Baseball: Maranatha stymied by errors, miscues in loss


NORTH HOLLYWOOD — Maranatha committed three errors and Dylan Covey was hit hard in the Minutemen’s 9-3 loss to Campbell Hall in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs Friday afternoon. Covey gave up six earned runs and seven hits in the final high school baseball game of his career. Campbell Hall’s Logan Markley connected on a 1-1 pitch in the first inning for a three-run home run to give the Vikings an early 3-0 lead. “That first home run happened early and we failed to put it behind us,” Maranatha’s Danny Beckwith said. “There were a lot of things that didn’t go our way.” Maranatha’s Matt Chavez conncted for a two-run home run in the fifth to pull the Minutemen within 4-2. But the Vikings exploded for four runs in the fifth. A defensive miscue and an error led to those runs. Maranatha coach Brian DeHaan said there was a lack of intensity that’s not expected from a team with seven seniors. “We didn’t come out with the intensity that’s required in playoff baseball,” he said. “We put up two and they answered right back. We made a couple of mistakes, and in playoff baseball it comes down to who executes in key situations.” The difference for Campbell Hall was getting ahead early. “(Covey’s) a future big league pitcher, but I don’t think he was at his best today,” Campbell Hall coach Juan Velazquez said. “When we got ahead we knew he was going to be out of his comfort zone. The important thing was it ended up going our way early.”

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