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Vetrovec leads way for Sailors

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Junior pitcher, who led Newport Harbor to win over Edison, has not allowed an earned run in 22 straight innings.

March 23, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

Before Shaun Vetrovec made his start on the mound for Newport Harbor High on Friday, he watched a couple of guys throw out the first pitch. One threw it pretty well and another bounced it to the plate.

These guys were a lot older than Vetrovec, who's 16. These guys were as old as his fastball. These 80-year-olds could've been his great grandfather.

Back in 1948, these guys played on the Sailors' Sunset League championship team. Vetrovec knew they were part of the school's history.

The program hasn't won a league title since these guys put on the uniform at Newport Harbor.

"Seeing how old they are, I hope that doesn't stay that way too long," Vetrovec said. "[Coach Patrick] Murphy told us that, and that's one of our goals, to change that. They don't have to be the only ones [to win a league title in baseball]."

Vetrovec is doing his part to keep the Sailors in contention for a league crown. He has not allowed an earned run in 22 straight innings.

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Fifteen of those innings have come in his last two starts in league play. Those two starts for Vetrovec (3-1) have resulted in complete games.

The last time Vetrovec gave up an earned run was in the first inning he threw this season. He has been that dominant since Newport Harbor's season opener on Feb. 28, striking out 17, walking four and posting a 0.30 earned-run average.

Vetrovec is going the distance for Newport Harbor, which has split both of his starts in league. He could easily be 2-0 in league and his team 2-1 in league.

On the day the school honored the old-timers, Vetrovec looked like he did in his previous league start.

Through 5 2/3 innings, he threw 58 pitches against Huntington Beach. Murphy believed Vetrovec was on pace for another 85-pitch gem, like the one he delivered in his eight-inning shutout victory at Edison on March 15.

But two errors with two out in the top of the sixth hurt Vetrovec's chances of staying undefeated. The Oilers took the lead on a three-run home run and won, 3-1.

The Sailors were that close to moving into sole possession of third place in league. They are 1-2 and tied with the Oilers and Edison for the third spot, behind Fountain Valley and Marina, who share first at 3-0.

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