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Foothill baseball playing field starts to even

With Hart loss, every Foothill team has at least one loss in first third of league play

Posted: April 2, 2014 10:21 p.m.
Updated: April 2, 2014 10:21 p.m.

Saugus shortstop Brendan Griffith takes a throw at second base as Hart's Pearson Good slides in on Wednesday at Saugus High School.

It won’t be a runaway.

Saugus Centurions baseball, again relying on pitching, defeated the Hart Indians 6-1 on Wednesday at Saugus High School.

Now every team in the Foothill League has at least one loss.

Saugus starting pitcher Eric Little took a shutout into the top of the seventh inning, losing it on a solo home run to Hart catcher Cody Miller.

Little ended up going the distance, pitching a complete-game, allowing five hits and no walks, while striking out 11.

“I think today there was a purpose,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora of Little. “He really locked in from the get-go with a lot of poise and confidence and was just pounding the strike zone.”

Saugus scored four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth.

The Indians (10-1-1 overall, 4-1 Foothill League) put themselves in a bad situation with an error to lead off the  fifth inning.

After a Rex Kemple double, Hart turned to reliever Paul Richan, who hit the first batter he saw, then he walked in the first run of the game.

Caden Salkeld got the big hit in the inning with a two-RBI double.

“Salkeld’s hit was huge,” Maggiora said. “We haven’t had that (kind of big hit in league play).”

Saugus (9-4, 3-2) scored five runs in its previous four league games.

Hart dug itself in another hole in the sixth with back-to-back walks to leadoff the inning. A two-base error by Nick Valaika brought in the Centurions’ runs that inning.

West Ranch 8, Canyon 0
Last year’s co-Foothill League champions are going in different directions.

West Ranch cemented that fact on Wednesday with an 8-0 win over Canyon at West Ranch High.

The Wildcats, by way of a Hart loss, are now tied for first place in the Foothill one-third of the way through the season. Canyon is now 1-4 in league and 5-7 overall.

“Obviously you’re seeing it’s going to be packed,” said West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill. “It’s really tight, and

I think it will come down to the last week. Every win is precious. Any chance you have to get a win, you have to grab it.”

West Ranch (9-3, 4-1) broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning and starting pitcher Christy Frierson passed the baton to A.J. West to shut the Cowboys down through the final four innings.

Frierson went the first three innings and allowed just one hit, and West went the final four, allowing just one hit.

Canyon loaded the bases in the third inning on Frierson with two outs, but he got Canyon starting pitcher Blake

Leidholdt to ground into a force out to end the inning.

Leidholdt kept Canyon in the game for the first four innings until the bottom caved in in the fifth.

West Ranch’s Jason Drees dropped down a squeeze bunt scoring Jake Spurlin, and Leidholdt threw the ball away at first allowing Jagger Rusconi to score.

Cade Spurlin later knocked in two runs on a double.

Drees, who was 2-for-3 in the game with two RBIs, knocked in a run in the sixth. Parker Bacon was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.


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