Baseball team edged at home by El Camino   

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The Irvine Valley baseball squandered a couple of chances to score early and didn't get many opportunities late in a 1-0 loss in 10 innings to El Camino in a nonconference game at Irvine Valley on Saturday afternoon.

El Camino (7-1) defeated Irvine Valley (4-5) for the second game in a row. The Warriors beat the Lasers, 6-4, on Thursday at El Camino.

Saturday's game took just 1-hour and 47 minutes to complete.

And that was because of the strong efforts turned in by both starting pitchers. El Camino sophomore right-hander Drew Freeman went the distance and picked up the win. He threw 10 scoreless innings and allowed just six hits with no walks. He hit one batter and had six strikeouts.

Irvine Valley freshman right-hander Enzio Perez (0-2) matched Freeman zero for zero on the scoreboard until the top of the 10th inning.

Perez, who also went the distance, took the hard luck loss. He gave up one run on four hits with one walk and one hit batter. Perez, who lowered his ERA to 3.18 on the year, had five strikeouts.

El Camino scored in the top of the 10th inning with two outs.

With one out, Justin McCullough singled to left field. Daniel Timmerman came in to run for McCullough and promptly stole second base.

Ronnie Galocic then followed with a single up the middle to score Timmerman with the lone run of the game.

Freeman gave up a hit in the bottom of the 10th inning to IVC pinch-hitter Tim Ralston, but he struck out freshman leftfielder Camden Huger to end the game.

Irvine Valley had its chances against Freeman early.

The Lasers put runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the first inning, but couldn't capitalize.

Irvine Valley left a runner at third base with one out in the bottom of the third inning and had runners on first and third with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning.

A ground out and then foul out ended the third inning and a double play cut short the fourth inning for the Lasers.

Sophomore centerfielder Bryce Hara had two hits and a sacrifice for Irvine Valley. Freshman first baseman Danny Jimenez, sophomore third baseman Sean Guite, freshman designated hitter Eric Peruzzi and Ralston had the other hits on the day for Irvine Valley.

Irvine Valley plays again on Tuesday, hosting Southwestern at 2 p.m.

Posted by  Brent Shaver  on  2/18/2012
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