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Lions' loss is a throwaway

March 24, 2006|By Dave Thorpe

Vanguard threatened in the fifth inning, when junior Joe Candelaria led off with a single up the middle and freshman Ethan Gentry sacrificed him to second. But when Isaac Salazar singled up the middle, Concordia center fielder Daniel Robertson took a page out of Machado's book and threw out Candelaria at home on a bang-bang play. Candelaria couldn't sneak his left hand under the tag of Eagles catcher Cesar Reyes.

The Lions threatened again in the seventh inning when catcher Travis Westerfeld was hit by a pitch and Candelaria sacrificed him to second. Pinch-hitter Matt Voorhies hit a soft liner to center to put runners on first and third. But pinch-hitter Shea Alderete popped up to first base, Salazar walked to load the bases and Machado struck out looking to end the inning.

"When you have your opportunities, you must take advantage of them," Mallernee said.

Clay Brown had a solid effort on the mound for the Lions, going the distance and allowing nine hits and two runs ? one earned. Brown struck out three, walked two and hit two batters, falling to 5-3 this season.

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"Clay's been great all year, he's given us everything he has," Mallernee said. "He works as hard as anyone I've seen."

Vanguard will return to action on Wednesday when it plays host to Westmont.

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