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Foothill baseball: West Ranch kills rally

Wildcats had lost two straight league games

Posted: April 21, 2010 10:35 p.m.
Updated: April 22, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Down four runs with bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the seventh, the Canyon baseball team had an opportunity to win its first league game of the season against West Ranch on Wednesday.

Instead, Wildcats reliever Matt Blake struck out one and his teammates turned a double play to preserve the 6-2 win, giving West Ranch the victory and handing Canyon its 23rd straight Foothill League loss.

"We had two great pitching performances today," said West Ranch coach Brady Burrill. "Allen (Sarkissian) was great on the mound and then Matt Blake came in and kept throwing strikes."

Sarkissian threw six innings, striking out three, scattering four hits and hitting one batter before Blake came in for relief in the seventh inning with two on base.

"I was just trying to throw all in the zone, let them hit and make my defense work," Sarkissian said.

The Wildcats' defense committed two errors in the game, but also turned two double plays, shutting down Canyon's scoring opportunities.

"We got a handful of hits and walks, but we need some clutch base hits," said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer. "Without those, we only get two runs."

West Ranch (13-6, 5-3) had nine hits in the game, led by shortstop Randy Poe, who was 2-for-3 with a two-RBI double in the second inning.

"I knew (Canyon pitcher Icezack Flemming) was going to come after me because I was late in the order," Poe said. "I tried to jump on the first fastball he threw me."

Schulhofer said his team's lack of timely hits was compounded by defensive errors.

"We probably gave them three of those runs," Schulhofer said. "That doesn't help us, either."

Flemming threw a full game, striking out three, walking two and hitting one batter.

West Ranch jumped ahead with a 4-0 lead in the second inning fueled by a single by Hunter Hernandez and Poe's double.

The Cowboys (4-14-1, 0-8) were able to get two back in the fourth inning, highlighted by Canyon catcher Patrick Roxbury starting things off with a single up the middle, followed by him stealing second base on a pitch in the dirt. Kyle Froehlich singled, scoring Roxbury. Canyon plated another run on a double play, cutting the West Ranch lead to 4-2.

West Ranch scored two more runs in the sixth inning, with an RBI-single by Nico Rusconi and a passed ball.

Roxbury said that his team is playing better, but they need to start finishing.

"We need a different mental approach," Roxbury said. "We need to come out expecting to win, instead of fighting it."


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