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Sharks baseball takes home SoCal Invitational yet again
The Malibu High School baseball team won its third consecutive Southern California Invitational, sweeping the five-game series with a close win on Wednesday, March 12.
The tournament came down to two nail-biters for the boys, on March 8 and March 12, where the team came back from multiple run deficits in the late innings of both games.
During their March 8 game against Hawthorne the Sharks were down 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs when senior standout Chase Lambert delivered a double over the center fielder’s head, driving in two runs to tie up the game.
Ezra Allen then pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Malibu capitalized on their momentum, rallying in the bottom of the seventh inning when second baseman Dylan Ross had a walk-off single to win the game 6-5.
The Sharks faced a similar scene on March 12 against Sierra Canyon. Down 4-1 with two outs in the seventh inning, timely base hits from Kris Keach and Bronson Bard brought the Sharks within one point of a tie.
Nick Anthony knocked in the game winning double in the clutch, giving Malibu its 5-4 victory and the tournament champion title.
“One great marker of this team is that they’re fighters,” head coach Ari Jacobs said. “We’re not going to be up in every game; a championship team is able to face adversity, especially when they’re down by multiple runs.”
Jacobs believes the multiple victories place the team in a highly favorable position, with conference play approaching in April.
“We beat some real quality teams, which gives them confidence moving forward,” Jacobs said. “We got everybody playing their best ball. At this point in the season everyone is already coming together as a team.”
The Sharks will face off in a double-header against cross town rivals and Division 1 school Santa Monica High on the road on Friday, March 21.
“It’ll be good for the guys and give them that play-off type experience of playing tough competitors on the road,” Jacobs said.