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VIBL: Cents get less from mound

Saugus pitchers give up nine runs in loss

Posted: July 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Pitching was the Achilles’ heel for Saugus in a Valley Invitational Baseball League game Tuesday at Saugus High.

After giving up four runs in the second and three more in the fourth inning, the deficit was too much to overcome for the Centurions as they ended up falling to Royal 9-4.

“We struggled on the mound out there today,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora. “Our No. 1 didn’t have his stuff, so we decided to go to a committee to keep everybody fresh.”

Saugus starting pitcher Chase Wheatcroft gave up five hits and four runs in his two innings of work.

Chris Danielson also struggled on the mound for Saugus (8-6-1). Danielson gave up three runs on three hits in just one inning.

Roy Verdejo and Tyler Wheatcroft pitched well in relief for the Centurions, each working one scoreless inning.

However, good defense by Saugus was overshadowed by the final score.

With the bases loaded in the top of the first, third baseman Timmy Kahovec made a nice diving play to his right and got up to record a force out at third base to get the Cents out of the inning.

In the second, right fielder Caden Salkeld made a diving catch to rob Royal’s Brandon Grimes of an extra-base hit and save more damage.

“We play really good defense out there. That’s one thing we’ve greatly improved on since the summer started,” Maggiora said.

Offensively, the Centurions tallied 14 hits in the game but just two went for extra bases.

“We need to work on getting hits in the clutch,” Maggiora said. “I was very pleased with the production from the bottom of the order though. Numbers six through nine in the lineup are all incoming freshman.”

Varsity newcomers including Salkeld, Joey Mendez, Danny Cuevas and Rudy Aguilar combined for six hits in the game.

Returning varsity starters Chris Devery and Nick Warren helped the Centurions cut into the Royal (11-3) lead in the seventh.

Following a Devery one-out single, Warren doubled to deep center field to score Devery.

Warren advanced to third on a wild pitch and came around to score off a Mendez single, making it a 9-4 ball game.
Saugus plays its final regular season VIBL game Thursday at home against Camarillo before the playoff brackets are released Saturday.

“This is what summer is all about.” Maggiora said. “It’s a learning experience, and we want to get something positive out of everyday.”

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