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Saugus baseball capitalizes on errors

Posted: April 18, 2014 10:18 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2014 10:18 p.m.

Saugus' Rex Kemple, right, scores a run past Golden Valley catcher Jordan Garrett during Friday's game at Golden Valley High School.

 

There are no secrets between teams after playing each other three times in a season.

For the Saugus baseball team on Friday, the challenge was finding a way to beat a Golden Valley team it had already beaten twice before.

But thanks to some costly mental and physical errors by the Grizzlies, Saugus was able to sweep its season series against Golden Valley with a 6-2 win on the Grizzlies’ home diamond.

“I told the guys after the game that any time you play a team three times that third game is always going to be a grind,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora. “No matter what you’ve done against them, you’re going to have to grind it out. And that’s what today was. Wasn’t the prettiest thing in the world but we got the job done.”

Saugus (11-5 overall, 5-2 Foothill League) took the lead in the third inning when, with Troy Williams on first and Rex Kemple on third, Golden Valley pitcher John Mark Niednagel attempted a pickoff move and caught Williams leaning toward second. As Williams occupied the Golden Valley infield, Kemple came home for the Centurions’ first run.

Williams made it to second safely and later came home on a RBI single by Anthony Donatella, giving Saugus a 2-0 lead.

Golden Valley (4-15, 0-7) hurt itself again in the fourth inning when, with two outs, the usually sure-handed center fielder Josh Lampariello dropped a routine fly ball from Williams that allowed Kemple to score from second and give Saugus a 3-0 lead.

The Grizzlies cut the lead to one after scoring two in the bottom of the inning but Saugus countered it with two of their own in the fifth. Saugus scored one more in the sixth for its final 6-2 lead.

“Ground balls seemed to get through us. Obviously we put too many guys on base between walks and hit batters, and the sun in the eyes of Lampariello in center field, you never see that,” said Golden Valley head coach Gino Pomilia. “I still believe in these guys and the improvement that they’re making. You just have to have a little faith that it’s going to pay off.”

The road doesn’t get much easier for Golden Valley as it continues to look for its first league when it faces West Ranch on Tuesday.

Saugus will face Harvard-Westlake in part of the Redondo Tournament today and continue league play at Canyon on Tuesday.

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