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Sage lets one slip away

High School Baseball

Freshman pitcher Super sees no-hit bid end in seventh, when rival St. Margaret's score three runs in key league win.

March 28, 2014|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

The food truck pulled up an hour before the first pitch at Sage Hill School. The cook started up the grill right away inside the truck on Friday.

St. Margaret's bats never caught on fire for the first six innings, and pitcher Brett Super was the reason why. The burger truck parked near the field was about to name a menu item after Super. The "Super Burger" sounded about right after the freshman right-hander went into the seventh with a no-hitter.

In the seventh, Super lost the no-hitter and then the game. The Tartans rallied for three runs on three hits in the top of the seventh to pull out a 3-2 victory.

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St. Margaret's paid the Lightning in a little payback, after Sage Hill scored four runs in the top of the seventh to win, 4-2, at St. Margaret's on Tuesday. The programs split the key two-game Academy League series.

Sage Hill (6-3, 1-1 in league) was one out away from sweeping the Tartans (6-2, 1-1), ranked No. 7 in the CIF Southern Section Division 6 poll.

"We sure did," Sage Hill Coach Dominic Campeau said of letting the game get away in the seventh. "It happened pretty fast."

The seventh began with Super walking the leadoff hitter, then allowing the next batter to single to right field, the first hit he gave up.

Super got some much needed defensive help when Timothy Maguire tried to bunt over the runners. Catcher Tobias Bush helped turn a double play after he picked up the ball near the plate. He fired to third base for the force out, and third baseman Harrison Rhee threw to first baseman Conner Bock for the second out.

With a runner on second base, Super jumped on Daniel Horgan, his first two pitches went for strikes. Four pitches later, Horgan singled to right field, bringing home the runner from second to tie the game at 1-1.

Super hit the next batter, putting runners on second and first base. On his 102nd pitch, Andre Antone singled down the right-field line to put St. Margaret's up, 2-1.

"I went there to actually take him out [before], but he's like, 'You know what coach? I want to finish this.' I kind of like that. The kid's young and he's got attitude," Campeau said of Super. "[The Tartans] battled. They started hitting the ball to the right side, and next thing you know they caught up."

Super, who struck out three and walked two, exited after 6 2/3 innings. The Tartans, with runners on the corners, managed to get another run across on a double steal.

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