Scoring 14 runs will do more than please Flintridge Prep baseball Coach Robert “Buzz” Cook.
That’s what happened when Prep took on Chadwick earlier this week, defeating the Dolphins, 14-8.
The feelings didn’t last, though, as the Rebels only mustered two runs the next day against Golden Valley in a 12-2 nonleague loss.
There’s still a sore spot that’s perplexed Cook throughout much of the first month of the season: deficiencies on defense.
Flintridge Prep (4-4, 2-0 in league) committed only one error Friday, against Chadwick, after making 13 the previous two games against Marshall Fundamental and Webb.
They committed eight in the loss to Golden Valley Saturday.
“The thing I’m most excited about is that we only made that one error,” said Cook on Friday, who estimated that the Rebels have made about 30 errors in the team’s first seven contests. “I’m not worried about our hitting, but [making one error] gave us a chance to win.
“We were much more settled [Friday].”
Flintridge Prep starting pitcher Ben Slyngstad (1-1) and Chadwick starter Charlie Madden (1-2) both struggled on the mound. The teams traded runs at a feverish pace with Flintridge Prep holding on to a 7-6 lead through two innings.
Chadwick (4-4, 2-1) got two runs in the first before the Rebels responded with five in the bottom of the inning.
The Rebels, who didn’t qualify for the playoffs last season after finishing fourth in league, broke the game open in the third.
Senior shortstop Mark Chodas, an all-league pick in football last season after helping the Rebels advance to the postseason, drilled a two-run triple to left on a 1-2 pitch to extend the Rebels’ lead to 9-6. He later scored on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Kyle McDonald.
Chodas said the Rebels, who opened league competition Wednesday with a 10-9 home win against Webb, have excelled with their bats.
“I think we have a more balanced lineup this year,” said Chodas, who finished with two hits and three runs scored in the victory. “There’s no real drop off because we can have a good inning and just keep scoring runs.
“On my triple, I had two strikes and I had to swing at whatever [Madden] threw me. The ball just took off.”
Slyngstad, a sophomore, paced the Rebels with three hits. He scored a pair of runs and reached base safely in all four plate appearances. Center fielder Conor Dubin contributed two hits and one stolen base for Flintridge Prep, which collected 13 hits and scored at least one run in each inning.
The game was called at 6 p.m. because an adult league softball game was scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. The Flintridge Prep-Chadwick game, which was scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m., began late after Chadwick had traffic issues.