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VIBL: Williams paces Vikings in return

Junior-to-be goes 4-for-4 in first back with Valencia

Posted: July 19, 2010 8:58 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2010 4:55 a.m.

With the reigning Foothill League MVP playing his first summer league game and a potential league starter on the mound, Valencia baseball coach Jared Snyder finally began to recognize the Vikings' likely 2011 spring lineup.

Led by Trey Williams' four hits and five RBIs and Jake Roberge's five innings of shutout ball, the Vikings easily dispatched Chaminade 11-1 on Monday at Valencia High School.

"It's such a big difference to have all of our guys finally in there," Snyder said of the starting lineup. "That was pretty much what we have, and overall, it was a good outing."

Williams missed the majority of the season while playing for various scout teams but didn't skip a beat in his first game with the Vikings (13-5). The junior-to-be finished a triple short of the cycle, including a mammoth three-run home run in the sixth inning.

"It's just fun to playing with my teammates again," Williams said, who slid back to his normal position of third base after spending the spring at shortstop. "I'm just comfortable being back with the team and at third base."

Roberge kept the Eagles (6-10-1) off-balance with an assortment of breaking pitches and allowed just two hits. After working around a leadoff double in the first inning, the right-hander did not allow a runner to reach second base and retired 10 of the final 11 hitters he faced.

"He's been solid all summer for us," Snyder said of the senior-to-be. "Right now, he's fighting for a starting job on the mound."

Shane Zeile drove in three runs and Spencer Daniels added two RBIs for the Vikings, who begin the playoffs Thursday looking for their first VIBL title since 2001.



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