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Chatterton's stellar play says it all
LOS ANGELES — Pacifica shortstop Trent Chatterton has been looking forward to this weekend for a while.
The UCLA signee will be at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday to watch his future school play in the NCAA Regionals. He would have been there for Friday night’s opener if not for a game he played in himself, at the home of Robinson’s Major League ballclub.
And just like Robinson, Chatterton hit, turned two and persevered.
The senior’s 10th-inning single drove in the winning run as Pacifica beat Aliso Niguel, 3-2, in the CIF-SS Division 2 finals at Dodger Stadium on Friday, giving the Mariners their first division title.
“I’m so speechless right now,” Chatterton said. “I don’t even know what to say.”
His play did enough talking. In the third inning, Chatterton cut an early 2-0 deficit in half with an RBI double that bounced to the wall, and then scored to tie it. He also helped turn double plays in the fifth and sixth innings to keep the score tied.
“Trent’s the man, he’s been the man for four years,” Pacifica coach Mike Caira said of his four-year varsity starter and tri-captain.
But this is baseball and Chatterton’s narrative would almost feel incomplete without some adversity and oddity. Following a leadoff single by Pacifica catcher Cody Bistline in the bottom of the eighth inning, Chatterton, who’s fourth all-time in county history with 153 hits, tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt but instead hit into a double play.
Chatterton said he knew better than to think too much into it, his team embroiled in the longest CIF-SS final since 1971.
“You can’t get too down on yourself,” Chatterton said “This game is so mental. You fail seven times out of 10 and you’re a hall of famer. The negative mind-set, you got to throw out the window and go from one play to the next.”
Chatterton came back and cleanly fielded ground balls in the next two innings, his eighth and ninth chances without an error. Then came his fifth at bat, with runners on second and third and two out in the bottom of the 10th inning, and he smacked it down the left field line.
Chatterton said he was locked in, a product of the situation and scenery.
“At our field it’s kind of hard to see,” Chatterton said. “From center, we have the sky, there’s nothing out there. You can’t pick up spin. Here, it so easy. It’s unreal. Everything is so enclosed, it feels like everyone is shouting into one spot.
“There’s no better feeling than to come up big and everyone cheering for you.”
Chatterton would know.
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