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Valencia baseball gets no-hitter, walk-off win

Luke Soroko throws the third no-hitter in Valencia history; Colton Burns hits game-winning triple

Posted: April 26, 2013 11:02 p.m.
Updated: April 26, 2013 11:02 p.m.

Valencia senior pitcher Luke Soroko delivers to Hart on Friday at Valencia High School. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea.

 

The Valencia Vikings baseball team has lost five of their last seven Foothill League games.

“We’ve been preaching that the seniors have to step up for this thing to turn around,” said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder.

Valencia seniors Luke Soroko and Colton Burns stepped up in a big way Friday.

Soroko threw the third no-hitter in Viking history, and Burns hit a walk-off triple in the seventh in a 1-0 win over the Hart Indians at Valencia High School.

Soroko struck out six and allowed four base runners via three walks and an error. But due to poor Hart base running, he faced only 22 batters, one over the minimum, in seven innings on 96 pitches.

“I was trying to win every inning. I knew they were throwing a great pitcher and I just had to keep it close and ended up throwing a no-hitter,” Soroko said. “I’m more excited about the win than the no-hitter to be honest.”

The Indians (8-14 overall, 4-7 Foothill League) beat Valencia on a walk-off home run at Hart on Wednesday. On Friday, Valencia (14-9, 6-5) got its revenge.

Hart starter Aaron Hamilton allowed Valencia four hits through the first six innings, before an error and a wild pitch set up Burns’ heroics.

“It was outstanding,” said Hart head coach Jim Ozella about Hamilton’s outing. “To pitch in this yard and give up one run with the wind blowing out today, he was outstanding.”

While Hamilton was outstanding on the mound, the seventh inning for Hart was anything but.

In the top half of the seventh, Hart had a runner picked off at second, a batter called out for running into his own bunt in fair territory and a runner, who didn’t slide, thrown out trying to steal third.

“We shot ourselves in the foot with our base running in the seventh inning,” Ozella said. “The seventh inning was a nightmare. It was just a nightmare.”

But it wasn’t just the seventh inning. Hart had a hitter pop into a double play at second after a baserunner failed to get back to the bag in time in the second inning and another runner caught stealing in the sixth. And with the way Soroko located his change-up, Hart didn’t get many other opportunities.

“I definitely got my change-up down in the pen the past couple weeks and it has been my go-to pitch,” Soroko said. “I can throw it in any count.”

With the win, Valencia takes the season series from Hart two games to one, something Snyder values. But the Vikings will need to win their next two series’ with Saugus and Canyon if they want to make a run at the Foothill League title.

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