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Clearview 5, Lutheran West 3
By Mark Fenske  | staff
Monday, April 12, 2010

CLEARVIEW --  Lutheran West’s dominance over Clearview ended last night with a 5-3 loss to the Clippers.  LW had not lost to Clearview since the inception of the PAC-10 in 2005-06 school year defeating them the last ten times that the teams faced including three of the last four years in the OHSAA tournament.  Last night’s game resembled many of the LW/Clearview games of the past—a tight low scoring affair with the majority of runs scoring due to walks, hit batsmen, wild pitches, and errors.  Last night’s game had one major difference, however.  Clearview came out on top.

Senior Billy Valletto (L, 0-3) started for the Longhorns and coasted through the first four innings, facing only four batters in each inning and allowing no runs on three hits and only one free pass.  Meanwhile LW pushed two runs across in the third without benefit of a hit and another one in the fifth with only a bunt single.  LW had plenty of opportunities to blow the game open, but managed only 1 bunt single in 11 at bats with runners in scoring position during the first 5 innings.

Clearview, on the other hand, took advantage of the only opportunity that they were given.  Down 3-0, Clearview started the fifth with two straight singles from their eight and nine hitters.   Leadoff hitter Colin Watson was then hit by the pitch on a full count to load the bases.  After a strikeout, Ian Mezlak pounded the first pitch to right center for a bases clearing double.  Valletto, now faltering, hit Angel Fletcha, walked Rick Presutto, and gave up a single to left to Eric Thompson to break the game open and score Mezlak and Fletcha and put Clearview ahead for good 5-3.
Wed 3/31/10
L, 6-2
Thu 4/1/10
W, 12-2
Tue 4/6/10
W, 9-8
Wed 4/7/10
W, 12-2
Thu 4/8/10
L, 7-0
Sat 4/10/10
L, 7-6
Sat 4/10/10
W, 12-1
Mon 4/12/10
L, 5-3
Tue 4/13/10
W, 14-0
Wed 4/14/10
W, 19-10
Mon 4/19/10
L, 10-6

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