First annual alumni football game draws a crowd

The Cardinals held their first annual alumni football game Friday at The Master’s College, and judging by the turnout, the event is going to become a staple for the SCCS community.

A steady crowd of current and former Cardinal students, family and fans gathered on the TMC field for flag football, fellowship and a long table of food and beverages.

Pictures courtesy of Darcy Brown and Megan Pettee.

Huckabone, Ross lead Cardinal baseball to CIF quarterfinals

The SCCS varsity baseball team got a run in the first inning, three in the third, one in the sixth and five more in the seventh to topple Riverside Christian with a 10-1 victory in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VII playoffs Tuesday.

Cardinal junior pitcher Clint Ross surrendered a run in the second inning, but worked his way out of a two-on, one-out jam to keep the Cougars (12-6) from taking lead.

Ross, who improved his record to 8-1 on the season, added a two-run triple in the seventh to help put the game out of reach.

Colton Huckabone provided a spark on offense of SCCS, going 3-for-4 and knocking in three runs. Tommy Curry scored three runs.

With the win, the Cardinals (20-1) moved into the section quarterfinals, where they will host Riverside Prep (20-4-1) at The Master’s College. Friday’s contest will start at 3:15 p.m.

Spring Fever: Powerful Cardinal baseball and softball teams swing into the playoffs

With a combined record of 33-4, the SCCS varsity baseball and softball teams have feasted on the competition in 2014. Even to the casual fan, the numbers are breathtaking.

The Cardinal baseball team compiled a 17-1 regular season record. Along the way, SCCS ran the table in Heritage League, going 9-0 to claim the league crown.  The team recorded 10 shutouts and scored 10 runs or more nine times. The Cardinals’ lone loss came on April 7 – a 1-0 loss to Littlerock.

For their efforts, the Cardinals entered the CIF-Southern Section playoffs as the No. 1 –ranked team in Division VII.

The cast of heroes for the Cardinals has been deep. Freshman left hander Noah Dent has been the team’s surprise ace this season, going 9-0 with an eye-popping earned run average of 0.52, compiling 64 strikeouts in 54 innings and throwing a no-hitter against Faith Baptist on May 8.

Junior Clint Ross has been stellar as well. Also a lefty, Ross has posted a 7-1 record to and a 1.95 ERA.

On offense, the Cardinals have hit .310 as a team this season, led by Tommy Curry (.468 with a team-high 27 runs) Colton Huckabone (.442 with a team-leading 21 RBI’s) Dent (.441, 13 RBI’s) and Caleb Peavy (.410, 14 RBI’s). Ross is batting .326 with 16 RBI’s, Davis Muxlow is hitting .302 with 13 RBI’s and Logan Eagle is hitting .368.

There are just no easy out in the Cardinals’ deep lineup.

The softball team has been just a dominant. The Lady Cardinals went 16-3 in the regular season and went undefeated in league to capture the Heritage League championship.

For this team, offense has been the strength. Six times, they Cardinals scored 20 or more runs and also won games where they scored 19 and 17 runs, respectively.

Junior Aubrey Robinson and senior Kimberly Curry have formed the one-two punch in the heart of SCCS lineup. Robinson leads the team with five home runs and 59 RBI’s while hitting .688 and stealing 44 bases. Curry hit .682 in the regular season with two home runs, 42 RBI’s and 45 stolen bases.

Hailey Aguilar (.500, 30 RBI’s), Lauren Lockart (.600, 20 RBI’s, 34 steals), Shelby Boswell (.560, 24 RBI’s, 44 steals) and Jessica McCarty (.636, 16 RBI’s) have added to the Cardinals explosive attack.

In the circle, Boswell pitched every inning in the regular season, posting a 1.27 ERA with 118 strikeouts in 105 innings.

The Cardinals won their opening-round playoff game, 1-0 against California Military Institute on May 20. It came in dramatic fashion, as Aguilar hit the second of her two doubles in the ninth inning and scored the game’s only run when Lockart singled her in to set off a celebration.

The baseball team earned a first-round bye and will open play in the second round on May 23.

Just how much celebrating will occur between the chalk this spring remains to be seen, but the baseball team is the favorite to win its first CIF title since the 2004, and the Lady Cardinals have shown a flair for the dramatic.

Summer can wait. It’s spring fever at SCCS.