MORE BASEBALL: Valencia baseball rides big inning, holds off Golden Valley“He was told at 7 a.m this morning he was going to start because (Bryce) Collins is sick,” Ozella said. “He’s Mr. Dependable and Mr. Knows-How-to-Get-It-Done.” Henry ran into trouble in the sixth, though, and Ozella lifted him for Jacob Cevene with two on and one out. A hit batter and a bases-loaded walk cut Hart’s lead to 3-2. Then Tony Jacob Jr. tied the score with a sacrifice fly. But Cevene buckled down. The onus then fell to Hart’s offense.
Thuente walked to lead off the seventh, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. With less than two outs, Elser only needed a fly ball. Instead, he made contact and ran as if to beat out an infield single. “I put my head down all the way to first, and then I saw (my teammates) running after me,” he said. I don’t stop until the play is done.” Said Saugus coach John Maggiora, “Another one run Hart-Saugus game. …Our guys competed. I had no fault with their effort. They left it all on the field.” Saugus pitcher Jacob Jr. allowed three earned runs over five innings. Centurions Chase Lindemann and Michael Frazier each two hits. Hart’s Josh Cerpa went 3-for-4.
Prep baseball: Matt Elser's walk-off single lifts Hart to 4-3 win over Saugus. pic.twitter.com/TYcNisUAiE— Mason Nesbitt (@mason_nesbitt) March 25, 2017