Toad baseball stars on a roll
in Condor League
by Misty Volaski
No doubt about it, The Thacher School's boys' baseball team
has the upper hand in the Condor League this year. With six wins
and no losses in league, the Toads seem to be invincible. Even
against non-Condor League giants such as Kilpatrick and Oaks
Christian (currently ranked No. 1 in CIF), Thacher held its own.
Last Friday,Thacher played a league game against Ojai Valley
School. OVS is the only team in the last several games that has
actually come close to beating the Toads. Thacher coach Rich
Mazzola called it "just a really great game."
Thacher found themselves behind late in the game, but rallied
in the seventh inning for two runs and the win. "The OVS
bats came alive in the seventh, but we picked it up when we were
up to bat," Mazzola added. Toad Jimmy Madigan scored the
game-winning RBI for Thacher, 4-3.
In another game against Dunn, Thacher's bats connected with
the ball for nine runs on three hits. Thacher's Graham Douds
(4-1) pitched the full seven innings, striking out 12 and giving
up four hits.
Offensively, Richard Smith was perfect, going two for two with
two doubles, three RBIs and one run scored.
Thacher beat Dunn, 9-3.
Thacher's seventh win was one of its easier games, besting Villanova
11-0 in a five-inning game. Villanova, a novice team with several
players new to the sport, was overshadowed by Thacher's error-less
defense, who held the Wildcats to scoreless. Dan Bartlett (1-1)
pitched the no-hitter and had three strikeouts and one walk.
At bat, he went two for three with a triple, double, four RBIs
and a run scored.
"Dan was a force to be reckoned with out there," Mazzola
Other hits came from Lee Shurtleff, who was two for three with
an RBI and two runs scored, while Will Johnson was two for two.
Thacher plays Dunn again tomorrow for what will most likely be
the Thacher Toads' eighth win in a row.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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MADIGAN HURLS A PITCH to an Ojai Valley School batter. Thacher
scored two runs in the seventh inning to beat OVS, 4-3. Thacher
is now 9-3 overall and 8-0 in Condor League play.