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Posted: April 19, 2008 2:25 a.m.
Updated: June 20, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Saugus varsity baseball player Stefan Cordes swings in the third inning against Canyon on Friday. Cordes hit a grand slam in the first inning for the Centurions.

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It was a 10-run first inning that led the Saugus varsity baseball team over Canyon on Friday.

The Centurions defeated the Cowboys 12-3 on Saugus' home field.

Saugus (14-6, 7-2) beat Canyon (6-12, 1-8) 2-1 in extra innings on Wednesday.

The Cents have now won seven straight league games and have moved into a tie for second place in the Foothill League.

Their offense gave starting pitcher Darren Schweitzer a lot to work with Friday and he managed to take care of the rest.

Schweitzer pitched four innings, had four strikeouts and allowed six hits.

Stefan Cordes got the offense started with a grand slam to center field.

"Everything was going smoothly for us that inning, and I wanted to do anything I could to score some runs for us."

Cordes said.

Tyler Brubaker followed up Cordes' slam with a home run out to center field bringing the game to 5-0.

"We wanted to start big, and we did that," Brubaker said. "We knew we wanted to bury them pretty early."

After four more batters, another bases loaded situation and only one out, Canyon head coach Brandon Montemayor brought in relief pitcher Donald Young.

The Centurions were back to the top of the lineup and Troy Ajer hit a two-RBI double to increase the lead to 7-0.

With the bases loaded again, Zachary Vincej was hit by a pitch.

Still with only one out and the bases loaded, Cordes was back up to the plate and hit a line-drive single to right field, allowing Ajer to score the ninth run for Saugus.

Again with bases loaded, Brubaker was walked, allowing the 10th run to score.

Canyon's pitching held tight for the next four innings allowing the Centurions to go scoreless going into the sixth.

In the bottom of the sixth, pinch hitter Brett Piper hit a two-run home run, putting Saugus up 12-0.

Canyon managed to get on the board in the seventh inning with three runs.

Kicking off Canyon's offense was Kyle Pressman whose double brought in Ben Elliott and Jaycob Kelsey, bringing the score 12-2.

After a stolen base by Pressman, Robert Wright lined a single to right field, with Pressman scoring.

Montemayor did not place blame for Canyon's loss upon the efforts of the pitchers, but simply the Cowboys' lapse in offense.

"Our pitching has been great all season," he said." But even when they (pitchers) give their best effort, we can't win if the offense doesn't score runs."

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