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Saugus baseball saved by seniors

Big days from three veteran hitters help Saugus edge Hart

Posted: April 10, 2013 10:18 p.m.
Updated: April 10, 2013 10:18 p.m.

Saugus senior Chris Devery (10) hits a grand-slam against Hart at Saugus High on Wednesday.

 

Experience produced for Saugus Centurions baseball on Wednesday.

The trio of seniors in the lineup, Dylan Freyre, Chris Devery, and Nick Warren, accounted for all seven Centurion runs as Saugus held off the Hart Indians 7-6 at Saugus High to move into a first-place tie atop of the Foothill League standings.
“They have been through the battles,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora regarding the three seniors. “They’ve all played in around 80 varsity games (each), so they’ve been in these situations before.”

Every situation is important with the Foothill League as tight as it is now — Saugus, Canyon, West Ranch and Valencia all sit at 4-2.

Saugus (9-8-1 overall) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as Warren hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.

Warren finished the game 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and was a triple short of the cycle.

After Hart (6-11, 2-4) cut the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the second, Saugus responded by loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the third.

Hart’s starting pitcher Jack Ralston was removed after loading the bases, and was replaced by Josh Randall.

Two pitches later, Saugus led 6-1 as Devery cleared the bases with a grand slam over the fence in left-centerfield.

“It felt great to come through in a close game, put some more runs on the board, and give our pitcher some more breathing room,” Devery said.

A sacrifice fly by Freyre to score Anthony Donatella in the bottom of the fifth made the score 7-1.

The Indians scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 7-5.

Dayton Provost ignited the rally with a double down the first base line, and Colby Kaneshiro capped off the scoring with a two-run single to score Baggio Saldivar and Chad Haslock.

The Indians scored one in the top of the seventh, but the game ended with Saldivar stranded at second base.

“We’re tying to move runners over and get guys in scoring position,” said Hart head coach Jim Ozella. “We also need some (pitchers) to step up and put some zeros on the scoreboard for us.”

Of Hart’s six Foothill League games in 2013, five have been decided by one run.

The Indians are 2-3 in those games.

“We’ve got to get ahead and play our game,” Ozella said about his expectations for Friday. “We can’t get behind by too many runs because then we can’t do some of the things we like to do, like running.”

Saugus and Hart will conclude the season series Friday at Hart.

Since 2011, five of the past seven meetings between the schools have been decided by one run.

 

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