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Foothill League baseball: Cents add to Canyon’s woes

Saugus moves into second-place tie in league

Posted: April 14, 2010 10:11 p.m.
Updated: April 15, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Home field didn’t prove to be an advantage for the Canyon Cowboys baseball team on Wednesday.

The visiting Saugus Centurions went to work early, scoring three runs in the first inning and tallying six more runs to defeat the Cowboys 9-0.

“It was a good way to come out to someone else’s field,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora. “It’s nice to come out and score in the first inning.”

Saugus shortstop Nick Lombardi started things off with a base hit, then scored on a double by center fielder Brad Buchignani. First baseman Justin Sheehan also doubled, driving in catcher Matthew Emerson, who reached first after being hit by a pitch, and Evan Steen, who walked.

Sheehan, who was 2-for-4, also hit a solo home run on the first pitch of the fourth inning.

“I was looking to drive a ball,” he said. “It was a change-up and he left it up, so I drove it.”

Second baseman Connor Stevenson continued the Saugus offense in the fourth with a hit to shallow center and Lombardi got on base with a hit through the left side. Third baseman Michael Soucy hit a double up the middle to score Stevenson. Buchignani hit a fly ball to left that was dropped by Canyon left fielder Kyle Pressman, allowing Lombardi to score and lengthening the Saugus lead to 6-0.

For Canyon (4-12, 0-6), it was a case of too many errors and not enough offense.

In the sixth inning, Soucy reached first on a slow roller up the third base line that Canyon third baseman Kyle Froehlich didn’t play because he thought it was going foul. On the next play, Buchignani reached on an error by Froehlich and later scored, along with Soucy, when Emerson hit a ball through the left side that went between Pressman’s legs and rolled all the way to the fence. Steen followed with a sacrifice fly to score Emerson, capping the game at 9-0.

“It’s tough to come out and play like that,” said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer. “We can’t be proud of what we did today.”

Saugus pitcher Tommy Kister got the win, striking out six and scattering three hits in six innings of work. Garrett Smith relieved Kister in the seventh and faced just three batters, striking out one.

“Tommy pumped the strike zone and kept feeding grounders to the infield,” Maggiora said. “I could have left him in, but after 85 pitches, I thought it was a good time to relieve him”

Canyon went through four pitchers in the game, with starter Icezack Fleming taking the loss. He struck out five and allowed eight hits in four innings.

Canyon and Saugus (12-5, 4-2) will play again on Friday at Saugus and Schulhofer said his team needs to give a better showing in the next game.

“They came to play today and I don’t know if we did,” he said.

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