monday. In the bottom of the third inning of a scoreless game, the Spartans’ Matt Krause singled to left field. The ball took a strange bounce and got by left fielder Tyler Pill. It rolled to the fence and went under it. “We had no idea what to expect, but he’s (Garcia) probably our most talented pitcher.” Vasquez said. Adam Pittman was sent in to close out the game for the Spartans and went 12/3 innings. He gave up one hit and struck out two in earning the save. Covina’s best chance to score came after a leadoff triple by Steve Wilson. A pitch in the dirt then rolled up the third-base line, but he was tagged out to end the threat. “It’s hard to overcome mistakes. We made mistakes.” Root said. “This was a learning experience for us.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I didn’t see the play, I was watching the runner.” Damien coach Rich Vasquez said. Perhaps lost in the controversy was the performance of the pitchers. Covina sent out junior left-hander Justin Smith, who threw a complete-game, two-hitter. He also struck out four. “He mixed pitches up and spotted really well.” Root said. “He’s a competitor and is gonna do really well for us all year.” Damien used two pitchers to complete the shutout. Sophomore Mark Garcia made his first start at the varsity level, went 51/3 innings and allowed only five hits. center_img Pill put his hands up to signal dead ball, but the umpire apparently didn’t see the ball go under the fence and only saw the ball after it came back to the infield. Krause, meanwhile, kept running and scored the game’s lone run. “We were told if the ball goes under the fence it’s a dead ball.” Covina coach Scott Root said. “One bad call hurt us.” last_img read more