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Centurions take early league lead

Posted: March 26, 2009 1:39 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Zachary Vincej (3) of Saugus, backed up by Brett Piper throws to first base for the out against West Ranch on Wednesday.

 
Saugus laid its claim to first place of the Foothill League with a dominating 15-3 win at home over West Ranch Wednesday.

The Centurions (4-3, 2-0) played error free baseball, while the Wildcats (5-2, 1-1) were plagued by four errors.

“There wasn’t much that they did wrong, and there wasn’t a whole lot that we did right,” said West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill. “I think we maybe got caught up with the fact that we were showing up in some polls so we’re just going to have to take this as a way to improve and realize what we need to do.”

Darren Schweitzer started the game for the Centurions, and Tommy Kister came on in relief for the win.

Stefan Cordes homered and doubled, while Hunter Hernandez broke the game open with a three-run double in the third.

“This was another team effort for us,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora.

Vikes rallies past Canyon

For five and a half innings Canyon looked like it was on its way to its first win of the Foothill League season, but Valencia shortstop Christian Lopes had another idea.

The Cowboys entered the bottom of the sixth up 4-2 but Valencia pushed a pair of runs across in the frame before Lopes connected for a grand slam to give the Vikings a four run lead en route to a 10-4 home win.

“We’re a young team so it is big for us to show that we can find a way to come back,” said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder. “We did a good job of rallying tonight, but we can’t always rely on getting a big inning like the one we had.”

Tyler Anderson earned the win for Valencia (4-3, 1-1), while Donnie Young got the loss for Canyon (1-8, 0-2).

kdamore@the-signal.com

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