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State’s No. 1 handles Saugus

Centurions out-hit 15 to 4

Posted: May 22, 2009 10:04 p.m.
Updated: May 23, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
It was obvious that Saugus had its work cut out for it against the state’s No. 1 team Mater Dei in Santa Ana Friday.

So the final result, a 6-2 Saugus loss, wasn’t much of a surprise.

But the surprise might have been that the Centurions hung tough.

The Centurions actually led the game 2-1 in the third inning.

“I told our guys we belonged on the field,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora. “We competed. You could see there’s a couple bigger dudes. They’re a little deeper in certain spots. One through 9 they were solid. I didn’t see a lot of holes.”

Saugus managed just four hits of pro prospect Aaron Northcraft.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 215-pound hurler went the distance.

Mater Dei went up 1-0 in the first inning, then Saugus jumped on Northcraft in the third for a pair.

Saugus sophomore Justin Sheehan singled in the first run.

He was 2-for-2 on the day.

Brett Piper followed with a double.

Then Stefan Cordes hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly.

But the Monarchs got to Centurions starter Tommy Kister in the bottom of the third, touching him up for three runs.

Mater Dei scored twice more in the fourth off reliever Aaron Hooper to set the score at 6-2.

Saugus shortstop Zach Vincej went 0-for-2 in his final game as a Centurion.

He hit .353, .542, .447, .369 in successive seasons.

“He was a program changer, a program establisher if that’s a term,” Maggiora said. “He was the face of a program that we’re going to compare everybody to.”

cosborne@the-signal.com

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