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Prep baseball: Cents’ finish as they start

After eight innings of play, Saugus game called for light

Posted: February 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Saugus’ Curtis Kahovec connects for a double in the fifth inning against Agoura on Friday at Saugus High.

The Saugus High baseball team’s season got off to a rocky start on Friday afternoon at Saugus High against Agoura — then it ended in a crash.

And when it was all said and done, both teams ended up right where they had started, as the game was called due to light with the score tied at 7-7 after eight innings of play in the first game of pool play in the Southern California Showdown tournament.

In the bottom of the eighth, Saugus (0-0-1), which finished in a tie for fifth place in the Foothill League last season, had a chance to win when Dylan Freyre sent single to the right field with Spencer Daniels on second.

Daniels rounded third as Agoura right fielder Shawn Kegan threw home.

Agoura catcher Albee Weiss caught the ball just ahead of Freyre and held on as the two collided for the final out of the game.

The two benches briefly cleared and Weiss slammed the ball to the ground as the umpire spoke with Agoura head coach Mike Cordero, but things quickly settled down.

“We play at the highest level,” Cordero said of Saugus’ Daniels. “That’s a guy trying to win a baseball game, but in CIF you have to protect the players.”

Saugus had a chance to win the game in regulation as the Centurions took their first lead of the game in the sixth inning.
Daniels sent a ball over the shortstops head to tie the score at 5-5, and Freyre singled in the next at bat to put Saugus ahead.

Freyre finished the day 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.

The Centurions added another run in the inning, but yielded two runs in the top of the seventh.

Saugus’ day started off on the wrong foot with the Chargers (0-0-1) scoring four runs in the first inning off Saugus starter Justin Donatella and another in the second.

As a team, Saugus committed five errors.

But Donatella settled in, finishing the day with six innings pitched, five runs and 12 hits.

“He made some adjustments,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora. “At one point he retired 11 straight and he could have hung his head but he put us in a position (to win).”

Saugus won’t have long to think about Friday’s game, though, as they play one of the nation’s best programs today in Harvard Westlake, ranked No. 6 in the country by ESPNHS, at Harvard Westlake High at 11 a.m.

Freshman Eric Little is expected to start against the Wolverines.


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