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Foothill baseball: Cents stay hot on hill

Castillo gives Saugus second straight strong start on mound

Posted: April 16, 2010 11:08 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2010 11:05 p.m.

Saugus' Tylor Klipfel, right, slides under Canyon first baseman Alex Banta's tag on Friday at Saugus High School.

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After getting solid starting pitching on Wednesday against Canyon, it appeared as if Saugus would be hard pressed to repeat the performance.

However Centurion starting pitcher Cameron Castillo went out and delivered six innings of one-hit, shutout baseball on Friday to lead Saugus to its second straight shutout win over Canyon 6-0 at Saugus High School.

"He just followed up what Tommy (Kister) did on Wednesday," said Saugus head coach John Maggiora. "We're trying to get our pitchers to compete against each other. One throws six shutout innings and we want the next one to as well."

Castillo delivered another fine outing for the Centurions (13-5, 5-2) throwing first-pitch strikes to 16 of the 19 batters he faced and didn't allow Canyon (4-13, 0-7) to get into a rhythm offensively.

"I just wanted to throw strikes, get outs and throw up zeroes so our offense could do their thing," Castillo said.

After the senior retired the side in order in the first, it took Saugus' offense four pitches to get on the scoreboard.

Nick Lombardi led off with a hit on the first pitch he saw. James Threw followed with a bunt single and two pitches later, Michael Soucy singled to left to give Saugus a 2-0 lead as both runners scored after the ball rolled past left fielder Kyle Pressman.

It turned out that RBI single would be all they really needed. After letting up a walk in the second inning, Castillo went 14-up, 14-down to finish his six innings with just one hit and one walk allowed, while striking out four on only 67 pitches.

"He had a good fastball and was hitting his spots and that's tough to hit," said Saugus catcher Matthew Emerson. "My job was just to make sure he stayed focus and I told him not to get ahead of himself."

Saugus tacked on four in the third with Emerson driving in two and Tylor Klipfel plating one run to provide the final margin.

After the third however, the Saugus offense wouldn't get another hit.

"We kind of fell into a lull. We got off to a good start but then just hit cruise control," Emerson said.
Fortunately for the Centurions, Canyon wasn't getting much offense.

The Cowboys compounded their problems by committing four errors, two of which led to multiple runs for Saugus.

"This was supposed to be the part that is fun in a back-to-back (series). You play a team tough in the first game and then make some changes and get them the next game," said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer. "But if you're in a mindset where you aren't competing, it doesn't matter. We can think we're good but if we don't do it on the field then we're not."


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