Golden Knights Drop a Pair


There are instances when it really doesn’t matter what strategy a head coach employs, the end result is still going to be a loss. In a four-day span last week, the St. Francis High baseball team played a pair of Mission League games against highly-ranked and powerful Crespi, falling 1-0, on Friday, and 14-3, on Tuesday.
In the former effort, the Golden Knights played much better, with the exception of the second inning when Austin Walker, who reached on a two-base throwing error by pitcher Ethan Bramschreiber (2-1), scored on Alex Gonzalez’s single into short left field. The run scored after the Golden Knights were able to register two outs.
The Celts are ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Division II, and are the defending division champion.
Host Crespi (10-2 and 3-1 in league) was held to two hits, including Michael Hubbard’s leadoff double in the third inning.
Hubbard advanced to third base on a grounder, Donnie Bixby flied out, and Hubbard was thrown out at the plate while trying to score on the fly ball.
St. Francis (6-4 and 0-2 in league) had Crespi starting pitcher Ryan Brockett (4-0) in a few minor jams, but didn’t capitalize.
In the top of the first inning and one out, two St. Francis batters reached base against the left-hander. The rally was squandered when Brockett induced a fly out and force out.
With one out in the sixth inning, Mark Saatzer singled off Brockett, who went seven innings, but he struck out the next two batters.
The one bright spot for the Golden Knights was A.J. Berglund, who rapped out two singles.
Three days earlier at Jackie Robinson Field in Pasadena, the Celts built an 8-0 lead after two innings, then added three more runs in the third inning, while cruising to a runaway win.
Once again, Gonzalez had the key hit for the Celts. This time it was a two-run single.
St. Francis scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth when Bramschreiber (two for four) singled, while David Hubinger walked. Andrew Yu also singled to fill the bases, and Brady Markel delivered a two-run single. The final run crossed the plate on an error.
In other games, visiting Pasadena?handled Glendale with the assistance of a five-run fifth inning, and survived a 7-4 Pacific League decision on Friday.
The Bulldogs took an early lead in the opening frame, before the Nitros rallied and led, 4-2, after four innings.
On Tuesday, the Nitros throttled host Muir, 16-3, in a Pacific League encounter.
The Nitros tallied six runs in the first inning for starting pitcher Zachary Fields, who was helped by three Muir errors. Proving that the scoring outage wasn’t a fluke, the Nitros then tacked on five more runs in the next inning, en route to the jaunt.
Durable and consistent, Fields went the distance, while allowing seven hits, and striking out six Muir batters.

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