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March 20, 2013No. 16 Archbishop Mitty knocked off No. 2 Junipero Serra in a 2-1 victory on Tuesday. The West Catholic Athletic League matchup showed the parity within the league.
"We performed great," said Archbishop Mitty head coach Bill Hutton. "We didn't back down, played good defense, scraped for a couple runs, and held on at the end. I'm real proud of the way we played."
Mitty capitalized on two Padre errors in the first inning when Brandon Aguilera drove in Kyle Wright for the first run of the game. The Monarchs tacked on another run in the fifth when Wright plated Eduardo Sanchez with a single.
A solo home-run by Fresno State commit Jordan Paroubeck had the Padres within one run in the sixth inning, but Mitty's junior right-hander CJ Romero would only allow one hit the rest of the game. In total, Romero surrendered six hits and the home-run through seven innings to earn the win. He only needed 74 pitches in his outing.
"That's a great performance," Hutton added about Romero. "He's been our best pitcher so far. He worked extremely hard in the offseason, and he's a totally different person than he was last year. In every start he's pitched well, and Serra's a really good team. That's a great confidence boost for our team."
Loyola Marymount commit Matt Gorgolinski was handed the loss for Serra, but had a nice performance of his own. He gave up only four hits and one earned run through his six innings in addition to five strike outs.
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Padres, including their previously unbeaten 3-0 mark in WCAL play. They fall to 9-2 overall and will face No. 1 St. Francis on Friday.
Mitty picked up a key win to improve to 2-2 in league play in addition to an 8-3 overall mark. The Monarchs will play Wilson from Oregon today before facing Bellarmine on Friday.
"It's kind of cliche to say that our league is tough, that's kind of a go to cliche in all sports," Hutton finished. "But this season in baseball, there's more talent on the hill than I can remember. Any win in our league is huge because the competition is so good. The fact that it was against Serra is special because they're really good and they've always been really good."