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- 2002 3A State Champions -

How The Reds Won It

Regional Semifinals

Eaton 1, Middle Park 0

1st Inning: Griffith retires the side in order, then Garretson singles, Ginther and Trujillo both draw full-count walks, and Tateyama knocks in Garretson before the inning later ends on a double play, Reds lead 1-0

2nd Inning: Griffith needs only 7 pitches to retire the side in order, the Reds then go down in order as well, Reds lead 1-0

3rd Inning: After a strikeout, Griffith allows a single but then induces a groundout and a strikeout to strand the runner at 2nd base, the Reds then go down in order, Reds lead 1-0

4th Inning: Griffith strikes out 3 batters in the inning to leave a runner at first after a single, Tateyama singles and Kelly reaches on a fielder's choice but then is thrown out trying to reach third base following a Middle Park error to end the inning, Reds lead 1-0

5th Inning: Griffith records two outs on just two pitches, then after a hit by pitch, strikes out the final batter of the inning, the Reds strand Garretson at first after a two-out walk, Reds lead 1-0

6th Inning: Griffith gets the leadoff out by covering first on a ball that second baseman Noblitt gets to, then after a strikeout bounced away from Ginther to allow the batter to reach, Griffith induced a groundout and a 3-pitch strikeout to end the threat, the Reds then went down in order, Reds lead 1-0

7th Inning: Griffith induces a groundout to third baseman Swain for the first out, then records a strikeout, and then a groundout to shortstop Trujillo to end the game, Reds win 1-0

Game Highlights: Griffith was great, and needed to be, after the seeding committee sent one of the State's top pitchers to face the Reds in the first-round game, the Reds didn't manufacture much offense, but did what they needed to with the first 4 batters of the game and played great defense to make the slim 1-0 lead hold up as Griffith rarely got into any trouble at all facing just 4 batters over the minimum and only allowing two of them to reach second base and no runners to ever reach third base

Regional Championship:

Eaton 11, University 6

1st Inning: Garretson singles and Ginther reaches on a fielder's choice before Trujillo, Tateyama, and Kelly single and Swain drives in a run to give the Reds an early 2-0 lead, Dominguez then enters the game in relief after the first four batters reach base, and after allowing a single, goes on to retire the next three batters via a strikeout and two groundouts to first base to limit the damage, Reds trail 2-5

2nd Inning: Krause draws a walk, Garretson and Ginther single and Trujillo hits a sacrifice fly to knock in a run before Tateyama hits a ball that scores Garretson but gets Ginther thrown out at the plate trying to tie the game, Dominguez gets the first out, then allows two singles that give University another run, but then needs only 5 pitches to record the final two out to end the inning, Reds trail 4-6

3rd Inning: With one out, Swain singles, Maulsby singles, Krause reaches on a fielder's choice, Noblitt walks, Garretson reaches base Barrios walks, and Trujillo hits a 3-run triple to give the Reds the lead, Dominguez then retires the side in order, Reds lead 9-6

4th Inning: Maulsby hits a two-out single, Krause and Noblitt walk and Garretson delivers a 2-RBI single, Dominguez then gets two quick outs, hits a batter and ends the inning on a groundout to third baseman Swain, Reds lead 11-6

5th Inning: Tateyama singles but is left at first base, after allowing a leadoff single, Dominguez induces a flyout, strikeout, and groundout to end the inning, Reds lead 11-6

6th Inning: Krause singles but is forced out on a fielder's choice, Dominguez records a strikeout, then allows a single, but induces an inning-ending double play turned by Trujillo and Noblitt, Reds lead 11-6

7th Inning: Trujillo doubles but is stranded at second base, Dominguez allows a single but then induces a flyout to rightfielder Tateyama, grabs a comebacker for the second out, and then strikes out the final batter of the game, Reds win 11-6

Game Highlights: Dominguez entered the game in a tough spot in the 1st inning, but limited the damage and then scattered just a handful of hits and only one run the rest of the way to allow the Reds to mount a comeback led by Trujillo's 3-run triple and Garretson's 2-run single, turning a big deficit after one inning into an easy win only two innings later; the Reds though lost top hitter, and catcher, Ginther on a play at the plate that broke his forearm and ended his season

The Amazing Upset

In Rare Underdog Role, Reds Win 12-0

Game Winning Pitcher:

Lee Griffith

Last Out:

Flyout to Centerfield

2002 Varsity Season Schedule