H-SPORTS

May 23, 2013 8:36 PM by Andrew Masuda

Templeton baseball carries hot bats into Thursday's CIF quarterfinals

The Templeton High baseball plays its first CIF Southern Section quarterfinal game in nearly 25 years on Thursday afternoon.

"We're just having a blast with all the guys, we all bond together. And we're seeing the ball well and playing good defense. And we're just all playing together right now," said freshman pitcher Mac Lardner, who's 9-1 with a 1.76 ERA.

The 19-4 Eagles play at Ontario Christian, the third seed in Division 5. Templeton will look to keep its bats red-hot. The Eagles have 33 hits and scored 26 runs combined in their first two playoff games, which included victories of 10-6 and 16-6.

"Our hitting has become more consistent and I think we're more confident in the fact we can score every inning and make things happen," said catcher Taylor Tobin, who went 4 for 5 with 2 RBI in Tuesday's victory.

"What we really need to do is just continue to from the neck up be focused on every pitch, stay in the present, don't worry about what's going to happen or what just happened. And from the neck down just stay relaxed," said Templeton head coach Brad Macomber.

The Ontario Christian Knights are 23-5 overall and riding a 10 game winning streak. They're led by Matt Nishanian (.446), Frankie Annunziato (.457), as well as Travis Booth (7-0, 1.32 ERA).

The winner advances to next Tuesday's semifinals against either Hemet or #2 seed Oak Hills.

Also on Thursday, 19-9 Santa Ynez hosts 21-5 Citrus Valley in a Division 5 quarterfinal. Coast Union hosts top seed Nuview Bridge in a Division 7 quarterfinal and Dunn travels to Riverside Prep.

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