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Sailors 0-2 in Sunset after loss to Edison

High School Baseball

Newport Harbor sends aces to mound in first two Sunset League games and lose both.

March 26, 2014|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

Shaun Vetrovec took the mound for Newport Harbor High and he kept the baseball team in the game for six innings on Wednesday. That's what an ace like Vetrovec is supposed to do.

The host Sailors trailed Edison by one run going into the top of the seventh inning. Vetrovec came back out and got the first batter to ground out. The next one singled to left field, and a fielding error allowed the Chargers to turn a one-run game into a three-run lead.

Edison stringed together four singles off Vetrovec in the seventh, two for runs, ending the right-hander's day and the Sailors' chances of coming back. The Chargers won, 4-1, and improved to 2-0 in Sunset League play.

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The affair got away from the Sailors, who have dropped their first two league contests. They sent out their top two pitchers, Connor Seabold and Vetrovec, who are bound for Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine, respectively, in the first two games and have nothing to show for it.

"Absolutely disappointing [because] our kids expect to win," said Newport Harbor Coach Evan Chalmers, whose team plays host to defending league champion Fountain Valley on Friday at 3:15 p.m. "They're definitely disappointed, but on the other hand we know we can compete."

Mistakes cost Newport Harbor (6-3 overall) its best chance to pick up a league victory.

The Sailors, who led, 1-0, after two innings, had an opportunity to jump on starter Kaz Akamatsu in the bottom of the third inning. Newport Harbor loaded the bases, with Seabold and Vetrovec singling, and Tk McWhertor drawing a two-out walk, the only walk given up by Akamatsu.

Akamatsu pitched out of the jam, getting Rigsby Duncan to go down swinging with an off-speed pitch. Akamatsu (2-1) went 6 1/3 innings, striking out eight, giving up five hits and one run, and hitting one batter.

"With the bases loaded we got to find a way to put the ball in play, make them do something," Chalmers said.

"It's just the little things that are really important in a tight game like this."

The Chargers (10-3 overall) ended up producing with runners on base, helping them collect their fifth win in a row. They tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth inning when Michael Mahony doubled to right-center field to drive in a run.

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