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Bouncing back

Valencia rebounds from loss with big win over Hart

Posted: April 4, 2009 1:48 a.m.
Updated: April 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
A bounceback effort against Hart resulted in a bounceback game for Valencia.

The Indians jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second, but Valencia starter David Hausman settled down and let the offense take care of the rest as the Vikings downed Hart 10-4 Friday afternoon at Valencia High School.

Just two days before, Valencia (6-4, 3-2) had struggled in a loss at West Ranch, and head coach Jared Snyder wanted to see more mental toughness from his team.

Against Hart, he got it.

“You can’t say enough about mental toughness, and we’ve lacked that in our losses,” Snyder said. “David Hausman was just great for us, a sophomore stepping up like that. He’s been our horse all year. He’s been giving us quality innings and he knew what he had to do today.”

Hausman went 5 1/3 innings to pick up the win and limited Hart’s offensive production.

In the meantime, there was no stopping Valencia.

After the first run crossed home in the bottom of the second, Shane Zeile hit a two-run single to tie the game and wound up scoring on a wild pitch.

Hart (6-5-1, 3-2) didn’t help itself by failing to record outs when it had the chance.

“You cannot give teams more than three outs in an inning,” said Hart head coach Jim Ozella. “A bunt here, we don’t get an out. A ground ball here, we don’t get an out. You can’t extend your pitching that much and expect them to always bail you out of it.”

Hart’s Adam Bouyer hit a three-run home run in the top of the second to give the Indians (6-5-1, 3-2) the lead, and he tied the game in the top of the fourth by singling and scoring on a sacrifice fly by Patrick Valaika.

In the bottom of the fifth, however, the Valencia bats went back to work.

Dylan Jones hit a grounder to first with the bases loaded, and two runs scored on an error.

Jones later scored on a walk to extend the Viking lead to 7-4.

Jones followed with a three-run homer in the sixth to cap the scoring.

“We kind of had a rough last game,” Jones said. “We just wanted to get guys on base, get them over and get them in. We wanted to make our plays, routine outs.”

Jones finished 2-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs, while Alex Bishop went 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI. Kyle Eaton went 2-for-4 and pitched in relief.

Bouyer went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs, and Spenser Souza was 2-for-3 as well. Trevor Brown took the loss on the mound for Hart.

“If we pitch well, we’re going to be tough,” Snyder said. “Our problem is when we don’t adjust to a pitcher throughout a game, and I thought our kids did a great job of adjusting today to the offspeed and sitting back and doing what they were supposed to do.”

jgulino@the-signal.com

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