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DIVISION II PRELIMS: Sanborn 7, ConVal 0

ConVal bats go silent in loss

Cougars fall 7-0 to Sanborn in 1st round of D-II tournament

  • The ConVal baseball team lost to Sanborn 7-0 in the Division II preliminary round on Thursday, May 30, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team lost to Sanborn 7-0 in the Division II preliminary round on Thursday, May 30, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team lost to Sanborn 7-0 in the Division II preliminary round on Thursday, May 30, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team lost to Sanborn 7-0 in the Division II preliminary round on Thursday, May 30, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team lost to Sanborn 7-0 in the Division II preliminary round on Thursday, May 30, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team lost to Sanborn 7-0 in the Division II preliminary round on Thursday, May 30, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team lost to Sanborn 7-0 in the Division II preliminary round on Thursday, May 30, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team lost to Sanborn 7-0 in the Division II preliminary round on Thursday, May 30, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team lost to Sanborn 7-0 in the Division II preliminary round on Thursday, May 30, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The ConVal baseball team lost to Sanborn 7-0 in the Division II preliminary round on Thursday, May 30, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

Going into Thursday’s Division II playoff opener, the ConVal baseball team was quite familiar with its opponent.

That’s because the Cougars had played Sanborn twice in the final week of the season with each team winning at home.

And ConVal hoped that trend would continue, as the fifth-seeded Cougars looked to advance to the quarterfinal round for the fourth time in five years. But Sanborn had other plans, as they pulled off a 7-0 first-round upset.

The Indians scored one run early and took that lead into the seventh behind a no-hit bid from senior Josh Yaratz.

Up until that point, ConVal junior Ivon Clough had pitched like the dominant starter he had been all year. But in the seventh, nothing went right for the Cougars. Two errors, four hits — two of which that didn’t go more than five feet — and a wild pitch led to six Sanborn runs and what turned out to be an insurmountable deficit.

Clough led off the bottom of the seventh with a double to deep right-center for ConVal’s first hit of the game and then stole third, but couldn’t get home.

It was the first time all year that ConVal had been shut out and the only loss by more than four runs. The Cougars finished the regular season 11-5 and in a tie with Hollis/Brookline for fourth. Since two of ConVal’s losses came against the Cavaliers, ConVal got the fifth seed.

After splitting the first eight games of the season, the Cougars went on to win seven straight before dropping the finale to Sanborn. The Indians went on to defeat Hollis/Brookline 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Saturday to advance to the semifinals.

Of ConVal’s 16 regular season games, 12 were decided by three runs or less.

The Cougars graduate four seniors.

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