Jack Hartman, the senior pitcher with the movie star name, and Reno Rankin, the senior outfielder with the famous uncle, combined to help Reseda Cleveland defeat Chatsworth, 1-0, on Tuesday in a game for first place in the West Valley League.
Hartman (9-1), one of the top pitchers in the City Section, struck out nine, walked four and gave up five hits in a complete-game effort. He had a single in the first inning that drove in Rankin from second base. Rankin's uncle is actor Jamie Foxx, who would have been screaming in excitement, because Cleveland is 18-7 and 5-0 in the league. Chatsworth dropped to 17-8 and 4-1.
Most notable, it was the second time in his career that Hartman has beaten Chatsworth, a feat that has happened rarely since Tom Meusborn took over as Chatsworth coach in 1990 and won eight City titles. Hartman also beat the Chancellors last season, 3-2.
Hartman escaped several tough situations with careful pitching. Chatsworth had the bases loaded and none out in the fifth inning, but Hartman got a double play and a pop out. He struck out freshman Josh Garcia with the tying run on second base in the sixth inning.