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San Clemente shows off its pitching depth
ANAHEIM – San Clemente baseball coach David Gellatly knows his prized pitching staff doesn’t need to always be perfect.
On Friday night, when ace Kolby Allard hit a rare speed-bump, the rest of the Tritons pitching staff was there to cushion even the softest of blows.
Will Tribucher tossed three scoreless innings and knocked in two runs to help San Clemente brush back Edison, 7-1, in a Loara Tournament game at Dee Fee Field.
The Tritons (1-0) will host Lakewood today at 2 p.m. in the championship bracket.
Allard, regarded as one of the top pitching prospects in the nation, worked on a pitch count of 60 and managed to escape jams in the first and third innings. He went three innings and allowed one earned run on four hits. The UCLA-signee struck out five, including the first two batters of the game.
“He’s a competitor and I’m sure he’s going to beat himself up over it,” Gellatly said. “But it happens to everyone.”
Tribucher, a Michigan-bound left-hander, struck out the side in the fourth inning, allowed no hits and finished with six strikeouts.
Lucas Herbert, leading off the top half of the first, provided San Clemente an early advantage when he took the second pitch he saw and drove it high over the left field fence.
The Tritons, ranked No. 1 in CIF-SS Division 2 preseason rankings, added to their lead in the second inning. With two outs and runners on first and second, a ground ball off the bat of Eric Burkle was misplayed by Edison (4-1), allowing a run to score. A subsequent throwing error by the center fielder put runners on second and third, forcing Edison to intentionally walk Herbert. Connor Sealey followed with a two-run double to left-center, pushing San Clemente’s lead to 4-1.
“Offensive is the one question mark we had heading into the season,” Gellatly said. “Pitching is great, defense has always been pretty solid, but the guy’s came through.”