East County Sports

Hulett, Hillers stop top-seeded Mavericks

2016 EAST COUNTY PREP BASEBALL

 

By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com

 

CARLSBAD (5-28-16) — The Grossmont Foothillers turned loose junior Ironman JACKSON HULETT in Friday’s (May 27) San Diego Section Open Division.

 

Hulett was up to the challenge as he fired his 8th complete game and his 7th win in eight decisions as Grossmont eliminated La Costa Canyon, the No. 1 ranked team in the section.

 

“I take pride in throwing complete games,” noted Hulett. “The key is I keep a low pitch count early in the game.”

 

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Grossmont third baseman applies a late tag on a La Costa Canyon player on Friday.

Grossmont (21-11) squeezed out a 2-1 victory over the Mavericks (23-7), who dropped two straight decisions in post-season play and now will watch the remainder of the tournament from the sidelines.

 

Hulett allowed only one run and 5 hits as he walked 3 and struck out 2.

 

“I had more energy and adrenalin this time around because I have confidence in my defense,” (which played error free ball).

 

“He embraces the chance to face the No. 1 team in the county,” said Grossmont coach JORDAN ABRUZZO of Hulett. “The tougher the challenge the more he enjoys it. This game had a championship atmosphere and Hulett welcomed the chance to compete.”

 

La Costa Canyon took a third inning lead on an RBI single by Ryan Orr.

 

Grossmont counter-punched an inning later, scoring 2 runs off Brendan Kawaja. JESSE GARCIA supplied what proved to be the game-winning blow on a 2-run single.

 

“This is actually the second time we’ve beaten them,” said Hulett, referring to the Foothillers’ 4-3 nine inning victory in the Lions Tournament. “I’m never nervous, I just go out and play the game,” added Hulett, who is bound for St. Mary’s in Moraga.

 

Grossmont will host La Jolla Country Day in an elimination game on Saturday (May 28) at 11 a.m. at Joe Gizoni Field. These two teams met earlier in the season with the Torreys claiming a 3-1 victory.

 

“We are a different team now,” said Hulett. “I’m sure they are too.”

 

Fri., May 27 – SDCIF Second Round
Open Division
FOOTHILLERS 2, MAVERICKS 1
Grossmont      ab r h bi La Costa Canyon ab r h bi
Pineda 2b       4 0 1 0  Moniak cf        2 0 1 0
Ouellette ss    4 0 0 0  Orr c            2 0 1 1
Farris lf       3 1 1 0  Bay rf           2 0 0 0
Lopez 3b        3 1 0 0  Labar 3b         3 0 0 0
Hulett p        2 0 1 0  Alazard dh       3 0 2 0
Garcia 1b       3 0 1 2  Christ 1b        2 0 0 0
Lombardo rf     3 0 1 0  Miller 2b        3 0 0 0
Arreola dh      3 0 0 0  Teisher lf       3 0 0 0
Buchanan        0 0 0 0  Wiles ss         2 1 1 0
Tedokon c       3 0 1 0  Kawaja           0 0 0 0
                         Cardinale        0 0 0 0
TOTALS         28 2 6 2  TOTALS          22 1 5 1

  Grossmont      (21-11) 000 200 0 – 2 6 0
  La Costa Canyon (23-7) 001 000 0 – 1 5 2

GWRBI-Garcia (2).
E-Labar 2. DP-Gro 3. LOB-Gro 6, LCC 6. 
2B-Moniak, Wiles, Orr.

PITCHING SUMMARY
Grossmont         ip  h  r er bb so
 Hulett W(7-1)   7.0  5  1  1  3  2
La Costa Canyon
 Kawaja L        7.0  6  2  2  1  2

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