PREP BASEBALL

Clark outlasts 'Stangs in opener

2011-03-29T22:00:00Z 2011-03-29T22:10:33Z Clark outlasts 'Stangs in openerBy David P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 29, 2011 10:00 pm  • 

MUNSTER | Enrique Zamora made it tough for Munster to score runs in Clark's 6-4 win over the Mustangs Tuesday.

"I came out here and did what I had to do," the Clark pitcher said. "But my team gave me a lot of help. It wasn't based on a lot of strikeouts, it was based on them getting the outs for me."

Whatever it was based on, Zamora got himself out of a couple of big jams.

Munster threatened in the second inning of the season opener, loading the bases with two outs. But Zamora stuck out Ethan Flahaven looking to get out of the jam.

The next inning, with two men on and one out, Zamora got the Mustangs' big bats -- Jim Hinkleman and Mark Strbjak -- to pop out consecutively.

"That's what we expect out of (Zamora)," Pioneers coach Chris Moore said. "He's a big kid and he's working hard."

Munster made its own defensive magic, when Flahaven made a diving stop at third base with one out and two men on in the top of the third.

The Pioneers (1-0) broke through in the top of the fourth when Chris Miller's ground ball was misplayed and Joe Romero scored from third. Clark added four runs in the inning, including a pair on Quiroz's single into left field.

Clark added two more runs in the fifth.

Zamora reached his pitch limit in the fifth inning, but was left in the ball game to start the sixth.

"He wouldn't let me take him out," Moore said.

The first two hitters grounded out, but after Zamora gave up a walk and an RBI double to Scott Jerge, the pitcher was pulled.

The Mustangs tried to rally in the seventh, scoring three quick runs on three hits and a walk.

"That's one of the things I wanted to see about this club," Munster coach Bob Shinkan said. "We have a lot of heart and we just need some experience."

When Jerge popped out to center as the tying run, Clark held on for the victory.

"It's nice to get that first win under your belt," Moore said. "Especially against Munster. They're a tough team."

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