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Published: Wednesday, 3/31/2010

Southview tops Clay in season opener

BY STEVE JUNGA
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

The high school baseball season has yet to hit April, but defending league champions Southview and host Clay already staged a meaningful match-up in their season-opener yesterday.

When Southview senior right-hander Kirk Stambaugh left the mound last June, he was finishing off a 7-0 season with a 2-0 shutout of Anthony Wayne, a win that gave the Cougars a Northern Lakes League title.

Stambaugh picked up yesterday right where he left off, blanking the Eagles through five innings as Southview took a 6-1 victory over Clay, the 2009 City League champion.

“It felt good to get out there,” Stambaugh said. “It was a great day. We were both defending champs from our leagues. I'm really excited. I worked hard in the offseason, and so did a lot of the other guys. We were looking forward to it.”



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