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Foothill League baseball: At the right time

Canyon wins third league game in four tries

Posted: April 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Valencia pitcher Quincy Quintero delivers against Hart on Friday at Valencia High School. Valencia won 5-2.

 

Canyon baseball had the hitting part figured out. It was just a matter of doing it with runners on base.

It only took one inning against Saugus for Canyon to figure that part out too.

And it did so several times thereafter.

The Cowboys squeezed nine runs out of eight hits and beat the Centurions 9-5 on Friday at Canyon High School.

With two wins in three games against Saugus in Foothill League play, Canyon took the season series.

“We’ve mainly just been working on out hitting,” said Canyon junior Jacob King. “We’ve been taking too many first-pitch strikes and today we went up there like we knew what we were doing.”

King should know. He went 4-for-4 with two RBIs against Centurion pitching, which especially struggled in the first two innings.

Canyon (8-11, 3-4) took advantage of walks, hit batters and RBI singles by King and Kyle Pressman to score four runs in the first inning. King scored later in the frame on Grant Westerson’s sacrifice fly and Pressman scored when Harry Bennett was pegged with the bases loaded.

“Things were a little more timely today,” said Cowboys head coach Adam Schulhofer of the hitting.

Already up 4-0, the Cowboys extended their lead when King knocked in another run after Curtis Faulkner scored on a wild pitch from Saugus pitcher Kyle Mark, who relieved starter Roy Verdejo after the first frame.

At the end of two innings, the Centurions (7-11, 2-5) trailed 6-0.

Not to go quietly, Saugus hitters tried to work counts and get runners on, but couldn’t come up with the big hit from the top of the order to get back in the game.

Canyon starter J.T. Arguellez battled through 5 2/3 innings and allowed four earned runs off 10 hits in the win.

“At a certain point, you just have to give (Canyon) credit,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora. “They came out, and they played hard. Even when we looked like we had some things going, they were able to shut us down.”

The best opportunity for the Centurions came in the fifth inning when Nick Warren came to the plate with the bases loaded and nobody out. He hit a sharp ground ball down the third base line, but Canyon third baseman Kevin Morrice scooped it up and threw him out, allowing just one run to score on the play.

One more run came across in the inning off Connor Wilson’s RBI single, but Arguellez induced two innocent pop-outs to get out of the inning.

Canyon held a 7-3 lead at that point and tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth with RBI doubles by Faulkner and Cole Mears.

Saugus junior Andru Cardenas went 3-for-3 with an RBI, a run and a stolen base.

The Cowboys have now won three of their last four league games.

“With eight games left, if we’re getting hot right now just at the right time, that’s what we want,” Schulhofer said.

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