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Baseball: Seraphs strike late, spoil Sharks' Senior Night

Malibu High School seniors Cade McMillin (left) and Dylan Kretschmar high-five during senior night ceremonials that preceded the team’s Thursday, May 11 game. Photos By Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media
Senior Trevor Simonian (middle) poses with teammates as they hold up Big Heads featuring Simonian.
Cade McMillin heads to first during the Sharks’ May 11 matchup against St. Bonaventure in Malibu.
Malibu High School’s Ben Cohen makes a catch Thursday, May 11, in Malibu.
Coach Billy Ashley (third from left) poses with Malibu seniors (left to right) Justin Truschke, Cade McMillin, Ben Cohen, Trevor Simonian and Dylan Kretschmar.
Hannah Muery, Freelance Reporter
12:01 pm PDT May 16, 2017

Malibu and St. Bonaventure needed extra innings to decide the winner of the regular season finale. 

Unfortunately for the Sharks, the Seraphs spoiled their senior night, capitalizing on a balk to win 3-2 in eight innings Thursday, May 11, in Malibu.   

St. Bonaventure’s Jacob Bravo scored on a balk by Kennesaw Steinberg. Bravo was hit by the pitch, advanced to second on a wild pitch and stole third before crossing home plate for the winning run.

“They were a good team,” Malibu captain Trevor Simonian said. “They’ve always done really well in our league and they had a really good pitcher. It was good to see that, and I thought it was a good experience out of those two games [last week].”

Simonian got Malibu on the board in the bottom of the first, hitting a line drive to centerfield to score Cade McMillin. The Seraphs answered immediately, scoring runs in both the second and third innings to take the lead.

Lars Peterson entered the lineup in the bottom of seventh and hit an RBI double, which tied the game at 2-all and sent the game into extra innings.

The Sharks combined for eight hits to St. Bonaventure’s five. Peterson was 1-for-1 with an RBI. Simonian and Ben Cohen both went 2-for-3. Cohen doubled in the game, while Simonian had a stolen base. McMillin, Dylan Kretchmar and William Tamkin each had a hit. McMillin also scored both Malibu runs.

Justin Truschke started the game for Malibu High. He threw four innings, giving up two runs, three hits and a walk, while striking out four. 

Steinberg tossed two innings, giving up one run and a walk with three strikeouts.

Tyler Ray also tossed two innings for the Sharks. He allowed two hits and struck out two.

“I think it was a good game all around,” Simonian said. “I think we pitched really well, threw strikes; all of our pitchers did really well. … We fielded really well and I thought we played a good all-around game. We could’ve been a little more aggressive with the bats, but we’ve seen a lot of good pitching this year, so I think we’ll do well in the playoffs.”

The Sharks finish the regular season 11-14 overall, 7-5 in the Tri-Valley League. They sit in third place, behind St. Bonaventure and Grace Brethren, which tied for first place with 11-1 league records.  

Malibu will kick off the Southern Section Division 6 playoffs this week. The Sharks will play at Animo Leadership in Inglewood. The game is tentatively scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Friday, May 19.

“I think we need to just continue to do what we’re doing,” Simonian said. “ … We played a really tough schedule this regular season, so I think we’re ready to go to make a run in the playoffs.”

Additional reporting by Assistant Editor Erin Redmond.