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Canyon comes from behind to beat Saugus 6-4

Posted: April 24, 2013 9:37 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 2013 9:37 p.m.
 

 

When you’re a winning team, the bounces seem to go your way.

But if you ask the Canyon Cowboys baseball team, they’ll say they just keep finding ways to get the job done.

Either way, the Cowboys capped off another incredible comeback by erasing a four-run deficit and eventually beating the Saugus Centurions 6-4 on Wednesday at Saugus High School.

Canyon scored all six of its runs in the seventh inning after trailing 4-0 most of the game.

“I can’t really give an explanation,” said Canyon senior Chris Serrano of his team’s ability to rally. “We don’t give up. If there’s an out left, we’re not going to give up.”

It was Serrano’s two-out infield single that allowed the game-tying and go-ahead runs to score in the seventh. Eleven Canyon batters came to the plate during the rally, which included six hits, two walks and an error.

The win keeps Canyon (15-7 overall, 7-3 Foothill League) tied for first in league with West Ranch.

After dropping its second straight heart-breaking loss, Saugus remains tied for third in league and falls two games behind the leaders.

“Speechless, speechless and speechless,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora of the game. The Centurions (10-11-1, 5-5) also surrendered a late four-run lead in Friday’s 6-5 loss to Golden Valley.

The comeback on Wednesday was a slow grind for Canyon, which battled deep into counts and hit the ball in all the right spots to get runners on base. All six of the inning’s hits were singles.

“It was balls that just kind of get through,” Maggiora said. “It’s disheartening for these kids.”

Canyon’s Jon Dicey was the winning pitcher after tossing the final five innings of the game in relief of starter Blake Leidholdt.

Dicey shut down Saugus, allowing just two hits and zero runs while striking out five.

“He was incredible,” said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer. “To hold us at four (runs behind) and give us a chance to come back, that’s incredible. What more could you ask?”

Saugus also had a strong pitching performance from starter Chris Danielson, who was pulled from the game after allowing the first two batters of the seventh on base.

Danielson was credited with two earned runs off seven hits, including two walks and two strikeouts.

The bulk of Canyon’s damage was done off Saugus reliever Dylan Freyre, who allowed RBI singles by Jason Rowe and Max Weinstein and issued a bases-loaded walk to Cole Mears.

With Saugus still leading 4-3, that set up Serrano’s at-bat with two outs and the bases loaded. Serrano hit an 0-2 slider slowly toward third base, where Timmy Kahovec had to make a tough play to try to throw out the Canyon hitter.

Kahovec’s throw sailed by first base, allowing a second run to score and putting Canyon in front 5-4. Micah Moyle capped off the scoring with an RBI single.

Saugus scored two runs in each of the first two innings. Sophomore and JV call-up Troy Williams went 2-for-4 with and RBI single in the second in his first varsity game of the season.

Nick Warren and Joey Mendez also drove in a run apiece for the Centurions.

 

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