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Alemany baseball falls to Ayala in gritty CIF quarterfinal

Alemany pitcher Blaine Traxel #13 during their CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinals baseball game at Alemany High School in Mission Hills, Friday May 25, 2018. Ayala defeated Alemany 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Alemany pitcher Blaine Traxel #13 during their CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinals baseball game at Alemany High School in Mission Hills, Friday May 25, 2018. Ayala defeated Alemany 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

MISSION HILLS – As the sun began to dive behind the mountains of Mission Hills in the early evening of the Alemany baseball’s CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinal game against Ayala on Friday, senior Blaine Traxel had one last at-bat to send the Warriors into more program history.

“Traxel is a bulldog,” Alemany coach Randy Thompson said. “I knew one thing for sure, he was going to put the ball in play.”

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Traxel hit a hard ground ball to third base with two outs and two runners on, but the final out came as the CSUN-commit couldn’t beat out the throw, as the Warriors fell to Ayala in a gritty 1-0 loss.

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