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Foothill League baseball: Saugus swats Hart

Baseball: Scott Lombardi hits two homers as Cents hold back comeback

Posted: March 24, 2010 10:52 p.m.
Updated: March 25, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Saugus outfielder Scott Lombardi slugs a three-run home run in the third inning Wednesday at Saugus High. Lombardi hit two home runs in the game.

 
To borrow a line, "The toughest out is the last out."
Saugus baseball proved that on Wednesday at Saugus High.

Up five runs in the top of the seventh inning with two out, the Centurions began to crumble, allowing Hart to within one run.

With its third pitcher of the inning, James Threw, the Centurions finally retired the Indians and won 6-5.

"We were a little nervous, but we kept it cool," said Saugus' Scott Lombardi. "We shouldn't have let those four runs score, but it's a win nonetheless."

Credit Lombardi for a big part of the win.

The Centurions' right fielder went 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBIs in the game.

Credit another part to starting pitcher Tommy Kister, who entered the seventh inning having sat down 10 Hart batters in a row.

Yet he couldn't complete the game, surrendering a leadoff double in the seventh to Kevin Bailey before walking Josh Wagner.

Sidearm reliever Garrett Smith was able to get two outs in the inning, but later walked in a run and hit a batter with the bases loaded, signaling his end.

Threw came in with the score 6-3, but immediately surrendered a two-RBI single to Hart shortstop Pat Valaika, cutting the Saugus lead down to 6-5.

Valaika accounted for most of the Hart offense in the game, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

His sacrifice fly in the third cut Saugus' lead to 4-1.

But Threw struck out Nolan Simons fishing for an outside pitch to end the game.

"We can't put ourselves in a hole because it takes away from our offensive strength," said Hart head coach Jim Ozella.

The Indians (6-3, 1-1) fell behind 4-0 early and were unable to use their creativity to score runs.

Hart, a team short on power, came into the game with 32 stolen bases on the season and stole two more on Wednesday.

But it was little things that also held the Indians back.

Hart failed on a sacrifice bunt, was picked off and hit a comebacker in the seventh with the bases loaded.

Saugus (6-3, 1-1), on the other hand, was all power on offense.

Lombardi lined a two-out, three-run home run over the center-field fence in the second inning off starter Alex Tenorio.

Justin Sheehan then followed with a solo shot to give Saugus a 4-0 lead.

Solo home runs followed in the third inning from Michael Soucy and another from Lombardi in the fourth, building Saugus' lead to 6-1.

The bottom three of Saugus' lineup - Tylor Klipfel, Lombardi and Sheehan - went 6-for-9 with four runs and five RBIs.

"It's funny. We haven't been getting a whole lot of production from the bottom of the lineup," said Saugus head coach John Maggiora.

Sheehan was dropped from the No. 6 part of the order to No. 9 and Lombardi has been in and out of the lineup.
They were eight-nine on Wednesday.

It certainly worked.


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