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Foothill League baseball: Trey-mendous

Baseball: Valencia High sophomore Trey Williams hits two home runs including a grand slam

Posted: March 26, 2010 10:35 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia second baseman Quincy Quintero fields a ground ball Friday at Valencia High in the Vikings' 8-4 win.

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If the thought was that the departure of one rising star would leave a void with the Valencia High baseball team, then that thought was clearly wrong.

Exit one rising star, enter a new one.

Valencia's Trey Williams hit two home runs, including a grand slam, Friday at Valencia High against what many considered to be the Foothill League's top team, West Ranch, in an 8-4 Vikings victory.

"I've been here 11 years and the most exciting players were Matt Aidem and Jared Clark. Trey is just as exciting as those players," said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder.

Clark is now playing in the Colorado Rockies organization and Aidem played NCAA Division I baseball.

Williams is only a sophomore, but he replaces a player who had one of the biggest offensive seasons in valley history, Christian Lopes, who as a sophomore last year belted a Foothill League record 15 home runs.

After Lopes departed for Edison High in January, Williams, albeit young, stepped to the forefront.

On Friday, he asserted himself even more by smacking a two-run home run in the third inning, giving his team a 3-1 lead, then hitting a grand slam in the fourth to give Valencia a 7-2 lead.

Both were line-drive shots.

"He hit a changeup, so we tried to be careful," said West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill of the grand slam.

Williams now has four home runs and 11 RBIs in eight games this season.

"I thought it was a really good at-bat," Williams said of the grand slam. "I just wanted to do my best to get the runners over."

Williams, who moved over from third base to shortstop this season, was also stellar on defense Friday.

Defense was also a key for Valencia (6-2, 3-0) as West Ranch made 19 outs of their 21 outs on balls in play.

The Wildcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, courtesy of an RBI single by Josh Heinz in the first inning.

Valencia (6-2, 2-1) got a run back in the bottom of the first on a solo home run by Kyle Eaton, who was 2-for-3 in the game.

In the top of the fourth, West Ranch threatened with consecutive singles.

A base hit by Aaron Smirnoff cut the Valencia lead to 3-2 and knocked Vikings starter Devin Matson out of the game.

Nick Rivas came in and ended the rally.

Valencia's pitching was part of the story on Friday and will be for the rest of the season.

The Vikings used three pitchers on the day - each doing his job then giving way to the next pitcher.

Rivas surrendered a solo home run in the fifth to Heinz and gave up another run in the sixth on a double-play ball off the bat of Smirnoff.

Sandwiched in between those Wildcat runs was a run scored by Valencia in the fifth on an error.

West Ranch led off the seventh with a single by Jared Ortiz, but Shane Zeile came in and retired the last three batters of the game.

This is by no means an indication of how the Foothill League will shape up.

The same two teams were favored to finish one-two last season.

West Ranch defeated Valencia in the teams' first meeting last season.

Valencia ended up with the Foothill League crown.

Valencia won this meeting.

To be continued.


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