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Valencia baseball all business in win

Posted: March 11, 2014 10:29 p.m.
Updated: March 11, 2014 10:29 p.m.

Valencia pitcher Kevin Chandler throws against Camarillio High at Valencia on Tuesday.

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There wasn’t anything incredibly special about Valencia’s 4-0 win over visiting Camarillo High on Tuesday as part of the Southern California Showdown.

Just solid all-around baseball.

Junior Kevin Chandler struck out four in a complete-game shutout, Chad Bible went 3-for-4 with a run and a RBI and Devin Davis scored twice for the Vikings at Valencia High.

“We played excellent today,” said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder. “We played catch, we pitched great, we executed our at-bats. That’s a very good baseball team we beat right there. They’re very fundamentally sound. To be able to scratch a run out in four innings is big against a team like that.”

The Vikings (3-1) started early in the first inning when Davis earned a four-pitch walk and was moved into scoring position on a Bible single. Three pitches later, Valencia had a 1-0 lead after junior catcher Anthony Lepre singled to bring in Davis.

Davis scored his second run on a solo home run in the third inning to push the Viking lead to 2-0.

The only pressure the Scorpions (2-2) got on Chandler came in the fourth inning. He walked leadoff hitter Andy Morales and, after forcing Tyler Waid to fly out to left, walked two more to load the bases. But Chandler worked his way out of the jam by forcing Alfonso Aguilera to fly out to shortstop Keston Hiura and Frankie Tostado to ground out to first and avoided any further damage.

“My catcher is pretty good at reminding me when my mechanics are starting to slip,” said Chandler. “It was a team effort today. We had good defense all the way around and good offensive execution.”

Despite their lack of offensive production, Camarillo head coach John Gonzalez was happy with how his team competed.

“Their pitcher did a really good job of keeping us off balance,” he said. “But I think our starting pitcher Steven Suarez did a great job too. He competed well. Valencia is a very good team. If we catch a few balls in some spots and had a few more walks, it could have been a different game.”

Bible helped produce the Vikings’ final two runs when he came in on a double from Lepre in the fifth and brought in Chris McCready with an RBI single in the sixth.

Valencia will host their final game of the Southern California Showdown on Thursday against Thousand Oaks High at 3:30 p.m.

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