Gaspar Macalutas knows better than to fall into the trap.
There is only one member of Hart High's baseball team who is not a junior or a senior.
And against Canyon, he came up with the biggest hit.
The wind made things difficult for Golden Valley on Friday, but for Saugus the answer to the blustery day was simple.
"All we wanted our guys to do was put the ball in play," said Saugus head coach John Maggiora. "We had a feeling that good things would happen if we did."
If the thought was that the departure of one rising star would leave a void with the Valencia High baseball team, then that thought was clearly wrong.
Exit one rising star, enter a new one.
When Corey Yamaoka and Harry Lee won the first doubles match of the day, Canyon High School head coach Kent Ganevsky had no reason to think the 6-2 tennis victory was anything remarkable.
As early favorites in their respective Foothill League races, the Canyon boys and Saugus girls each faced one of their biggest tests on Thursday.
When the big bats are struggling, West Ranch's lineup is still potent enough to give the other teams fits.
When those bats are hot, the Wildcats are nearly unstoppable.
With key dual meets on the horizon and the Foothill League finals still six weeks away, West Ranch swimming wanted a chance to try out some new things with its lineup.
And with Golden Valley missing several swimmers due to injuries, the time was right.
There were plenty of things for Valencia head coach Jared Snyder to be happy about Wednesday.
In selecting highlights, Snyder could have chosen the home runs by Trey Williams and Shane Zeile, his team's five-run first or either of two eight-run innings. He could have pointed to pitcher Brennan Bernadino's solid five innings or any of his team's 22 hits in a 22-4 Foothill League victory over Golden Valley.
Hart swimming knew that Saugus could be dangerous, particularly at the Foothill League meet at the end of the season.
Wednesday, the Centurions showed why.
To borrow a line, "The toughest out is the last out."
Ending the Saugus girls' four-year run atop Foothill League track and field is a tough task.
But the rest of the teams know where to start.
Just about every individual Foothill League champion in boys track and field last season graduated.
Defending league champion Saugus also lost several talented athletes.
Athletes often have to pace themselves and remember that the season is a marathon, not a sprint.
For Canyon junior Darius Rudolph, it's just the opposite.
Last year, West Ranch challenged Valencia for the Foothill League tennis title.
This season, the Wildcats will be challenged to overcome their youth.
New rules issued by CIF State will limit practice time across the board for high school athletics, but local coaches don't expect much of an impact going forward.
Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang advanced to the CIF/SCGA Regional State Qualifier (or the Southern California championship) with a 3-over 74 on Tuesday at the CIF-Southern Section Boys Golf Individual Championship.
NORWALK - Winning wasn't the priority on Friday.
This "youth" label kept getting in the way of Santa Clarita Christian baseball considering itself a bona fide CIF-championship caliber team this season.
For Brett Molster, it isn't about setting a record or basking in the glory.
There's only one grueling, high-intensity step to go to reach the CIF State Track and Field Championships.
The boys from West Ranch had one last milestone in them at Thursday's CIF-Southern Section Individual Tennis Sectionals.