Baseball: Jack Hartman pitches Cleveland past Chatsworth, 1-0 [Video]
There aren't too many pitchers in West Valley League history who can say they have beaten Chatsworth once, let alone twice, in their careers.
Jack Hartman of Reseda Cleveland won for the second time against the Chancellors on Tuesday, striking out nine and allowing five hits in a 1-0 victory. He also beat Chatsworth last season, 3-2.
The senior left-hander bound for Pennsylvania made clutch pitches to get out of jams. He also had the only RBI of the game in the first inning, scoring Reno Rankin, who doubled.
Cleveland improved to 18-7 and 5-0. Chatsworth dropped to 17-8 and 4-1.
Chatsworth had the bases loaded and none out in the fifth, but Hartman got a double play and pop up. He struck out freshman Josh Garcia with the tying run on second in the sixth.
A frustrated Meusborn said, “We had guys on base all day long but didn’t clutch up.”
Hartman had something to do with the Chancellors’ lack of execution. He picked his spots and knew exactly which hitters to try to strike out and which hitters to be cautious. Chris DeVito got two singles off him but never when anyone was in scoring position. Jason Karkenny threw a complete game and pitched well for Chatsworth, striking out seven and walking one.
The Cavaliers received three singles from Andrew Devian and played solid defense, showing they can come through in a big game against a quality opponent.
The two teams play again on Thursday at Chatsworth.
El Camino Real defeated Birmingham, 10-0. Brian Oleesky threw the shutout. Nick Snyder had two hits, including a home run. Michael Pope had two hits. Granada Hills defeated Taft, 8-1. Joe Goring had three hits. Justin Castaneda had two doubles and two RBIs.
In the Valley Mission League, San Fernando defeated Canoga Park, 21-0. Eddie Mendez went four for four. Kennedy defeated Reseda, 15-0. Alex Ortiz had three RBIs.
-- Eric Sondheimer