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MICHAEL GOULDING, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
San Clemente third baseman Keegan Cardin clutches his mouth after a bad-hop ground ball knocked out a tooth in the Tritons’ 7-5 victory over Trabuco Hills on Friday.

Tritons go dental to remain in first

Tritons go dental to remain in first

The Orange County Register

They found the tooth.

The Register's OC Varsity section Saturday included a picture of San Clemente third baseman Keegan Cardin losing a tooth, the result of a bad-hop ground ball in the sixth inning of the Tritons' 7-5 victory over Trabuco Hills in a South Coast League game. An accompanying photo showed players and coaches from both teams scouring the infield dirt for Cardin's tooth.

The tooth was reinserted by a dentist. San Clemente coach Dave Gellatly said he was told there is "a 50-50 chance" the reinsertion will be successful, but there were sub-fractures to four other teeth that Gellatly said could create more dental issues for Cardin.

"That probably won the game for us," Gellatly said. "At the time, Trabuco had all the momentum. Then we had a 15-minute tooth delay, and that broke their momentum."

San Clemente is in first place in the South Coast League with a half-game lead over Capistrano Valley.

THE TOP 25

If a top 25 poll were taken, here is how the Register would vote for places 11-25 (with records in parentheses): 11. Marina (13-5); 12. Edison (13-8); 13. Villa Park (10-7-1); 14. Corona del Mar (14-5) 15. Troy (12-5); 16. Ocean View (14-5); 17. Foothill (13-7); 18. Trabuco Hills (12-5-1); 19. Fountain Valley (9-9); 20. El Toro (11-9); 21. Dana Hills (9-11); 22. La Quinta (15-4); 23. Mission Viejo (8-12); 24. El Dorado (10-10); 25. Servite (9-10).

NOTES

Top games this week: El Dorado at El Modena, Wednesday (battling for playoff position in the Century League); Capistrano Valley at Trabuco Hills, Wednesday (Trabuco Hills needs to get back into the playoff hunt; Capistrano Valley is trying to get back into first); Los Alamitos at Marina (playoff implications in the Sunset League); and Aliso Niguel at Foothill, Wednesday (first-place Aliso leads Foothill by a game in the Sea View). ... Savanna coach Hack Mitchell got victory No.300 when the Rebels beat Santa Ana Valley on Friday. That gave first-place Savanna a two-game lead over second-place Valley. ... Marina has won 10 of its past 11, including a sweep of Fountain Valley last week. The Vikings also have beaten Edison and Los Alamitos during that span. ... La Quinta has won six in a row since losing to Pacifica. ... Villa Park has won six of its past seven.


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