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The fight is still in the Wildcats

Posted: April 26, 2008 3:13 a.m.
Updated: June 27, 2008 5:02 a.m.

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The West Ranch varsity baseball team defeated Canyon on Friday 7-0 on the Wildcats home field.

Wildcats senior Charlie Gillies pitched a complete game shutout for the second game in a row. Gillies only allowed the Cowboys two hits and struck out four Canyon batters.

"We wanted to come out and get the win," Gillies said. "I didn't have many strikeouts, but I was able to rely on my defense to back me up."

Gillies has not allowed an earned run since April 4 against Saugus. In his last three starts he is 3-0 allowing no earned runs in 19 innings, striking out 23 batters.

"Charlie has been our No. 1 guy all year," said West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill. "We definitely feel good when he is on the mound."

West Ranch (11-9, 6-5) now trails Saugus by one game for third place and the last spot from the Foothill League for the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs. The Wildcats, though, have the toughest remaining schedule of any team in the Foothill League. West Ranch has a pair against second-place Valencia next week, then concludes the regular season with two against first-place Hart.

In Friday's game, the Wildcats got their offense kicked off early.

In the bottom of the second, junior Casey Watkins hit a three-run homer.

That was all the Wildcats would need to secure the win.

Watkins' home run was his first of the season and he finished the game with four RBIs.

"It felt really good to hit the home run," Watkins said. "I haven't had that good of a feeling in a while."

Watkins wouldn't be the only Wildcat to homer on the day.

In the bottom of the fifth, first baseman Jake Bernards hit a solo home run off Canyon starter Austin Engel and West Ranch led 6-0.

Bernards had two hits, one RBI and scored one run for the Wildcats team.

Two batters later, Watkins drove in the Wildcats final run with a single.

"We started the season off pretty quiet," Watkins said. "But now we are focused on making it to the postseason."

Seniors Brett Bradbury and C.J. Woldanski added two hits a piece on the game.

With the loss the Cowboys (6-15-1) are now 1-10 in league with their only win being against Golden Valley.

"We didn't accomplish what we wanted to this season," said Canyon head coach Brandon Montemayor. "We do have some guys returning to the team next year and hopefully they can learn from these mistakes."

Canyon will face first-place Hart next week and concludes its season against Golden Valley.

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