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Trabuco Hills keeps title hopes alive

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

SAN JUAN HILLS - The Trabuco Hills baseball team earned a crucial Sea View League win over San Juan Hills, 2-0, on Friday at San Juan Hills High.

By winning, the Mustangs (14-13, 8-4) kept alive their hopes of winning the Sea View League title.

Trabuco Hills has played all of its league games, and its title hopes will be determined by what Mission Viejo (7-3 in league) does in its two league games next week against last-place Laguna Hills.

“It’s nice to take control of what we can control going into our bye week,” Mustangs coach Michael Burns said. “It feels great to control our own destiny and let everybody beat up on each other.”

Trabuco starting pitcher Jack Cornish was dominant aaginst the Stallions, who are tied for third with San Clemente at 5-5 in league. The senior pitched a shutout, scattering seven hits and striking out five.

“I felt really good,” Cornish said. “My defense helped me out a bit and without them I probably wouldn’t have been where I was.”

Cornish got into trouble in the second inning. He allowed three singles to load the bases with no outs. He retired the next three hitters to keep the shutout in tact.

“That’s hard to stomach for an offense to not score there,” Burns said. “We were fortunate to get to the bottom of the lineup and get out of the jam.”

San Juan Hills pitcher Riley Glenn was also excellent on the mound. The senior, making his first start of the season, allowed just two runs on three hits.

“I was really impressed with him,” Burns said. “We had a great approach and good at-bats the entire game, and he battled and did an outstanding job.”

Trabuco Hills scored its two runs in the seventh inning. Glenn walked Cooper Uhl and he advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt. Matt Wong hit a single to right field to drive in Uhl. After hitting the next batter, the Stallions turned to Jack McCarthy to finish the inning. Wong scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 2-0.


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