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Baseball bounces home teams’ way

Valencia survives, Hart sweeps in summer baseball tournament

Posted: July 26, 2008 1:30 a.m.
Updated: September 26, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Valencia relief pitcher Quincy Quintero snaps off a pitch to a Chatsworth batter in the VIBL quarterfinals on Thursday. The Vikings won, 10-4.

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Valencia and Chatsworth battled through four innings before the Vikings' bats staved off elimination in the quarterfinals of the Valley Invitational Baseball League's summer tournament.

Coming off a tough 4-2 loss at Chatsworth on Thursday (in which pitcher Kyle Eaton gave up only three hits) and trailing 3-1, coming back home appeared to do the trick for Valencia, winning by the score 10-4.

"These kids are resilient," head coach Jared Snyder said. "We got down but it never showed. They just keep battling back. We got some very big hits from Curtis White. I was proud of those guys. They are ready to play."

A four-run two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth allowed the Vikings to emphatically take the lead on a pair of two-run home runs from White and winning pitcher Quincy Quintero.

The fifth inning homer was White's second of the game. White, who was not on varsity last year, finished by going 3-for-4 with four RBI.

"We just came out there and had a lot of confidence," White said. "They threw a lot of curve balls yesterday and we weren't used to it. Today we expected it and sat back and drove the ball a lot better."

Quintero, who entered the game in the fourth with the Vikings down 3-1, struck out three, giving up three hits, walking three and gave up only one run in two innings of work.

Offensively, he contributed to the cause by going 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two runs batted in.

Friday's game was not without controversy, however. Viking shortstop, in the sixth, Christian Lopes drove the ball down the first base line, appearing to strike the foul pole. Initially ruled a double, the officiating crew determined it was a home run, bringing in two runs to seal the game.

Lopes, who finished Thursday's game 3-for-4, repeated the performance Friday by going 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base.

Pitcher Dylan Jones started the game, throwing three innings, striking out two, allowing four hits, walking one and giving up three runs, only two earned. He did not factor in the decision, though.

The save went to Tyler Anderson who pitched the final two innings, striking out two and allowing two free passes.

"We played well today," Snyder added. "We played well yesterday, too. We just had few mishaps and played well enough to win yesterday. We just didn't get it done."

The Chancellors are not to be taken lightly after finishing the 2007-08 season 22-8, winning the West Valley League.

Game three will feature Scotland McKenzie, who will start on the mound for the Vikings. The game will be at 5 p.m. today at Chatsworth High.

The winner of the final game of the series will play Hart High at 3:30 p.m. at Brookside Park in Pasadena in the VIBL semis.

"We just have to stay within our game plan," Snyder said. "They are the best team we have faced all summer and we have to play at the level we played at today to be successful."

Hart 13, Harvard-Westlake 5
Combined with an offense that came through with 15 hits, the Indians beat the Wolverines, 13-5, to sweep a quarterfinal series, 2-0.

The win secured Hart's spot in the semifinals of the Valley Invitational Baseball League playoffs.
Hart starting pitcher Erik Vogel earned the win, allowing four runs and five hits over 3 2/3 innings. CJ Millar finished up in relief, allowing one run and two hits in 3 1/3 innings. Millar struck out three.

"They both pitched all right for us," Hart head coach Jim Ozella said. "We're putting runs on the board."
Adam Bouyer hit his fourth homer of the playoffs, a two-run shot.

Game One is set for 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Brookside Park near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The Indians will play against the winner between Chatsworth and Valencia.

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