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Canyon baseball takes out the drama against G.V.

Cowboys score 13 runs in first three innings of win

Posted: May 1, 2013 10:56 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2013 10:56 p.m.
 

The Canyon Cowboys have been involved in a lot of wild games in recent weeks in Foothill League play.

That made Wednesday’s 13-2 rout of the Golden Valley Grizzlies that much sweeter at Canyon High School.

Canyon got its offense going early, scoring all 13 runs in the first three innings to quickly take the drama out of the game.

“It take a lot of the stress off,” said Canyon pitcher Jon Dicey, who pitched his first complete-game of league play.

The win, coupled with West Ranch’s loss on Wednesday, put the Cowboys (16-8 overall, 8-4 Foothill League) back into a tie for first place in league.

Canyon did it in its typical fashion by finding ways to get runners on base, taking advantage of errors and bringing runs home with clutch hitting.

Vincent Fitzgerald drove in four runs for Canyon on a 2-for-3 day hitting while teammate Justin Stark was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Both players helped keep a three-run rally going in the first inning off Golden Valley starter Josh Baldacci.

The Grizzlies senior struggled to keep the ball in the strike zone as he was pulled from the game after just 1 1/3 innings, during which he allowed six runs to score, four of them earned.

“Our pitcher for the first time this year didn’t have his great stuff, so I don’t know if our guys were caught up in that,” said Golden Valley head coach Scott Drootin. “They’re used to him coming in and throwing strikes and striking guys out.”

Canyon scored seven total runs in the second inning to make it a 10-0 score, which was extended to 13-0 after the third.

Most of Canyon’s starters were taken out of the game after that.

Dicey, on the other hand, went the distance and gave up the two runs, one earned off six hits and four walks. He struck out five in the game.

“The kid was great. He battled, he threw strikes, he stayed composed,” said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer. “It’s nice that we were able to get some runs for him early. That’s a great outing for him.”

Golden Valley (3-20, 2-10) scored both of its runs in the sixth inning on an RBI single by James Mendoza and a bases-loaded by Andrei Carballo.

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