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Canyon baseball sweeps Golden Valley

Posted: May 2, 2014 10:44 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2014 10:44 p.m.

The Canyon Cowboys baseball team has endured its fair share of struggles this season, but it wasn’t about to hand Golden Valley its first league win of the season on Friday afternoon at Canyon High School.

The Cowboys turned an early deficit around with a five-run fourth inning and withstood a late Grizzlies rally to win 10-6 and sweep the season series with Golden Valley.

“I’m happy we were able to continue swinging the bats well,” said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer. “Golden Valley had guys on pretty much every inning and were always threatening to score. They did a good job.”

Trailing 1-0 after the first on an RBI ground out from Jaiden France to score Josh Lampariello, the Cowboys (8-13-1 overall, 3-7 Foothill League) took a 2-1 lead in the third on no hits.

With the bases loaded due to an error and two walks, Canyon tied the score when Jarrett Ellis was hit by a pitch, and took the 3-2 lead when Austin Ragusin walked.

“You can’t force a flower to blossom and that’s kind of what’s going on here,” said Golden Valley head coach Gino Pomilia. “It’s there, we just haven’t been able to get it yet. And my goodness at the plate we’re hitting the ball, we stole bases, we did double steals, we ran pretty good. You can’t give them eight base runners, you just can’t do that. That’s the kiss of death. Let them hit, then there’s no regrets.”

Ellis finished with a Canyon team-high two RBIs and went 1-for-2 with a walk.

France was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored for Golden Valley (4-19, 0-11).

“That was important for us to not chase bad pitches at that time,” Schulhofer said. “Then we had the one inning where we lined up a couple base hits in a row.”

The Cowboys exploded for five in the fourth when Canyon batted around on France, who relieved starting pitcher John Mark Niednagel in the fourth.

Blake Leidholdt took the mound for Canyon, tossing six innings and allowing three earned runs on 10 hits with four strike outs.

Leidholdt also provided a big hit in the Cowboys’ fourth, doubling home Joey Reagan.

“He did a great job of getting ahead of hitters,” Schulhofer said. “He was ahead of almost half the hitters he faced. He scattered 10, but he pitched out of trouble.”

The Grizzlies rallied in the ninth, down 10-3, with France bringing home two runs on a two-RBI double and Lukas Granado’s RBI single, pulling Golden Valley within four runs.

“I was pleased with how they came back,” Pomilia said. “They kept swinging the bat. This is the thing that is developing, what we did in the seventh inning is exactly what’s developing, and that is never give up. They had fight in them in the seventh inning and I’m very proud of it.”

But Granado was doubled up on Jordan Garrett’s foul out to end the threat and give Canyon the victory.

Golden Valley will move on to face Hart on Wednesday and next Friday, still looking for its first league victory of the season.


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