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Valencia baseball blanks Canyon

Posted: March 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.
 

Valencia’s Dylan Thomas said he wasn’t feeling well when he woke up on Friday morning.

But the junior pitcher decided early that he was going to fight through it.

That he did.

Thomas allowed just one hit across 6 2/3 scoreless innings to help his Valencia Vikings beat the Canyon Cowboys 2-0 at Canyon High School.

“I feel a lot better now,” Thomas said afterward.

He struck out three and issued three walks in the game, two of which came against back-to-back batters with two outs in the seventh inning.

After that, Thomas was relieved by Jack Cunningham, who recorded the final out of the game. Thomas threw just 70 pitches in the game.

Following an 0-2 start to Foothill League play, the Vikings (6-5 overall, 2-2 in league) are back on track after winning two straight.

“We’re really bonding now. We’re starting to get the bats rolling. We’re starting to get things rolling,” Thomas said of the team, which has played its last three league games under interim head coach Mike Killinger after head coach Jared Snyder took a leave of absence.

Both of Valencia’s runs were unearned on Friday off Canyon starter Jon Dicey.

Dicey pitched all seven innings, struck out five, walked two and gave up six hits in the game.

But despite the strong performance, Canyon (5-6, 1-3) was unable to back him up on the offensive side.

“We didn’t hit the ball like we can,” said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer. “We didn’t look that confident at the plate.”

The Vikings got on the board in the second inning when Kaden Betsch’s groundout brought home Chad Bible from third. Bible led off the inning with a double, which came after a pop-up that was dropped in foul territory.

Valencia’s lead was expanded to 2-0 when Anthony Lepre hit a ground ball that glanced off the glove of a Canyon player and allowed Devin Davis to score.

With Thomas in the game, that was more than enough cushion for the Vikings.

“Winning makes the players much more relaxed, and you can see in their performance and the way they play,” Killinger said of Friday’s game.

Canyon concludes its pre-spring break slate on Wednesday at West Ranch while Valencia resumes league play on April 9 at Golden Valley.

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