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Sage puts up 21 runs

Lightning open playoffs in dominant fashion, as they stomp Calvary Chapel of Moreno Valley in CIF Division VI first round.

May 22, 2010|By Mark Ratto | Daily Pilot

NEWPORT BEACH — Going into Friday's CIF Southern Section Division VI first-round playoff game against Calvary Chapel of Moreno Valley, Sage Hill baseball sat in the unknown.

Any time a squad starts a 36-team tournament with schools from all over Southern California not knowing who or what you are facing can be crippling to a team.

Sage Hill on the other hand, was not fazed. And if anything, the Lightning can rest a little easier now that they know hitters one through nine are capable of putting up big numbers.

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After six innings of non-stop work at the plate, Sage Hill produced 17 hits and only struck out three times to win in a rout, 21-1.

The No. 5-seeded Lightning (18-5) will try to keep it going in the second round Tuesday, when they play at Windward of Los Angeles. The Wildcats (9-13) won at Buckley, 5-4, in Sherman Oaks.

Against Calvary Chapel (13-7), the game may have appeared tight early on, as the Lions tied the score, 1-1, before Sage Hill went up to bat in the second. But the Lightning struck with seven runs.

"We didn't know a lot about these guys," Sage Hill Coach Andy Berglund said. "But, you have to prepare like any game in CIF is going to be tough. We had a plan to get out early but we did not necessarily expect that."

The Lightning opened things up in the second inning after Alex Jimenez led off the inning with a double and was driven in on a base hit up the middle by Allen Brown to lead, 2-1. Once Jimenez crossed the plate on the hit, the floodgates let loose.

Patrick Vorwerck hit a chopper to the pitcher, who overthrew his first baseman, allowing Brown to score. Sean Vogel then singled Vorwerck in and after Michael Yorita walked, A.J. Wolfson cracked a two-run double up the right-field line to put Sage Hill up, 6-1, in the second inning.

The Lightning scored two more runs later in the inning and from that point on, the game was much of the same thing. Sage Hill continuously put the ball in play and took advantage of seeing the pitchers in multiple at-bats and sometimes in the same inning.

"It wasn't too close of a game but I think it sets us up well for the next round," senior shortstop Sean Vogel said. "It allowed a lot of guys to see a lot of curveballs and we got 17 hits, so that can't be a negative. "

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