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Lancers play like men of steal

04/04/2014, 10:22pm PDT
By John Maffei

Carlsbad’s aggressive baserunning leads to championship of North County Tournament


Carlsbad’s Matt Wezniak is out at second as Mt. Carmel’s Nick Romano is upended on the play.

— Carlsbad took advantage of two first-and-third situations in the third inning, stealing two runs en route to a 3-1 baseball win over Mt. Carmel on Friday in the championship game of the North County Tournament before a large crowd on a cold night at Escondido High.

Trailing 1-0, the No. 10-ranked Lancers (9-2) got a one-out double by Andrew Jackey, who advanced to third on a single by Adam Bruck.

Jackey scored on the back end of a double steal as the Sundevils (6-5) made a play on Bruck, who was safe at second.

Alex Emerick walked and Chase Grant’s single scored Bruck, who made a headfirst slide at the plate to elude the tag of catcher Daniel Cope.

Grant, running early on a planned play, was thrown out at second on a steal attempt, but Emerick scored standing on the back end of the play.

“We work on those type situations, both offensively and defensively,” said Carlsbad coach Jonathan Montgomery. “Those were both designed plays.

“We’re very aggressive on the bases. I want to put the pressure on the defense. I don’t mind getting thrown out on the bases as long as it’s an aggressive out.”

The Lancers did have five runners thrown out on the bases — one when Mt. Carmel’s Kory Fox made a one-hop throw from deep center field to nail a runner who tagged at second and was trying to reach third.

Senior left-hander Ryan Wilson, who entered the game with a 0.78 ERA over 18 innings, was outstanding for the Lancers. He allowed four hits over six innings, striking out seven, including the last four batters he faced, with only two walks.

Senior right-hander David Gonzalez struck out two in the seventh to earn the save.

“There was a little extra pressure pitching in a championship game, but I’d rather have it that way than pitch in a consolation game,” Wilson said. “I was a little anxious early. I couldn’t find my change-up.

“But I settled down, worked down in the zone, and kept them off balance.

“Mt Carmel isn’t bad. They came to play tonight.”

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