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Marina falls in CIF title game

High School Baseball

Vikings nearly tie game, but lose, 1-0, in CIF Division 1 final at Dodger Stadium.

June 01, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

LOS ANGELES — This time, there were no late-inning heroics for the Marina High baseball team.

The Vikings had their bid to win the programs' first CIF Southern Section title in 10 years and third, overall, denied by North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake which survived a 1-0 contest in the Division 1 championship game at Dodger Stadium.

Marina had its chances to upend the No. 3-seeded Wolverines but could not convert scoring opportunities in the third and seventh innings, and had a nine-game win streak snapped.

"We didn't get the job done," Marina Coach Bob Marshall said. "Bases loaded in that [third] inning, and then in the sixth.

"It's tough. But I tip my hat to that team [Harvard-Westlake]. They are well-coached and made plays."

Marina (22-9) was down a run heading into the seventh and had been limited to just three hits by Harvard-Westlake junior Jack Flaherty, a right-handed pitcher who has committed to North Carolina. But Tyler Mildenberg breathed some life into the Vikings' offense when he sent a single through the middle of the infield to start the inning. Mildenberg went to second base on Landon Marshall's sacrifice bunt, putting the tying run in scoring position.

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Grant Mayeaux followed Marshall and ripped an 0-1 pitch for a single into left field. Mildenberg rounded third and headed for home, but never made it. Harvard-Westlake left fielder Ezra Steinberg fielded Mayeaux's hit and fired a strike to home where catcher Arden Pabst blocked the plate and laid the tag on Mildenberg who had no chance to score.

"I told the kids after the game, that one was one me," said Bob Marshall who waved Mildenberg toward home from the third base coaching box. "Tyler's one of our fastest kids and I was going to send him. That kid [Steinberg] made a clutch throw. It was money."

After Pabst prevented the tying run from crossing the plate, Austin Moore lined a single into right field on the next pitch to put runners at first and second with two out. Pinch hitter Bryan Perez sent a grounder to shortstop where the Wolverines' Brian Ginsberg flipped the ball to second baseman Alex Horowitz who stepped on the bag to end the game.

Harvard-Westlake (28-4) scored the game's only run in the bottom of the third. Flaherty aided his pitching effort by getting a two-out single to right field on a full count which scored Casey Rosenfeld who hit a lead-off single.

The winning run came after Marina couldn't convert a bases-loaded situation in the top-half of the third.

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