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High School Baseball: Sailors keep winning at Beach Pit Classic

Newport Harbor unbeaten in Beach Pit Classic after 3-1 win against Greeley West of Colorado.

April 02, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Newport Harbor's Connor Seabold hurls a pitch in the Beach Pit Classic against Greeley West of Colorado Tuesday.
Newport Harbor's Connor Seabold hurls a pitch in… (Don Leach / Daily…)

NEWPORT BEACH — A couple of times this baseball season, pitcher Connor Seabold has left games late with the lead, only to see his team lose it. Newport Harbor Coach Patrick Murphy says Seabold has been a hard-luck loser.

Seabold calls it more like heartbroken.

He was in a similar situation on Tuesday in the Sailors' third game in the Beach Pit Classic. After he threw six shutout innings and Newport Harbor led by three runs, Murphy told Seabold news he didn't want to hear.

Seabold wasn't going to finish the game against Greeley West of Colorado.

"He told me to go to right," said Seabold, who saw things go wrong at the start of the seventh.

The leadoff batter walked, and then three batters later, Greeley West doubled in a run. Gone was the shutout.

Murphy brought in another reliever. He went with Taylor Parks, who opened the tournament on Saturday with his first start on the mound.

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Three days later, Murphy asked Parks to save the game and he did, allowing Seabold to get the decision in the Sailors' 3-1 victory at home.

Newport Harbor has won each of its three games in the tournament, which wraps up on Wednesday for the Sailors against Sun Valley Village Christian at 3:15 p.m. The Sailors have played host to every game of the round-robin tournament.

Murphy joked that his team wanted to be the Newport Harbor bracket champion. If there is such a prize, the Sailors (9-5) are close to earning it with strong pitching, solid defense and timely hitting.

The only innings in which Newport Harbor was in trouble against Greeley West (2-3) were the first and seventh.

Seabold (2-2) gave up three of his five hits in the first. The singles led to a bases-loaded situation, which the right-hander got out of by striking out Nate Loera swinging.

The next two hits Seabold allowed were in the fourth and fifth, when his pitches began to add up. Murphy said Seabold's pitch count got a little higher than where he wanted it to be, which is around 80-90, and that's why he pulled him before the seventh.

"He's one of our main guys," Murphy said of Seabold, the team's No. 2 starter who has struck out 42 and walked eight in 35 innings. "I think our bullpen is capable. We have a pretty deep pitching staff this year. We wanted to make sure he was ready to go next week."

Sunset League play resumes next week. Seabold is slated to start in the second of two games against Edison, which shares third place with Newport Harbor and Huntington Beach at 2-3.

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