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Three teams could end up atop the Foothill League baseball standings

West Ranch, Hart win on Tuesday

Posted: May 7, 2013 10:19 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2013 10:19 p.m.
 

 

The door was just left open for West Ranch Wildcats baseball.

And thanks to an early six-run rally against the Saugus Centurions, West Ranch walked through it.

The Wildcats beat Saugus 11-4 on Tuesday at West Ranch High to move into a tie for first place in the Foothill League with one game to play.

West Ranch came into the day one game behind Canyon for the league lead, but a Canyon loss to Valencia on Tuesday put both teams at 9-5 in league.

Valencia sits one game behind at 8-6, which means all three could potentially win the Foothill crown.

“It’s kind of what we all thought would happen, and it is happening,” said West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill. “Here we are with three teams with a chance to win it.”

West Ranch (15-9 overall, 9-5 Foothill League) went right to work on Tuesday with six runs in the second inning to take control of the game with a 6-1 lead.

Saugus (12-13-1, 7-7) helped get the inning going by committing two early errors. From there, the Wildcats came alive with the bats.

Tyler Woldanski drove in two runs with a double in the inning, and Brandon Silva, Jagger Rusconi and J.D. Krauskopf each tacked on RBI singles for West Ranch.

Woldanski finished with three RBIs and Silva had two on his 2-for-2 day.

“We just have to keep swinging the bats like we did today and stay confident,” Bird said.

Saugus answered back with two runs in the third and another in the fourth to cut the lead to 6-4, but the Wildcats pulled away with continued timely hitting as the game wore on.

West Ranch starting pitcher Jake Bird didn’t go deep enough into the game to earn the win, but he kept Saugus at bay through 3 1/3 innings and helped himself out with a 2-for-3, two-RBI day at the plate.

Bird hit an RBI single in the fourth inning to help West Ranch extend its lead to 8-4 and he brought home another run on a sixth-inning single.

Saugus starter Chris Danielson pitched five innings and gave up three runs on eight hits. Just three of the runs were earned, thanks largely to five Saugus errors.

“You make (that many) errors in the game, you’re going to have a tough time getting the W,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora.

Hart 3,

Golden Valley 1

The Hart Indians took care of the part they could handle on Tuesday, defeating Golden Valley 3-1 at Golden Valley High School.

But the win wasn’t enough to keep their postseason hopes alive, as Valencia’s victory over Canyon likely eliminates the Indians from playoff contention.

The highest Hart can hope to finish in the final Foothill League standings is a third-place tie with Valencia, but their 1-2 season series record with the Vikings would leave Hart without one of the league’s three automatic playoff spots.

The Indians sub-.500 overall record means they are likely ineligible for an at-large spot.

On Tuesday, the Indians broke a 1-1 tie when Austin Ross singled home Dayton Provost in the fifth inning for the eventual winning run.

Hart would pad the lead the next inning on a solo home run by Baggio Saldivar.

Saldivar was 3-for-3 on the day with two RBIs.

Nick Tejeda pitched for Golden Valley, allowing six hits and three runs in five innings for the loss.

Chad Haslock earned the win for Hart, pitching a complete game and allowing just one run on two hits with seven strikeouts and five walks.

“Really excited about Haslock again,” said Hart head coach Jim Ozella. “He threw a two hitter today, last week a one hitter against West Ranch. Before that he beat Valencia. He’s really pitched well in the second half of the league season, really excited about how he’s turned things around.”

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