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CdM shut out again

High School Baseball

Beckman remains in first place in the Pacific Coast League after pitcher Kaprielian delivers two-hit complete-game gem.

April 05, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Corona del Mar pitcher Andrew McCormack, center, walks back to the mound after Beckman's Connor Deneen, left, and Grant Barring score in the fourth inning.
Corona del Mar pitcher Andrew McCormack, center, walks… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

CORONA DEL MAR — In the same week, against the same team, the Corona del Mar High baseball put up the same number of zeros every inning.

In all, 14 zeros.

As the Sea Kings met near left field, trying to figure out how they failed to score in two big Pacific Coast League games against Beckman, the opposing coach looked over on Thursday.

"If you were here watching these two games, you might not believe me, but that's a good baseball team over there," Coach Kevin Lavalle said after his Patriots shut out host CdM, 8-0.

"I feel bad for them and I feel bad for [CdM Coach] John [Emme], but they'll get it fixed."

A break from league play came at the right time for CdM, which opens the four-day Beach Pit Classic Saturday at home against Foothill.

The Sea Kings began the week tied for first place with Beckman. They're now in second place, two games back of Beckman (11-3, 6-1 in league), which is trying to win four straight league titles and two straight CIF Southern Section Division 3 titles.

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In two games during a three-day stretch, Beckman, ranked No. 3 in Division 3, outscored the No. 5 Sea Kings, 25-0.

Teams are playing with new bats, but it seemed like the Sea Kings (9-5, 4-3) swung at pitches without a stick in their hands.

When they face a pitcher of James Kaprielian's caliber, it just appears that way. The UCLA-bound senior threw a complete-game two-hitter, striking out nine to improve to 5-1.

The right-hander threw hard for all seven innings. He fooled hitters with his change-up, curveball and cutter. It just wasn't fair when he blew his 90-plus mile-per-hour fastball right past them.

The Sea Kings really stood no chance at beating Kaprielian (5-1) for the second time this season. He said he has only lost twice during his varsity career.

"We want to not only set the tone for us against CdM, but us against the whole league, and send a message to everybody out there," said Kaprielian, who bounced back from his only setback this season, coming in a 3-2 loss in the league opener at CdM on March 16.

The same two pitchers started in the third league meeting between the teams. Andrew McCormack, who is going to Stanford, went for CdM.

Through three innings, McCormack and Kaprielian dealt, keeping the game scoreless. The first ace to make a mistake was McCormack and it cost him as he suffered his first loss.

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