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Prep baseball: Valencia's summer season comes to an end

Posted: July 28, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 28, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

With the Valley Invitational Baseball League finals in sight, Saugus lost in the semifinals to Loyola 4-1 Friday at Saugus High.


Both teams received great starting pitching, as Saugus’s Eric Little pitched four no-hit innings and Loyola’s Quinn Brodey allowed one run in five innings on the mound.


Little finished with four strikeouts and two walks.


Brodey issued five hits with five strikeouts and two walks.


Little’s four no-hit innings marked the second time in as many starts he allowed no hits, after pitching five scoreless, no-hit innings in a 2-1 Saugus (10-7-1) victory over Moorpark in the second round of the VIBL playoffs on Monday.
“We challenged Eric after his last game to come back and deliver,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora. “He executed out there today and kept us in the game.”


In the top of the fifth, Loyola (10-7-1) broke the scoreless tie when Cole Malloy singled to score Henry Stellwagen against Saugus pitcher Chris Danielson.


Malloy came around to score as the next batter, Joe Viole, hit an RBI-double to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead.
Saugus would answer in the bottom half of the frame.


Brendan Griffith reached base after a walk, and scored on a two-out RBI double by Jonah Kapp to cut the deficit to 2-1.


Loyola added insurance in the top of the sixth as Brandon Caruso and Jack Gillmore hit back-to-back, two-out RBI doubles to extend the lead to 4-1.


“We got all of our hits today with two outs,” said Loyola head coach Brian Felton. “We see those as being damaging swings, so it was good to see the kids getting hits in timely situations.”


With the win, Loyola will play Chatsworth in the VIBL finals at Birmingham on Monday night.


As for the Centurions, they begin their long lay-off before the regular season begins in the spring.


“Summer has been all about getting better,” Maggiora said. “We’ve improved both on the mound and defensively. We had 26 errors in our first nine games, compared to 11 in our last 11 games down the stretch.”

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