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Valencia baseball causes gridlock

Posted: April 23, 2014 9:16 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2014 9:16 p.m.

The Valencia baseball team is on a roll.

After taking two games against West Ranch last week, the Vikings turned their attention to the Foothill League’s first-place team Hart.

Valencia plated eight runs in the first two innings on its way to beating the Indians 10-6 at Valencia High on Wednesday.

Hart (15-3-1 overall, 6-2 Foothill League) scored a run on an error in the top of the first, but Valencia’s Keston Hiura made sure the lead was short-lived when he tied the score with a leadoff solo home run to left-center field off of Hart starter Chad Haslock.

That was just the beginning of the rough day Haslock would have.

After singles by Devon Davis and Chad Bible, catcher Anthony Lepre plated Davis and moved Bible to third with a single to left.

Bible then came home on a wild pitch and Lepre scored on a Scott Ogrin single to give the Vikings a 4-1 lead at the end of one.

Haslock would only pitch 1 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits.

“Things are rolling now and it feels good,” said Bible, who had a double and a home run and finished the game 3-for-3 with four runs scored and a RBI. “It’s good to get into the bullpen after the second inning.

“I don’t think we can be beat right now. I don’t see us losing many more games after this.”

Hart cut the lead to one when Dayton Provost brought Pearson Good and Wes Fitzpatrick home with a single, but the Vikings put any thought of a comeback to rest with another four runs in the second on a Davis RBI single and a three-run homer from Hunter Holland.

In all, Valencia (12-7, 6-2) had 13 hits against five different Hart pitchers.

“We’ve been playing good baseball the last couple of weeks,” said Valencia interim head coach Mike Killinger. “Hopefully we can continue to have that good feeling. Our guys were very aggressive at the plate and they didn’t really miss a whole bunch of pitches.”

Down 9-3, Hart tried to bring itself back with a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth, but was unable to get much going in the final two innings.

Provost led the Indians offensively, finishing the day 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored.

“Give them credit. They got us in their yard,” said Hart head coach Jim Ozella. “We got in a situation where we had to keep making changes and that’s the way it goes. I liked our at-bats and I thought we were in it. We had some shots to do some things but it didn’t work out.”

With the win, Valencia moved itself into a three-way tie for first with Hart and Saugus.

Hart will host Valencia at 3:15 p.m. on Friday for the rubber match of the series.


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