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Foothill League baseball: Vikings outshoot Cents

Valencia’s offense led by Shane Zeile with two homers

Posted: April 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Valencia baseball wanted to make sure it didn’t see a drop-off performance after a dramatic nine-inning win on Wednesday.

Offensively, that certainly didn’t happen.

If anything, the Vikings took it a step further by outrunning Saugus to a 17-13 win on Friday at Saugus High School that saw a total of nine pitchers between the teams.

It keeps Valencia (7-1, 4-0) undefeated in Foothill League play after beating Hart 9-8 on a walk-off home run by Shane Zeile in the ninth inning on Wednesday.

The Vikings didn’t need a walk-off this time, but were helped once again by Zeile’s long ball. Two of them in fact, which helped him to a 2-for-4 day with six RBIs and three runs.

Despite the Centurions’ efforts to keep up, Valencia’s powerful lineup pulled ahead with a five-run fourth inning and secured the lead for good with another five runs in the fifth.

“You’re not always going to have good pitching days, but it’s nice to know we can go out and keep scoring like that,” said Valencia senior James Bonds, who went 5-for-5 with three doubles, two RBIs and two runs.

Saugus (3-8, 1-4) has now lost four straight league games after winning its opener against West Ranch on March 18.

On three separate occasions, the Centurions led the Vikings, with the first lead coming after Saugus’ four-run first inning off Valencia starter Jake Roberge to take a 4-1 lead.

Only one of the runs was earned.

But like they did all day, the Vikings answered back immediately when sophomore A.J. Balta cranked a two-out, three-run home run in the second off pitcher Nick Lombardi to tie it up 4-4.

“We’ve been struggling to get a pitcher out there that can go and get some guys out,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora. “We’re trying to piece it together and get 21 outs right now.”

Again, Saugus took the lead, 5-4, off an Evan Steen RBI single in the second.

Steen had three hits and two RBIs on the day.

Like clockwork, the Vikings stole back the lead when Zeile hit his first homer of the day, a two-run shot to straightaway center field, to give his team a 6-5 advantage in the top of the third.

“I think at times, we’re going to outscore some people,” said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder. “We might have to outscore people, and that might not be conducive later on.”

Another pair of runs for the Centurions in the bottom of the third gave them their final lead of the game at 7-6.
Then Valencia’s bats really came alive.

Zeile hit his second bomb, this time a three-run shot with Trey Williams and Quincy Quintero on base in the fourth.
In the following inning, as Saugus had to reach for its fourth pitcher of the game, Dylan Freyre, gave up a three-RBI, bases-clearing double to Valencia first baseman Brian Mundell.

By the end of the fifth, the Vikings were off to the races leading 16-9.

“It can definitely be demoralizing,” said Saugus junior Andru Cardenas, who went 3-for-3 with two runs.

In all, Saugus went through five pitchers, with reliever Kyle Mark as the pitcher of record.

All four of Valencia’s hurlers also struggled. David Hausman got the win for his 1 1/3 innings in the third and fourth.

“For some reason, we don’t match up well with (Saugus) on the mound,” Snyder said.

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