Mike Teich pitched a two-hitter and struck out six to lead El Camino Real High to an 8-0 victory over Birmingham in a City Section 4-A playoff game Wednesday at Birmingham.
At least that's how it looks in the box score, which doesn't show the manner in which the hefty left-hander, who walked five, shut down Birmingham.
"I've seen a hundred left-handers like that," Birmingham Coach Wayne Sink said of Teich. "They walk men, throw a lot of pitches and then get the batters out and after the game you ask, 'How did they do it?' We played seven innings and did nothing. He was not overpowering and had no curveball. The only thing that hurt us was an occasional change-up."
Teich's effort helped El Camino (12-7) advance to a second-round playoff game Friday against Poly, a 19-6 winner Wednesday over Narbonne.
"I was pretty uncomfortable for the first three innings," Teich said. "I guess I was trying to do too much and not let the defense do the work. This is my last season and I want to do well to make it to Dodger Stadium. I really put a lot of pressure on myself."
The only hits Teich (6-1) surrendered were two singles by Tim Beagle--a pop fly that dropped into center field in the second and a line drive to the right of shortstop Ray Sabado in the sixth.
"It seemed the count was always 2-0 or 3-0," Sink said. "He came in with pitches when he had to. When we hit the ball, their kids made great plays."
As examples, El Camino third baseman Bryce Welch bare-handed a bunt to record an out in the fifth and left fielder Carl McFadden made a tumbling grab of Ernie Perez's sinking line drive in the sixth.
For Birmingham (11-9), pitcher Alan Sedacca maintained a fluid motion with decidedly different results than Teich. Sedacca (3-6) allowed eight runs, nine hits, walked four, hit two batters and allowed El Camino to score with two outs in four different innings.
In the first inning, El Camino designated-hitter Denny Vigo hit a two-out double off the center-field fence to score Rob Bumgarner and Welch for a 2-0 lead.
With one out and the bases loaded in the second inning, El Camino added a pair of runs when shortstop Perez threw away the relay on an attempted double play.
In the fourth inning, El Camino stretched its lead to 6-0 when Vigo hit a two-run single with two outs.
"Both my hits were on curve balls. He tried to jam me a couple times and then came back with the curve," Viga said of Sedacca. "I guess they have a scouting report that says I can't hit the curveball."