GRANADA HILLS - The San Pedro High baseball team went through another grueling war with Kennedy of Granada Hills and just like last year's CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I quarterfinal duel at San Pedro High... they survived.
This heated rematch took a little longer than normal by going ten innings, but the visiting Pirates were able to once again defeat the Golden Cougars, 1-0 in a Southern California Invitational Tournament consolation game. Last year's duel also was won by the Pirates (4-1 overall) by the exact same score that was the last of San Pedro's incredible 19-game winning streak.
Senior pitcher James Dodd went the distance in hurling a five-hit shutout, striking out six and walking none.
In the top of the 10th inning, Dru Chavez led off with a single to left field. After an out, Joseph Stanovich sliced a single to right-center field, and Nico Padovan followed up with another single to right to load the bases. Finally, Richard Samudio hit a sacrifice fly to center field, allowing Chavez to score the game's only run. Dodd would not allow Kennedy (0-4-1) to mount a threat by pitching a perfect bottom of the 10th to secure the win for San Pedro.
The Pirates will next travel to Verdugo Hills of Tujunga for a Polytechnic Tournament game.