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Baseball: Taft advances with 3-2, 15-inning win over Roosevelt

It was a play-in game on Friday for the City Section Division I baseball playoffs. The winner would get the opportunity to face No. 4 Narbonne in Tuesday's opening round. But what a game it was.

Taft and Roosevelt pitchers refused to give in. It lasted 15 innings before Taft prevailed, 3-2. The Toreadors broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the 15th inning on RBI single by Jake Stacy.

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After the game was tied, 2-2, through seven, the pitchers proceeded to throw seven more shutout innings.

Max Mehlbaum finished with three hits for Taft.

Sergio Valenzuela pitched 10 innings for Roosevelt.

Ryan Shreve pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout relief for Taft. Jake Snyder got the win.

Jacob Davies caught all 15 innings for Taft.

"Great pitching," Taft Coach Lee Ellis said. "Great defense."

In another wild card game, Verdugo Hills defeated San Fernando, 9-3, and will play No. 1 El Camino Real on Tuesday. Marco Quintanar threw a complete game, striking out nine. Marco Toscano, Ivan Gonzalez, Grant Mona, Marlon Rizo and Charlie Rocca had two hits apiece.

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