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Valencia at top form in sweeping Day 2 of showcase

Posted: July 20, 2013 8:23 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2013 8:23 p.m.

Valencia's Keston Hiura watches a home run leave the park against Bellarmine in the third inning at Valencia High School.

 

It’s hard to say the inaugural California Classic is a tournament, because a winner isn’t declared at the end.

The Classic is however, an opportunity for teams to play against playoff-caliber competition and for players to showcase their skills for college scouts.

The Valencia Vikings certainly showcased their offense on Saturday afternoon, defeating Bellarmine High from San Jose 17-4 in game three of the California Classic at Valencia High School.

That came on the heels of a morning 8-1 win over Elk Grove.

“I think the Classic is good for all the players because we are getting a lot of colleges at the games,” said Valencia assistant coach Mike Bible.

Valencia’s Chad Bible — Mike Bible’s son — and Keston Hiura gave any college scouts in attendance something special to watch.

Bible went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Hiura reached base in each of the first five innings, highlighted by a two-run home run in the third.

“I was trying to stay on top of the ball. They elevated the pitches and we capitalized,” Hiura said.

The Vikings also capitalized on a number of Bellarmine mistakes; namely four walks, two passed balls, a wild pitch, a throwing error and a balk.

Five of the first six Viking batters reached base safely in the first inning leading to three runs. They then scored two in the second, three in the third, three in the fourth, five in the fifth and a run in the sixth.

“We don’t have all our guys with us right now and we’re a little short on arms,” said Bellarmine head coach Brian Vieira, who threw only two pitchers against the Vikings.

Valencia’s 18 hits — of which second baseman Scott Ogrin had four — might be a sign of things to come this spring for the Vikings.

“We can mash the ball. We’re not concerned about much hitting wise,” said Hiura about the strengths of the team.

Much like in game three, the Vikings didn’t have much to be concerned against Elk Grove.

And while most of the focus was on Valencia’s bats, its starting pitcher for that game, junior-to-be Dylan Thomas, allowed two runs in four innings, continuing a pattern of progress for Valencia pitching.

“I think we’re learning how to pitch. We have a lot of young guys on the hill,” Mike Bible said.

The Vikings will play Clovis West in their final game of the Classic — today at 10 a.m., at Valencia High — with a chance to finish the tournament undefeated. And while they wouldn’t be declared the Classic’s winner, Mike Bible isn’t disappointed.

“It’s a win-win for everybody. Everybody is getting looked at (by colleges) … And guys are getting picked up because of this stuff,” he said.

Notes: The tournament’s other scores were as follows:Alemany 13, De La Salle 3; Harvard-Westlake 4, Buchanan 3; Alemany 3, Buchanan 2; Archbishop Mitty 14, Simi Valley 8; Clovis West 8, Simi Valley 6.

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