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Prep baseball: Cents enjoy a better result

After two close losses, Saugus defeats Grizzlies

Posted: April 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Coming off a pair of pressure-packed one-run losses last week, Saugus baseball wasn’t looking for any drama this time around.

It was just looking for a victory.

And thanks to a complete-game three-hitter by starting pitcher Justin Donatella, the Centurions got what they needed, coasting to an 8-1 win over Golden Valley on Wednesday at Saugus High School.

With mostly singles and patient at-bats, Saugus (11-8-1 overall, 5-3 Foothill League) slowly ran up the score and avoided a third straight league loss.

“I don’t care how you get a win,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora. “We’ll take it however we can get it. No style. All substance.”

For the Centurions, it was a welcome result after the team coughed up a lead in back-to-back losses to Hart last week.

Donatella made clear that wasn’t going to happen again, striking out a season-high eight hitters in his fourth complete game of the year.

The one run scored by the Grizzlies (4-14, 0-8) was unearned.

“He made good pitches,” Maggiora said. “He made offspeed pitches. He kind of hit his spots.”

The senior right-hander helped himself out at the plate, knocking in a pair of runs, including an RBI single in the first inning to give the Centurions a 1-0 lead.

From there, Saugus kept adding on runs, scoring two runs apiece in the third and fourth innings, another one in the fifth and two more in the sixth.

The first five runs were credited to Golden Valley starter Joseph Garrett, who went 3 2/3 innings and allowed four hits.

He was pulled in the fourth after walking his third batter of the inning to load the bases with two outs.

John Mark Niednagel stepped in for Golden Valley and issued a four-pitch walk to Austin Rodriguez, scoring Andru Cardenas to make it a 5-1 Saugus advantage.

“We really didn’t get outhit,” said Golden Valley head coach Scott Drootin. “(Saugus) got a couple hits, but we walked guys with the bases loaded. We’ve just got to help ourselves out.”

Saugus also took advantage of a bases-loaded, no out situation in the third, scoring runs on back-to-back groundouts by Rodriguez and Donatella.

Nick Shrode had a pinch-hit RBI double in the fifth inning and Saugus added a pair of unearned runs in the sixth.

“You’ve got to make sure you’re scratching and clawing for that next run,” Maggiora said.

Billy Fredrick came across the plate for the Grizzlies’ lone run of the game when Equan Martin reached on an error while Fredrick scored from third.

Golden Valley’s biggest threat came in the seventh inning when it loaded the bases with one out.

Jaiden France hit into a game-ending double play.

The Centurions are now tied with Valencia for third place in league and are still in the thick of the title race.

“I still don’t feel like we’ve peaked as a team,” Donatella said.


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