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Saugus baseball does number on Golden Valley

Centurions' pitching overshadowed by offensive onslaught

Posted: March 15, 2013 10:35 p.m.
Updated: March 15, 2013 10:35 p.m.

Lost in a 15-1 pounding of the Golden Valley Grizzlies on Friday at Saugus High School was the pitching of Saugus Centurions pitcher Chris Danielson.

Golden Valley (1-6 overall, 0-2 Foothill League) certainly has some offensive threats, but the senior pitcher breezed through the Grizzlies lineup in his five innings of work.

He allowed no runs, just three hits, walked two and struck out five.

“We put up 15, but he went five innings, and that’s a team who hit three home runs the last game and he gives up just three hits,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora.

Golden Valley hasn’t been the team that head coach Scott Drootin expected before Foothill League play began.

It has now been outscored 25-4 in two Foothill games.

The Grizzlies didn’t score until a sixth-inning solo home run by sophomore Lukas Granado, who was also one of three

Golden Valley players who hit a home run against Valencia on Wednesday.

Granado’s Friday home run came with Golden Valley down 14-0.

“They came out and they bullied us. They socked us in the mouth, and we did nothing to respond,” Drootin said. “It’s not that we don’t have kids with talent. We have to have some kids with some pride.”

Drootin said he plans on making some personnel changes for the second week of Foothill League play.

Meanwhile, Saugus is off to a promising start.

The Centurions (6-3, 2-0) lost a lead late against Hart on Wednesday, then won in extra innings.

On Friday, they did it in much quicker fashion.

Saugus led 2-0 after one inning, then poured it on with an eight-run third.

Ten batters reached base before an out was recorded.

In the inning, Roy Verdejo had a two-run single and Joey Mendez later hit a three-run home run.

Mendez was 2-for-4 in the game with four RBIs.

Saugus got five more runs in the fifth inning, keyed by a two-run single by Dylan Freyre.

He was 2-for-5 in the game with three RBIs.

Rex Kemple was 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI.

Caden Salkeld, the son of former Saugus great and former Major League pitcher Roger Salkeld, finished on the mound for Saugus.

He surrendered the Granado home run, but the freshman also struck out four batters in his two innings of work.


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