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Heinsius delivers at the plate as Tesoro knocks off Aliso Niguel
ALISO VIEJO - The Tesoro baseball team defeated Aliso Niguel, 6-3, Friday in a South Coast League game at Aliso Niguel High.
Starting pitcher Spencer Heinsius connected for a three-run double in the fourth inning that gave the ninth-ranked Titans (13-7, 4-4) the lead for good.
Heinsius, a senior, allowed nine base runners but only two runs during his 41/3 innings on the mound.
“I wasn’t pitching very well today,” Heinsius said. “I had to rely on my teammates and the defense.”
Aliso Niguel (14-8, 4-4), ranked No. 6 in the county, jumped on Heinsius early. With two outs and two runners on base in the first inning, Demitri Colacchio drove in a run with a single. On the ensuing pitch, Blake Sabol scored on an errant pickoff attempt, giving the Wolverines a 2-0 lead.
Tesoro took advantage of defensive miscues by the Wolverines in the second inning. The first two Titans hitters reached base on errors. After a sacrifice bunt, Chad Burchit hit a two-run single that tied the score.
In the fourth, Heinsius’ double gave Tesoro a 5-2 edge.
Titans coach Rick Brail was happy to see his team put together 11 hits and six runs after scoring a total of three runs in their previous three league games.
“We are looking for consistency,” Brail said. “I’ll take six runs a game and not have any more peaks and valleys.”
The Wolverines had 13 base runners and twice had runners thrown out at the plate.
Zach Bowman had three of the six hits for Aliso Niguel.
“We feel good about this, but we know that next week is going to be just as tough,” Brail said. “There is no time to take a breath.”