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West Ranch baseball smothers Grizzlies

Posted: April 23, 2014 9:15 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2014 9:15 p.m.

West Ranch baseball dominated Golden Valley on Wednesday at Golden Valley High 13-0.

Hard-throwing Jake Bird surrendered just one hit in six innings, striking out eight, and everybody in the Wildcats starting lineup had at least one hit.

But for all the good that West Ranch (12-7 overall, 5-3 Foothill League) did on Wednesday, it also underscored just how much the Grizzlies are struggling.

Golden Valley (4-16, 0-8) has scored only eight runs in eight Foothill League games.

“Yeah I am alarmed,” said Golden Valley first-year head coach Gino Pomilia. “This league is unforgiving. You’ve got to go beat these teams. That’s a sign of a great league. I take my hat off to the players and teams of this league. You can’t sit back and wait for someone to make a play. You have to raise the level of your play.”

It wasn’t until the seventh inning when Golden Valley had two baserunners in an inning, and that was off reliever Jonathan Whiteside, who allowed a single to Andrei Carballo and walked Josh Lampariello with one out.

Whiteside got the next two batters out to end the game.

West Ranch sent 11 batters to the plate in a seven-run second inning.

Cade Spurlin’s RBI double was the only extra-base hit in the inning.

West Ranch added two more runs in the fourth inning ignited by a Nick Ruffino triple.

Ruffino’s two-run double in the sixth inning was the big hit in a four-run sixth.

Ruffino had three RBIs in the game.

These teams meet again Friday at West Ranch High.

Pomilia acknowledged that his team will have to get a good pitched game, be aggressive offensively and do all it can to not fall ahead early.

Those things plagued the Grizzlies Wednesday.


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