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There are two teams left in the high school baseball playoffs
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There are two teams left in the high school baseball playoffs

In the second round of the CIF baseball playoffs Tuesday, Hart, Valencia, Santa Clarita Christian School and Trinity Classical Academy entered with hopes of winning their respective games, but only one emerged victorious.

After a hard-fought battle against Newport Harbor, the Hart Indians emerged victorious and became one of the two Santa Clarita Baseball team to advance in the play-offs.

In their game, Hart scored the only point, giving them a 1-0 victory over the Newport Harbor Sailors.

Hart pitcher Ian Edwards pitched for a five-inning shutout, utilizing his submarine pitching style.

When facing a right-handed submarine pitcher, it is more challenging for a right-handed hitter to hit the pitch. The same goes for left-handed pitchers and hitters; submarine pitches are usually the hardest to hit for batters from the same side.

This happens because the submarine’s rotation is not completely level; As he quickly descends through the zone, the ball spins forward and to the side of the pitcher’s arm, blocking hitters on the same side just in time.

Submarine throwers are extremely rare, likely due to the unique way they throw.

The majority of throwers use an upper arm movement, which is the most natural way of throwing. Most coaches and trainers tend to teach their young pitchers to mimic this motion, while submarine pitching is more of a learned than a natural style.

This technique proved effective as the Sailors were unable to score a single run.

With one more win under his belt, Hart looks to continue his streak, sending head coach Jim Ozella out in style as he wraps up his final season with the team after 25 years.

The Indians’ next trip to the diamond is Friday against Arlington at 3:15 p.m.

Although Hart was able to get the job done, Valencia and Trinity were not so lucky.

SCCS:

Out of the Heritage League, the Cardinals were red hot in the playoffs with two shutouts in both games.

To wrap up the CIF Division 8 playoffs, SCCS defeated Loma Linda Academy 3-0. They followed that up by beating California Lutheran 8-0 on Tuesday.

The Cardinals look to continue their streak Friday when they host Azusa at 3:15 p.m

Valencia:

After an easy 7-1 win in the first round, the Vikings faced a stronger opponent in Moorpark that was decided by a single point.

In the first two innings, the two teams traded a few runs to tie things up at two apiece.

It wasn’t until the bottom of the fifth inning that Valencia took its first lead, 3-4.

But in a final chance, the Musketeers scored a pair of runs in what would be the final nail in the coffin, giving them a 4-3 win.

Trinity:

The Trinity Knights, who won the Heritage League champions and went 19-0 in the regular season, they saw their season come to a halt in the second round of the Division 5 CIF playoffs.

After a first-round bye, the Knights rested and were ready to take on the Adelanto Saints.

The first three innings were pretty close, with Adelanto scoring just one run. In the top of the fourth inning, the Saints came into action, scoring four runs to take a 5–0 lead.

It wasn’t until the bottom of the sixth inning that the Knights showed signs of life and scored a few runs. They carried their momentum into the seventh inning, but their late-game efforts weren’t enough and they fell 5-3.

While they didn’t have the ending to the season they were hoping for, Trinity has a lot to build on for next season.

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