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Mistaken identity: Vikings win big at home

Deluge of Golden Valley errors costs Grizzlies in loss against Valencia

Posted: May 1, 2009 9:17 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia's Taylor Dingman safely slides into home base as Golden Valley's catcher Rocky Sherwood in the fifth inning of Friday afternoon's game.

Golden Valley is a baseball program on the rise, but it isn’t going to take steps forward by shooting itself in the foot.

Grizzly errors helped the first five Valencia batters score, and the Viking offense teamed with starting pitcher David Hausman to down Golden Valley 13-2 Friday afternoon at Valencia High School.

Valencia shortstop Christian Lopes went yard to lead off the bottom of the first, and Kyle Eaton drew a walk in the next at-bat. Dylan Jones followed with a double, and Taylor Dingman singled home Eaton.

From there, errors began to plague Golden Valley (7-12, 2-9). An error allowed Jones to score from third, and a missed pick-off attempt at first allowed Dingman to move all the way to third.

Dingman scored after another error, and Scotland McKenzie hit a solo homer to push the lead to 5-0.

“I thought we executed well,” said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder. “We stayed with our game plan. We’re getting our pitches to hit and not giving in. It’s a testament to our work in practice.”

Dominick Solley led off the second inning with a single for the Vikings (16-6, 9-2) before stealing second and scoring on a two-run shot by Lopes, his second home run of the game.

While Valencia built its lead, Hausman kept the Golden Valley lineup off balance, although Valencia wound up committing three errors as well.

“We had seven hits, they had seven hits,” said Grizzlies head coach Scott Drootin. “We had seven errors, and that’s the difference.”

Golden Valley got on the board in the third when leadoff hitter Jordan Yallen singled, stole second and third and came home on a sacrifice fly by Kamran Young.

Valencia added to its lead in the bottom of the inning when Alex Bishop reached base on an error, advanced to third on another error and scored on a single by Solley. Quincy Quintero later scored on a fielder’s choice after being hit by a pitch.

The Grizzlies tacked on another run in the fourth when Chris Smith singled and wound up scoring on an error, but Hausman retired the inning’s last batter with two men on base to escape the threat.

“We needed that out of David,” Snyder said. “He hit his spots, controlled both sides of the plate. He got his arm back today.”

Valencia scored its final four runs in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by a two-run single by Dingman that plated Lopes and Eaton. Jones singled and later scored on a wild pitch, while Dingman also crossed home thanks to another Golden Valley error.

Grizzlies starter Scott Barlow took the loss, lasting just one inning before Josh Smith took over in relief.

“My team’s young, but we’re battling,” Drootin said. “I put two sophomores out there to pitch. Barlow’s usually strong but he had an off day. Josh came in and locked it down.”

Lopes went 2-for-2 with the two homes and three runs, while Dingman was 2-for-2 with three RBIs.

Yallen went 2-for-4 to lead Golden Valley, and Smith wound up 2-for-4 as well.

“We got on top early, and that’s what we wanted to do,” Snyder said.


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