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Hart Baseball beats Arcadia in semifinals to give coach Jim Ozella one more shot at CIF-SS title – Daily News

NEWHALL – Jim Ozella’s final journey continues.

The Hart baseball team beat Arcadia 7-2 in the Division 2 semifinals on Tuesday to give its head coach one last chance to win a CIF Southern Section title before his 25-year coaching career ends. comes to an end with his retirement.

“I’m not a big attention seeker,” Ozella said. “For me, the best thing about this whole thing is the smiles and excitement of our players. “This is the culmination of working hard and they see it in front of them and they have seen it in front of them for a while now and they see that they are improving.”

Hart (25-5) will play Moorpark (19-10-1) in the Division 2 final on Friday or Saturday at Lake Elsinore Diamond.

It will be the first championship appearance for the program since 2015, when Hart beat Saugus 3-2 in 10 innings in the semifinals to reach the Division 1 final.

“It feels amazing,” pitcher Hart Carson Maymo said. “Especially since last time we came up short and lost it. But I am very confident that with the team we have this year we are going to win.”

Maymo held Arcadia’s bats off the mound for 5 2/3 innings. He allowed three hits, recorded three strikeouts and walked two.

Arcadia (22-8) scored two unearned runs in that period.

“We’re a pretty young team, other than our two pitchers,” Arcadia coach Nick Lemas said. “I think it was a great learning experience for all of us.”

Arcadia’s Jerry Carlos hit a sacrifice fly to left field to drive in Fernando Pancia in the top of the second inning and Keyonn Chatman, who reached first on an error, beat the throw home in the top of the third inning .

Left fielder Ryan Werther, a converted catcher, caught three fly balls for outs in the game.

Jaiden Chathle singled to score Hayden Rhodes in the bottom of the second inning and Hart tied the game 2-2 when Werther’s sacrifice fly allowed Chathle to score.

Hart scored five runs in the fifth inning despite recording only one hit. Taj Brar and Michael Hogan singled, then Zachary Rogozik came on as a pinch runner for Brar. Hart drove the runs across the plate with two batters hit by pitches, a passed ball and two sacrifice flies.

“There was a little frustration from the beginning,” Ozella said. “They intercept us and we swing at a bad pitch. We insist on those little things. Now, suddenly, in the fifth, things started to go the way we wanted. There is a time to hit and this is the time to hit. When you have them on the ropes, go find them.”

Ian Edwards, a submarine-style pitcher, pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief after replacing Maymo.

Ozella confirmed that Troy Cooper, Hart’s ace, will start in the championship game.

Whoever is on the mound, in the field or at bat, Hart is united in his championship motivations.

“I feel honored to play with (Ozella) because he is a legend,” Maymo said. “I want to get him this title because he doesn’t have it. Not only do I want to win for the team, but I want to win for him simply because of everything he has done for me.”

Other scores from Tuesday

San Francisco 3, Ontario Christian 1

Pueblo Cristiano 5, Barra Diamante 2

Moorpark 7, Ayala 5