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POLY DOMINATES PARROTS TAKE BIG LEAD, THEN HOLD ON TO DEFEAT GRANT POLY 9, GRANT 4.

Byline: Heather Gripp Staff Writer

A tight game is just what the Poly of Sun Valley baseball team has been waiting for. It can keep waiting.

The Parrots figured they would get at least one game requiring them to maintain intensity for an entire contest this week when they faced the Sunset 6 League's other previously undefeated team. But it didn't happen.

Poly dominated both games against second-place Grant of Van Nuys, including a 9-4 victory Wednesday at Poly High in which the Lancers committed six errors.

The Parrots (11-3, 8-0) led 8-0 by the third inning before Grant (8-7, 6-2) began chipping away at the lead.

Poly sophomore Eddie Baeza (7-0) held the Lancers to three hits and had seven strikeouts through the first four innings, but gave up a combined six hits and at least one run in each of the final three innings.

His curveball made up for several pitches kept up in the strike zone and the run support to which he and his fellow pitchers are growing accustom kept him relaxed when Grant rallied.

``They scored a run, and it didn't even matter,'' Baeza said. ``I had enough support.''

A two-base throwing error by Poly right fielder George Carrera gave the Lancers a runner at third in the first inning, but the scoring didn't start until the Grant defense collapsed an inning later.

Poly's Gabe Pena and Carrera started the second with singles, with both baserunners scoring on a two-base throwing error after a one-out single by David Valencia.

Valencia scored when Josh Wheeler's grounder to shortstop was thrown into right field. The Parrots scored four runs in the inning on three Lancer errors.

``We just didn't pick it today,'' said Grant coach Jeremy Lawrence, whose team tied a season high for errors in a game. ``We didn't play the defense we are capable of playing.

``If I had the answer, I'd be a genius.''

Carrera, Valencia and Zack Jones-Sims each had two hits.

Grant senior Mike Marble, coming back from a shoulder injury, made his season debut in relief of starting pitcher Larry Brown (3-2). He retired the side in order in the fourth, but two errors in the fifth led to Poly's final run.

Felipe Tetelboin went 3 for 4 and Nevil Vega was 2 for 3 with a triple to lead Grant's offense.

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Photo: Gabe Pena of Poly slides into second base while Felipe Tetelboin of Grant waits for the ball.

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Apr 13, 2000
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