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Valencia baseball settles for second place

Prep baseball: Vikings make quick work of Golden Valley

Posted: May 15, 2014 9:57 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2014 9:57 p.m.

Valencia High outfielder Chad Bible hits a home run in the third inning against Golden Valley at Golden Valley High on Thursday.

 

Heading into the last game of the regular season, the Valencia Vikings needed two things to happen to become co-Foothill League champions: take care of business against Golden Valley, and a Hart loss to Saugus.

One game was in Valencia’s control.

The other was not.

And Valencia handled its side of the bargain, defeating the Grizzlies 10-2 at Golden Valley High in the Foothill League finale.

But the Vikings didn’t get the help they needed from Saugus.

The Indians clinched the outright Foothill League title with a 9-8 victory against the Centurions, which left Valencia with a second-place finish in league heading into the CIF-Southern Section Division I postseason.

“Sharing the league title was out of our hands,” said Valencia interim head coach Mike Killinger. “We just had to go out and do what we needed to do. And I’m proud of the kids based upon the circumstances we had, and how we showed up and did the best we could.”

Killinger stepped in for head coach Jared Snyder, who took an unexpected leave of absence after the team’s first league game.

But the Vikings battled through the early adversity and nearly claimed a league title.

“We came out knowing that we’re not going to let something affect us, how we play, or dictate how the season is going to be like,” said Valencia senior shortstop Keston Hiura, who went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored against Golden Valley. “We had a goal of doing our best to try to win league, and we stuck to that goal.

Unfortunately it didn’t happen, but now we’ll try and achieve our second goal and make a CIF-title run.”
Valencia’s offense looked ready for the postseason against the Grizzlies.

The Vikings (17-9 overall, 11-4 Foothill League) scored eight runs in the third inning to push the lead to 10-0, as they sent 11 hitters to the plate.

All but one batter in the lineup scored a run in the frame.

Chad Bible led off the inning with a solo home run, while Scott Ogrin and Devin Davis each added a two-RBI double.

Bible finished 2-for-5 and Ogrin went 2-for-2 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored.

“Well we had that one bad inning where we gave up eight runs and we lost by eight,” said Golden Valley head coach Gino Pomilia.

The Grizzlies (4-23, 0-15) plated two runs in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly by Jaiden France and an RBI double by Cody Rightmyer.

Though Golden Valley finished without a Foothill League victory, Pomilia was adamant about the development and growth he’s seen from his team.

“I’m proud of these guys, I really am,” Pomilia said. “I’m proud of the young men they’ve become right in front of my eyes, and I’d take that over a league championship any day.”

Valencia now awaits the playoff seedings, which will be released Monday at 9 a.m.

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