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Foothill baseball roundup: West Ranch, Valencia win

Posted: May 13, 2014 10:19 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2014 10:19 p.m.
 

Junior pitcher Sean O’Shea hasn’t been used much on the mound this season after recovering from a shoulder injury suffered during football season. But he made the most of his opportunity and led the West Ranch Wildcats out of trouble on Tuesday at Canyon High School and into the win column.

West Ranch defeated Canyon 3-2 and is tied with Saugus for third place in the Foothill League with one game remaining in the regular season.

O’Shea entered the game with two on in the bottom of the second inning and West Ranch (16-9 overall, 9-5 Foothill League) up 1-0.

He allowed an RBI single to the first batter he faced, Cole Mears, then retired the next 11 batters.

O’Shea went 4 2/3 innings, allowed two hits, walked none and struck out six.

West Ranch took advantage of three Canyon errors to score all of its runs.

Wildcat Nick Ruffino was 2-for-3 in the game with an RBI.

Jason Rowe was 2-for-4 for Canyon with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.

The Cowboys (8-16-1, 3-11) stranded two runners in the bottom of the seventh.

These two teams meet again at West Ranch High on Thursday.

West Ranch at this point can do no better than be the No. 3 seed from the Foothill League for the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

Valencia 4, Canyon 1

Valencia Vikings baseball is still playing for a Foothill League title after a 4-1 win at Valencia High on Tuesday over a pesky Golden Valley team.

The Vikings (16-9, 10-4) need to beat Golden Valley (4-22, 0-14) on the road and a Hart loss to Saugus on Thursday to win a share of the Foothill championship.

However, since Hart won the season series, the Vikings will be no better than the Foothill’s second seed in the postseason, which doesn’t entirely guarantee them a first-round home game in the Division I playoffs.

Valencia got a complete game from pitcher Kevin Chandler on Tuesday.

He allowed five hits, one earned run, walked one and didn’t have a strikeout in an efficient 71-pitch outing.

Golden Valley’s lone run came on a John Mark Niednagel groundout.

For Valencia, Jake Silva went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI, Devon Davis and Keston Hiura had run-scoring hits and Chad Bible went 2-for-3.

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