Arcadia (2-1) at San Dimas (3-0), 6:45 p.m.
The game seemingly in hand, Arcadia baseball coach Nick Lemas made the decision to give a few of his pitchers a chance to show their stuff.
It’s an instinct most coaches follow, but one that nearly came back to bite the Apaches, whose four-run lead and chance of a shutout dissipated in the bottom of the sixth inning against Temple City in Tuesday’s semifinals of the Elks Tournament.
“It’s a tough decision sometimes because you have the natural instinct to want to finish a team,” Lemas said. “On the other side, it’s early in the year and you want to see what other guys can do, and it can end up costing you the game.”
Junior pitcher Erik Trask pitched five scoreless innings, gave up one hit and struck out seven before giving way to relievers Trevor Gleason, Nick Sergi and Darren Kerfoot, who closed the game to give the Apaches (2-1) a 4-3 win.
“You try to make good decisions,” Lemas said. “We were lucky we were able to get a couple pitchers, see what they could do in certain situations and still come away with the win.”
As a result, Arcadia moves on to the tournament final against host San Dimas (3-0) tonight at 6:30.