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Foothill baseball: Canyon trades places

Cowboys get big hit from Evans

Posted: May 7, 2010 11:05 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
After Wednesday's baseball game between Canyon and Golden Valley, Grizzly head coach Scott Drootin made it clear that Canyon's Patrick Roxbury wasn't going to beat them.

On Wednesday that strategy worked. But on Friday afternoon at Canyon High, the rest of the Cowboys stepped up and delivered a 7-5 comeback win over Golden Valley.

The key hit came right after the Grizzlies intentionally walked Roxbury to bring up midseason Canyon call-up Adam Evans.

Evans' hit turned out to be the game winner as Canyon rallied in the bottom of the sixth to grab the win and avenge Wednesday's 3-0 loss.

"Today we got the big hit with the bases loaded," said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer. "Last game we didn't get that hit. Today we had two extra-base hits to drive in runs."

Canyon got on the board first thanks to two second-inning errors by the Grizzly defense and some heads up base-running of its own to grab a quick 2-0 lead. Golden Valley answered with one in the top of the third and then both offenses sputtered until the sixth.

After a leadoff walk to Kamran Young and an infield single from Josh Smith, Canyon committed an error to let Young score. With Smith on second and the Grizzlies down 3-2, Anthony San Miguel turned on a 2-1 pitch, driving it over the right-field wall for a 4-3 Golden Valley lead. Brandon Smith followed two batters later with a blast to left, and it was 5-3 Grizzlies.

But the Canyon offense wasn't done.

"The recent offense is a big help," said Canyon starting pitcher Thomas Kratky, who allowed San Miguel's home run. "It makes it a lot more comfortable to pitch out there."

However, that offense received the help of two straight errors, loading the bases in the bottom of the inning with no outs. Kratky then helped his own cause with an infield single that settled in just behind the pitcher, scoring Kevin Morrice from third and keeping the bases loaded.

In all, it was three errors that led to the first run and then a wild pitch that scored Harry Bennet tying the game.

After the string of errors, the game was tied and Roxbury stood at the plate with two outs and an open first base. Drootin decided to intentionally walk him, bringing up Evans.

On a 1-1 count, Evans connected and sent the ball flying to left field.

"That's why he's here," Schulhofer said. "He's been hitting well below and he has had an opportunity to play up here, and he's taking advantage of it."

The ball sailed to the fence, where it got lodged in the chain link for a ground-rule double. Two runs scored and Canyon was up 7-5 thanks to the clutch hit.

"Coach called time and brought me over to settle me down," Evans said. "I don't know what pitch it was. I just put the bat on the ball and hit it as far as I could."


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