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Indians come up short in 1st round defeat
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STOCKTON – Caleb Rogers laced up his cleats and went to work Thursday during the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V baseball tournament under near triple-digit temperatures.

The heat didn’t seem to slow down Rogers, who pitched a complete game and only gave up one earned run during a 2-0 loss to Matthew Huss and Argonaut, which ended the Indians’ season at Billy Hebert Field.

Huss (eight strikeouts, two walks) also went the distance and had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning when Michael Ysit of Ripon (14-10-1) broke it up with a bunt single.

“That’s the second time we’ve played them and they’re solid,” Argonaut head coach Tim Finch said. “Caleb pitched a great game. (Ripon) is a solid team all the way through, they just ran into buzz saw today.”

Finch was referring to his Delta College-bound pitcher Huss, who has been a varsity starter for four years and put his experience on display for Argonaut (18-7).

Huss allowed Josh Clark to get on in the first inning after drilling him with a pitch. Clark stole second and third base before getting stranded and not able to cross the dish for the early advantage.

Argonaut scored its first run unearned in the top of the second when Miles Tomzak scored on Ryan Halvorson’s RBI that was ruled an error.

The Mustangs of Jackson went ahead 2-0 in the top of four when Tomzak scored the game’s second run on an RBI single via Nick Adam. Rogers gave up eight hits against Argonaut and retired its side in three of seven innings.

“Great playoff baseball,” Ripon head coach Jon Manrique said. “We were on the short end today, but we played great ball. We played good defense and (Rogers) threw a gem. At the end of the day, (Huss) was better and they got a couple of key hits. That was the difference.”

Nick Price got on base for Ripon in the second inning for a second straight inning. Huss picked him off at first for the out. Huss made five infield outs by his lonesome and then got it to first. He was keeping the ball low and hitting his locations all game long.

“He can bring it,” Manrique added. “His velocity was hot and our boys had a tough time catching him.”

In the third inning, with a 1-0 lead in intact, Huss retired the Ripon side. After walking his first batter after four balls in the fourth inning, he retired the next three batters consecutively and then struck out the next three in the fifth frame.

Ysit broke up Huss’s no-hit bid to start off the sixth, but then Huss picked him off at first as he got caught at second for the out. There was also a controversial interference call that was not made by the officials on the play when Ysit attempted to get to second.

Rogers knocked a single after for Ripon’s second sixth-inning hit. Huss retired the Ripon side in the seventh inning for a third time and faced only four batters in the other four innings.

Argonaut will advance to the best-of-three semifinal series against the winner of Capital Christian of Sacramento and Calaveras Thursday.