Georgen, Apaches Blank La Salle

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Apache hurler Austin Georgen

By Tim Peterson
March 20, 2013 • 408 views

Stengel Field, Glendale

Austin Georgen threw a three hit, complete game shutout and Arcadia got all the runs it needed in the first two innings in a 4-0 whitewash of La Salle Saturday at the Babe Herman Tournament.

Georgen struck out seven, and did not walk a batter while going the distance. The only hits off of the senior were a bunt single in the first, and infield single in the fifth and a double in the seventh. But each time Georgen threw the pitches he needed to get out of trouble. The Lancers had runners at second and third in both the first and sixth innings but came away empty.

“He did a really good job today. In a game that we really needed somebody to step up and give us a quality start he did that,” said Arcadia Coach Nick Lemas. “He did a good job throwing his breaking ball and locating his fastball.”

The Apaches, who have scored just one run in their last two games, got an early jump on La Salle. In the first ininng, Georgen helped himself with a base hit to left field and Brandon Kim came in to run for him. Kim then moved around to score on a wild pitch after Fernando Rosales and Jason Bunch walked.

The one run was all Georgen needed, but the Apaches added a little gravy with three more in the second. Brendan Toy drew a walk and Michael Luna beat out an infield hit. David Dominguez laid down a textbook bunt to load the bases. Georgen was plunked by a pitch to force in one run and with two out Rosales hit a shot into left field for a two run single.

That was it offensively but with Georgen in control not much else was needed.

“It would have been nice to score some more but we were able to get those runs. Fernando hit the ball hard all day and he got that two out hit to give us a four run lead,” Lemas said. “They made a couple of plays and had some guys in the right spot so luckily we were able to get that cushion.”

The Lancers threatened to tie or take the lead in the first when P.J. Siberell bunted for a hit and Vincent Alberico was hit by a pitch. But with runners in scoring position Georgen fanned the next two batters.

La Salle had runners on second and third with one out in the sixth but Georgen again rose to the occasion inducing two groundballs to escape without any damage.

“He does a great job of keeping guys off balance and he’s got a funky delivery. He did really well. I’m proud of him,” Lemas added of Georgen.

The Apaches had five hits overall but they were able to parlay it into four runs.

Jordan Rodgers worked the first five innings for La Salle before giving way to Nick Brown who workd the last two.

Arcadia improved to 4-2 on the season and will face Yucaipa Monday night. La Salle droped to 5-2.

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