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LA North and LA South: Chaminade 13, Palos Verdes 5

May, 19, 2011
5/19/11
8:28
PM PT
WEST HILLS -- The secret has been out for quite some time now.

The strength of the West Hills Chaminade baseball program is its formidable pitching staff, which boasts three prospects expected to make an immediate impact once they reach the next level.

Odds are, if the Eagles started to hit the ball a bit better, they would be particularly tough to defeat in the Southern Section playoffs.

Such was the case Thursday afternoon as seemingly everything came together for Chaminade. The offense scored runs in bunches against Palos Verdes, and aside from one uncharacteristic inning, the pitchers delivered another above-average performance as the host Eagles prevailed, 13-5, in a first-round game in Division II.

“We're a confident group, but we don't expect to walk through many teams, not in the playoffs,'' Eagles coach Frank Mutz said. “Our pitching is going to carry us, and if we do the little things, especially when we're up at the plate, I like our chances to make a run.''

Scoring five times in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by a grand slam from Dylan Delaney, got things started in the right direction for Chaminade (19-7).

Turns out the ace of the staff, Mathew Troupe, did not need any more run support. The 6-foot-3 right-hander, a senior committed to Arizona, did a good job of keeping opposing batters off-balance the rest of the way and the Sea Kings (20-12) never recovered.

“We came into this game with a lot of confidence, and once we got the early lead, there was no turning back for us, we were not going to lose to them at home,'' said Troupe, who helped out his own cause when he hit a grand slam to help cap a five-run fourth inning.

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