Eagles' Beach Pit opener rough

Estancia suffers 10-1 loss to Village Christian to begin local tournament at home Saturday.

April 13, 2014|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

A week had gone by since the Estancia High baseball team saw live pitching. The Eagles returned to the field on Saturday and they almost went hitless.

Their first game back was in the Beach Pit Classic opener at home against Sun Valley Village Christian. With their opponent having won two games during the week to stay in a first-place tie in the Olympic League, the Eagles figured to see someone who hasn't thrown a whole lot for the Crusaders.

They were right, as David Barta had pitched just one inning this season. The southpaw's debut as a starter turned out to be impressive.


Through five innings, Barta worked on a no-hitter, while striking out seven. He never made it back to the mound in the sixth, and Coach Matt Whisenant didn't tell Barta that he hadn't given up a hit.

Heck, Whisenant said he didn't even know. All that mattered to him was that Village Christian was on the way to its fourth straight win.

The Crusaders lost the no-hit bid in the sixth, before they prevailed, 10-1. One hit is all they allowed, with Barta, and relievers Jordan Ingebritson and Chris Davidson combining for 10 strikeouts.

"It was a good day for our guys," said Whisenant, whose team fared much better against Estancia than the previous time the two clubs met.

This is the Crusaders' second straight appearance at the Beach Pit Classic. In their first go-around last year, they opened with the Eagles as well, but lost, 7-3. The team suffered two more setbacks, before finally winning on the last day of the four-game tournament.

This year, Barta helped the Crusaders (11-5) get off to a rousing start in the eight-team tournament. Whisenant said Barta just got his first chance to play for the team on Tuesday, after he sat out the first 30 days because he transferred from Burbank Burroughs.

The offense backed the sophomore right away, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Leadoff hitter Josh Argarin got on because of an error on a routine grounder, leading to Village Christian taking the lead.

Barta retired the side in order in the first, striking out two batters looking. He punched two more out in the second inning, the last one on a wicked off-speed pitch with runners on first and second base.

Barta wound up walking three and hitting one. On his second walk, catcher Fernando Pizano bailed him out. Pizano picked off the runner at first base to end the third inning.

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