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Posted: March 27, 2008 3:36 a.m.
Updated: May 28, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Valencia shortstop Christian Lopes starts a double play as West Ranch's C.J. Woldanski slides into second base.

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Valencia pitcher Josh Corrales took the mound in the seventh inning on his home field Wednesday against West Ranch showing no sign of fatigue.

This despite crossing the century mark in pitches the previous inning.

But Corrales mowed down the first two batters he saw in the final inning with strikeouts, before allowing a harmless single, then getting the final out in a masterful performance.

The senior's shutout of West Ranch 4-0 was a major reason that Valencia (7-3, 4-0), surprisingly, remains unbeaten in the Foothill League.

"It's actually pretty cool. Nobody expects us to win," Corrales said. "That's less pressure on us, but who doesn't like a little pressure."

Apropos that Corrales said that because he has been in the fire in this and his last outing.

Corrales worked himself through trouble to hold back Canyon 10-3 March 18.

West Ranch (3-6, 1-3) threatened him in the third and sixth innings Wednesday to no avail.

With the runners in scoring position and one out in the third, he induced a comebacker from West Ranch's big stick Michael Browne.

He then struck out cleanup hitter Jake Bernards looking.

"Nobody's going to score. Throw strikes and make things happen," Corrales said was his mentality in the situation.

In the sixth, he allowed the first two batters to reach base, then struck out C.J. Woldanski swinging on a letter-high fastball. He then picked off Browne from second base.

The right-hander surrendered a double to Allen Sarkissian immediately after and faced a second-and-third jam again.

Corrales next struck out pinch-hitter Charlie Gillies with another letter-high fastball.

He relied heavily on his two- and four-seam fastballs throughout to keep the Wildcats at bay.

His final tally was seven innings, 10 strikeouts, five hits, two walks and one hit by pitch.

"When we see a good arm like Corrales, we struggle to get the big hit when we need it," said West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill.

Burrill received some early help, though, from Sarkissian on the mound.

The sophomore right-hander was able to match Corrales early on and held Valencia scoreless through three innings.

With both teams not giving an inch early, Valencia stole them late.

Sarkissian created his own trouble in the fourth, loading the bases on a hit-batsmen.

He then walked Taylor Dingman to put Valencia up 1-0.

Sarkissian was removed in favor of Trevor Fredrickson.

With the bases still loaded, Valencia head coach Jared Snyder pulled the next batter, Dominic Solley, aside and told him to bunt, knowing the new pitcher would try and get ahead on the count with a good pitch.

Solley dragged a bunt down the first-base side, squeezing in the Vikings' second run.

"We earned everything we got," Snyder said of the Vikings' runs.

Two more came in the fifth, when Fredrickson balked a runner in and Dylan Jones followed with an RBI single.

It dug the Wildcats a deeper hole, which is exactly where they are league going into Friday when West Ranch plays Golden Valley.

"Certainly we are," admitted Burrill. "We need to have a win Friday. Wins will be precious (in league). The good news is, we still have 11 games left."

Valencia plays Hart Friday in a battle of league undefeateds.

 

This despite crossing the century mark in pitches the previous inning.

But Corrales mowed down the first two batters he saw in the final inning with strikeouts, before allowing a harmless single, then getting the final out in a masterful performance.

The senior's shutout of West Ranch 4-0 was a major reason that Valencia (7-3, 4-0), surprisingly, remains unbeaten in the Foothill League.

"It's actually pretty cool. Nobody expects us to win," Corrales said. "That's less pressure on us, but who doesn't like a little pressure."

Apropos that Corrales said that because he has been in the fire in this and his last outing.

Corrales worked himself through trouble to hold back Canyon 10-3 March 18.

West Ranch (3-6, 1-3) threatened him in the third and sixth innings Wednesday to no avail.

With the runners in scoring position and one out in the third, he induced a comebacker from West Ranch's big stick Michael Browne.

He then struck out cleanup hitter Jake Bernards looking.

"Nobody's going to score. Throw strikes and make things happen," Corrales said was his mentality in the situation.

In the sixth, he allowed the first two batters to reach base, then struck out C.J. Woldanski swinging on a letter-high fastball. He then picked off Browne from second base.

The right-hander surrendered a double to Allen Sarkissian immediately after and faced a second-and-third jam again.

Corrales next struck out pinch-hitter Charlie Gillies with another letter-high fastball.

He relied heavily on his two- and four-seam fastballs throughout to keep the Wildcats at bay.

His final tally was seven innings, 10 strikeouts, five hits, two walks and one hit by pitch.

"When we see a good arm like Corrales, we struggle to get the big hit when we need it," said West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill.

Burrill received some early help, though, from Sarkissian on the mound.

The sophomore right-hander was able to match Corrales early on and held Valencia scoreless through three innings.

With both teams not giving an inch early, Valencia stole them late.

Sarkissian created his own trouble in the fourth, loading the bases on a hit-batsmen.

He then walked Taylor Dingman to put Valencia up 1-0.

Sarkissian was removed in favor of Trevor Fredrickson.

With the bases still loaded, Valencia head coach Jared Snyder pulled the next batter, Dominic Solley, aside and told him to bunt, knowing the new pitcher would try and get ahead on the count with a good pitch.

Solley dragged a bunt down the first-base side, squeezing in the Vikings' second run.

"We earned everything we got," Snyder said of the Vikings' runs.

Two more came in the fifth, when Fredrickson balked a runner in and Dylan Jones followed with an RBI single.

It dug the Wildcats a deeper hole, which is exactly where they are league going into Friday when West Ranch plays Golden Valley.

"Certainly we are," admitted Burrill. "We need to have a win Friday. Wins will be precious (in league). The good news is, we still have 11 games left."

Valencia plays Hart Friday in a battle of league undefeateds.

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