Foothill League teams battle, Valencia increases league lead

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In Foothill League action last week, Saugus nearly held their own against West Ranch, a major play gave Valencia the win over Canyon, and Hart pitched their way to victory against Golden Valley.


Saugus vs West Ranch (click for highlights)

The West Ranch Wildcats snuck by Saugus on Friday with a two-run home run by senior Jagger Rusconi, giving the Wildcats a 6-5 victory.

Saugus struggled early on as West Ranch would strike first with an RBI from senior Ryan Beddeo. The Wildcats would score again after a defensive error by Saugus to make it 2-0 at the end of the first inning.

Saugus junior Tyler Grissom would even the score up 2-2 in the second inning with a two-run single.

West Ranch would take back the lead with a single from junior Blake Baumgartner, and West Ranch would close the inning with a 4-2 lead.

Saugus struck back hard in the sixth inning however, with senior Troy Williams getting a two-run single to give the Centurions a 5-4 lead.

Rusconi’s home run would be the difference in the top of the seventh, giving the Wildcats a 6-5 lead, setting up A.J. West for his first save of the season, improving West Ranch to 2-2 on the Foothill League season.

With the loss Saugus falls to 2-2, their second straight loss after going 2-0 to open the Foothill League season.


 

Valencia vs Canyon (click for highlights)

A three-run home run from their pitcher would give Valencia a win over the visiting Cowboys with a score of 10-7.

Taking on the Cowboys with a 2-2 Foothill League record on their home turf, the 4-1 Vikings started off strong in the first inning, with senior Cole Kleszcz hitting a double to bring in junior Scott Ogrin and make it 1-0. Senior Anthony Lepre would later hit a two-run single, and give the Vikings a 3-0 lead. Lepre would then score himself after a catcher interference call on the Cowboys to make it 4-0.

Canyon would be held down until the 5th inning, where senior Blake Leidholdt would hit a 2-run RBI single and reduce Valencia’s lead to only two points. Senior Makana Gnomes and junior Danny Cuevas would then score to tie the game at 4-4 during the fifth inning.

The Cowboys would take the lead for the first time in the sixth inning, with a three-run RBI double from sophomore Daniel Cervantes; making the score 7-4.

Valencia answered right back with a three-run home run from senior pitcher Kevin Chandler to give the Vikings the lead at  8-7. This would lead the way for Valencia to win the game. Junior Trevor Eichman would hit an RBI triple, and senior Jacob Silva would get his own RBI to give Valencia the win at 10-7.


Hart vs Golden Valley

Hart would breeze by Golden Valley in their Foothill League matchup, with senior pitcher Jack Ralston allowing only one run from the Grizzlies, while the Indians managed to score eight times for a final score of 8-1.

The first score of the game wouldn’t come until the fourth inning, where Hart senior Nick Hand would drive an RBI to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.

Hart would have a big fifth inning, scoring four runs to further their lead 5-0. The major play of the inning belonging to junior Robert Reeves, who managed a two-run RBI triple.

Golden Valley would finally strike back in the fifth, with Andrei Carballo’s RBI single to make the score 5-1.

That would be the only time Golden Valley would score for the rest of the game.

Hart on the other hand, would score three more times in the 6th inning. One of them, a solo home run from junior Jake Lewis.
The Indians would go on to win 8-1, and improve their Foothill League record to 3-2, while Golden Valley now maintains a 1-3 Foothill League record.