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Saugus locks down Canyon baseball

Posted: April 25, 2014 10:46 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2014 10:46 p.m.
 

Different park. Same result.

Similar to its victory over Canyon earlier in the week, the Saugus Centurions used the recipe of early run production and strong pitching to win 7-0 and complete the season sweep against the Cowboys on an overcast and gusty Friday at Saugus High.

“It’s just what the doctor ordered,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora, whose team remains tied with Hart for first place in the Foothill League. “It was big for us to come in this week and get two (wins) and put ourselves in good position going into next week.”

On Wednesday, the Centurions rode a four-run second inning and Anthony Donatella’s five-inning, one-run performance to capture an 8-2 win at Canyon.

At home on in the series finale, Saugus (13-6 overall, 7-2 Foothill) scored five runs in the first inning and Eric little delivered a complete-game shutout.

Caden Gonzales knocked in Brendan Griffith with a two-out double, and Jonah Kapp followed with a two-RBI single to score Rudy Aguilar and Gonzales and give the Centurions a 5-0 lead after one inning.

Kapp finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Roy Verdejo went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, Aguilar finished 1-for-2 with two runs scored and Rex Kemple added a 2-for-4 performance with two runs scored.

In total, Saugus tallied 10 hits, while Little limited Canyon (6-13-1, 1-8) to only three.

After surrendering back-to-back singles to Jason Rowe and Jarrett Ellis to start the second inning, Little didn’t relinquish another hit for the rest of the game.

The junior right-hander locked in and retired 18 of the next 20 Cowboy batters, only allowing Austin Ragusin and Nick Tarolli to reach base on walks in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively.

“He was locating his fastball really well,” said the catcher Kapp. “He was able to come in on batters and get them off balance, and come back away with (the fastball) to strike them out.”

Little finished with three strikeouts en route to his third complete-game win — fourth victory overall — of the Foothill League season.

As for Canyon, scoring runs continues to be an issue.

The Cowboys have been shut out four times and have scored more than two runs only once in nine Foothill League games.

But head coach Adam Schulhofer has seen improvement from his team at the plate.

“We’ve been swinging the bats better, although it hasn’t really shown run wise,” Schulhofer said. “But we are hitting the ball harder. That adjustment is something we’ve been making and want to continue to make.”

Canyon will look to scratch across runs and end its current six-game Foothill League losing streak next week against Golden Valley, while Saugus will attempt to stay hot against Valencia.

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