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Saugus baseball wins in atypical fashion

Centurions take advantage of Valencia errors to win pitcher’s duel

Posted: May 1, 2013 10:53 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2013 10:53 p.m.

Saugus High's Rex Kemple rounds third base on his way to scoring on Wednesday at Valencia High School. Photo by Jonathan Pobre.

 

Not often in baseball does the winning team combine for less hits than the opposition, while also having its starting pitcher allow more earned runs than the losing team’s starting pitcher.

But that’s exactly the formula the Saugus Centurions used to defeat the Valencia Vikings 3-2 on Wednesday at Valencia High School.

Although Valencia’s J.D. Busfield allowed no earned runs, Saugus starting pitcher Chris Danielson picked up the victory as he scattered eight hits over his complete-game effort.

“He pitched outstanding,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora. “He threw strikes and made pitches when he needed to. I thought he competed his butt off today.”

Danielson’s complete-game victory over the Vikings is his second of the season.

The senior left-hander allowed two earned runs, and recorded six strikeouts in the Centurions’ 4-3 victory over Valencia (14-10 overall, 6-6 Foothill League) back on March 22.

He finished Wednesday’s outing by allowing two earned runs, one walk, with three strikeouts.
“No fear,” Danielson said regarding his mindset on the mound. “Just because the big, purple ‘V’ is coming up, doesn’t mean anything.”

Valencia hung around as Busfield allowed just two hits, with two walks and three strikeouts across six innings of work.
“He was great as usual,” said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder. “He gives us everything he has, we just didn’t make the plays behind him today.”
Two errors by the Viking defense led to two unearned runs off Busfield in the fourth inning for Saugus (12-11-1, 7-5).

Valencia outhit Saugus 7-3.

With runners on first and second with one-out, a tailor-made double-play ground ball off the bat of Chris Devery went underneath the glove of second baseman A.J. Balta.

On the play, Saugus took a 1-0 lead as the miscue allowed Rex Kemple to score from second, while Dylan Freyre advanced to third.

Moments later, Freyre came home to score on an errant throw by Busfield.

With Devery stuck in a pickle between first and second base, Busfield threw the ball over the first basemen’s head, which allowed Devery to coast into third, and Freyre to advance home for the 2-0 advantage.

Saugus added a needed insurance run in the seventh when Caden Salkeld brought home Joey Mendez on groundout.

That made the score 3-1, which was good enough to hold off Valencia’s rally in the bottom of the seventh.

With the loss, the Vikings drop down to fourth in the Foothill League, two games behind Canyon and West Ranch, while Saugus sits in third-place, one game behind the leaders.
Saugus and Valencia will conclude its season series Friday at Saugus.

“It’s a huge game for us, and we know what the objective is,” Maggiora said. “It’s nice to win a series, but at this time of the year all we’re focused on is getting wins.”

 

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