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Saugus scores 13 runs in first two innings to beat G.V. 13-6

Posted: April 17, 2013 9:55 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2013 9:55 p.m.

Golden Valley's Billy Fredrick (21) trails Saugus baserunner Caden Salkeld as he heads for third base on a hit during Wednesday's game at at Golden Valley High.

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It’s funny what one Foothill League victory can do.

It can make opponents pay better attention to you.

And it could make opponents take you more seriously.

Saugus Centurions baseball defeated Golden Valley 13-6 on Wednesday at Golden Valley High, five days after the Grizzlies’ signature victory of the season.

All 13 of those runs came in the first two innings, with 10 coming in a marathon second.

“We came in with a little more focus, but we go into every game focused,” said Saugus catcher Nick Warren, who hit a two-run home run in the first inning.

That’s a given, but Golden Valley (2-17 overall, 1-7 Foothill League) became a much more dangerous team with Friday’s win over a Valencia team that came into that contest tied for first place in the Foothill league.

The Grizzlies didn’t have a league win this season going into that game.

Saugus (10-9-1, 5-3), which also fell out of a first-place tie with a loss Friday, jumped back into a tie for first with Wednesday’s win.

The Centurions battered Golden Valley starter Cole Bygum and his replacement, John Mark Niednagel, in the second.

With a 3-0 lead, Saugus scored its first two runs of the inning on a three-base error by Golden Valley, then Chris Devery hit a two-run home run.

With Bygum out and three batters later, Roy Verdejo hit a three-run home run.

The final two runs scored on a bases-loaded walk and a hit batsman.

“With them, the only objective was to score early and often,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora of Golden Valley.

With a 13-0 lead, Saugus starting pitcher Chris Danielson found a comfort zone.

Through five innings, he allowed just one run on a single by Lukas Granado.

In the sixth, Golden Valley started to get to him, first scoring a run on a Billy Fredrick double, then on a two-run home run by Nick Tejeda that cut the deficit to 13-4.

Golden Valley’s bullpen of Stephen Gilliland, Bryce Shea and Tejeda held the Centurions hitless in the final four innings, then the Grizzlies kept the offense going in the seventh.

They loaded the bases in the seventh, scoring on a walk and a hit batsman. But Saugus’ Caden Salkeld ended the game striking out the side.

“The guys wouldn’t quit,” said Golden Valley head coach Scott Drootin.

These two teams meet for the last time this year at Saugus High on Friday.

 

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