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Tuesday, Apr 30 2013 10:56 PM

Hammans' pitching paces Rams to 4-0 win over Stars

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    Dirt flies as North short stop Michael Zuniga blocks a hit ball and still manages to get the throw to first in time for an out against Garces.

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    North left fielder Chase Bewley is helped off the field by teammates Jacob Lucas, left, and Kevin Kizzar after Bewley injured his left ankle goes for the ball in the fourth inning against Garces.

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    Sterling Riley of Garces slides under the tag of North catcher Robert Bennitt to score a Ram run in the third inning.

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    Garces infielder Adam Hartwick looses control of the ball as he tries to throw to first following a North High hit ball in the second inning.

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    Garces outfielder Jack Anspach makes the catch during the Rams game at North on Tuesday.

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    Garces' Vincent Hudiburg breaks up North short stop Michael Zuniga's play at second base during their game at North on Tuesday.

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    North's Jacob Lucas starts toward first base after putting the ball in to play against Garces on Tuesday afternoon.

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    Garces' pitcher Tristan Hammans looks to first from the stretch during the Rams game at North on Tuesday.

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    The Garces bench keeps a close eye on the play during the Rams' game at North on Tuesday.

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    North's C.J. Mcannich looks in to home plate for the signal during the Star's home game against Garces on Tuesday.

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    The Garces bench goes for a job during a break in the action during their game at North on Tuesday.

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    North's Robert Bennitt beaks the pick off throw back to 1st base during the Stars home game against Garces on Tuesday.

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    Garces' Hudson Hartley braces for impact with North's C.J. Mcannich before the throw at home plate during their game at North on Tuesday.

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BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer zewing@bakersfield.com

Anything C.J. McAninch did well for North High -- and there was plenty -- Tristan Hammans did it a little better for Garces.

The Rams beat the host Stars 4-0 on Tuesday to keep control of the Southeast Yosemite League baseball race with a 14-strikeout, two-hit gem from the intimidating Hammans.

"I was hitting all my spots with all my pitches," said Hammans, a 6-foot-7 junior who can touch 88 mph with his fastball. "I got a lot of swings and misses. It's probably around the best game I've ever pitched."

McAninch was almost as good, striking out the side in the first inning and finishing with 11 Ks of a hard-hitting Garces team.

"It was definitely a pitchers' battle," Hammans said. "It was fun."

But North (15-8, 4-3 SEYL) was undone by its miscues. The Stars committed seven errors -- all of the throwing variety -- and surrendered two unearned runs. McAninch also walked six Garces batters, two of whom came around to score.

"I don't care how good they are, you can't do that against anybody," North coach Cy Silver said. "We kind of quit competing after they got that first run. We lost mental toughness."

Garces (19-6, 7-0) broke a scoreless tie in the third inning when Sterling Riley walked with two outs and Jake Sweaney, an Oregon signee and MLB Draft prospect, ripped a double off the wall in left field.

But even that run, Silver noted, could have been prevented. A clean relay throw would have beat Riley to the plate, but it was up the third-base line.

"It's like, OK, you kind of gave them a run," Silver said. "But the kids didn't react the right way. They lost focus."

Garces added two more two-out runs in the fourth, when Hudson Hartley doubled and scored on two wild pitches and Adam Hartwick walked, stole second, came to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error.

"We're a very scrappy team," Garces coach Guy Dees said. "We had to be, because we knew C.J. would keep us off-balance. He really threw a good game, so we started pushing. It was working, so we kept pushing."

The Rams stole another run in the seventh when Sweaney reached on an error, went to second on an errant pickoff throw, stole third and came home on Jake Pavletich's RBI single.

That was more than enough for Hammans, who struck out two batters in every inning but the fifth and allowed only an infield hit in the second and Auzie Ward's double in the fifth.

"He was dealing," Dees said. "Everything he did was working. He pitched ahead, and every pitch he throws was working well."

He's the ace the Rams will need if they're to repeat their Division III section title.

"There's no doubt he can be that guy," Dees said.

"He certainly was today."

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