High School Baseball: Eagles fall short of first-round win

Estancia loses at South Torrance, 7-2, in CIF Division 4 first-round game. Eagles haven't won a first-round game since 1992.

May 17, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

TORRANCE — One hard hit wasn't going to end 21 years of futility in the first round of the CIF Southern Section baseball playoffs for Estancia High.

That hit is all the Eagles produced on Friday at South Torrance in the first round of the Division 4 playoffs.

The hit came in the top of the first inning, when Steven Macias' line drive almost ripped off the third baseman's hand. Joe Aldape took off his glove to check what was left of his left hand.


The hand actually grew. At one point, his coach, Grady Sain, wasn't sure if the swelling was going to stop.

Aldape shook it off and stayed in the game. He went on to field six more balls, all grounders, one off his chest, and he played a key role to Matt Mogollon's successful start on the mound.

Mogollon threw six strong innings, leading South Torrance to a 7-2 win. The junior only needed to throw 74 pitches to end the Eagles' hopes of recording their first first-round victory since 1992.

The only trouble Mogollon (10-1) found himself in was the first inning. He almost lost his third baseman, and then a two-out error gave Estancia a 1-0 lead.

With runners on the corners, Mogollon was in a jam. His first two pitches to Alex Chairez were strikes. He didn't need to throw another pitch to Chairez.

In the corner of his eye, Mogollon saw Eric Molina take off for second base. Mogollon stepped off the rubber and threw to second base to Perry Richmond. Molina tried to retreat to first base, but Richmond ran him down and tagged him out for the third out.

That was the first of a handful of mistakes committed by the Eagles (17-10).

Their catcher was called for interference in the first inning, allowing a runner on. In that same inning, their starter hit two batters after he jumped ahead in the count each time.

Their third baseman and catcher also had a hard time holding on to the ball in the second and third innings.

The Eagles paid for the gaffes against South Torrance, which shared the Pioneer League title.

After three innings, Estancia trailed, 5-1. South Torrance (18-10) was on its way to playing at Covina Northview (22-8) in the second round on Tuesday.

"We beat ourselves," said Estancia Coach Nate Goellrich, who before the game told his players to "calm the nerves and enjoy it."

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