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Saugus wins VIBL championship

Posted: July 24, 2014 10:31 p.m.
Updated: July 24, 2014 10:31 p.m.

 

LAKE BALBOA — It’s July. But come next spring, the Foothill League’s going to have a lot of problems with Saugus.

The Centurions defeated El Camino Real 3-0 Thursday night at Birmingham High to win the Valley Invitational Baseball League championship.

Saugus leaned on its superb pitching staff to limit ECR to four hits in the game.

Caden Maher started and went four innings, allowing three hits and two walks, while striking out four.

Chase Wheatcroft struck out four in two innings, including striking out the side in the sixth. He surrendered one hit and a walk.

Robert Winslow came in the seventh and blew gas, striking out the first two batters he saw, then inducing a ground out to end the game.

Saugus went 15-5 in VIBL play.

The Cents’ pitching staff didn’t allow more than three runs in any of those wins.

Consider this about how good Saugus could be with it’s pitching next spring — both Foothill Pitcher of the Year Anthony Donatella and all-leaguer Eric Little pitched less than 10 innings each in VIBL play.

That’s how deep this staff is.

“They’re going to carry us, those five seniors,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora of next season. “I’m excited. If they do what they do and we play defense and score runs, we’ll be good.”

Saugus plated a run in the fourth inning with a Tyler Grissom RBI single.

The Cents added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh with a Joey Mendez RBI single and Andrius Polikaitis scored on a passed ball.

“For these guys it’s how to finish,” said Maggiora on what can be taken from this VIBL title. “Yeah it’s the summer. But next year when we’re in the heat of battle we can remember, ‘You can finish.’”

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