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Foothill League baseball: Trey’s trey day

Williams sets Valencia home run record in Vikings’ big win

Posted: April 28, 2010 9:56 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Valencia’s Trey Williams (25) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run on Wednesday at West Ranch High. Valencia’s Trey Williams (25) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run on Wednesday at West Ranch High.
Valencia’s Trey Williams (25) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run on Wednesday at West Ranch High.
His name is Trey, as in the slang for the number three.

On Wednesday, sophomore slugger Trey Williams set a Valencia High single-game record with three home runs in leading the Vikings to a 15-5 win over West Ranch at West Ranch High in a significant contest for both teams.

Had West Ranch (14-7, 6-4) won, the teams would be tied for the Foothill League lead.

Now Valencia (13-8-1, 8-2) has a two-game cushion and a wave of momentum, thanks in large part to Williams.

“I’d say amazing. Spectacular,” said teammate Quincy Quintero on Williams’ performance.

It wasn’t just that he hit three home runs, it’s how he hit them.

In the second inning, he gave the Vikings a 5-2 lead with a two-run home run to left-center field.

In the third, he blasted a three-run home run to the batting cage behind the fence in left field for a 9-2 Valencia lead.

The trifecta came in the sixth, after he was intentionally walked with a runner already on first base in the fourth. Williams hit a line drive, that couldn’t have risen much higher than 10 feet, to the deepest part of the park in center field.

Williams was 3-for-4 with six RBIs, an offensive explosion after a power outage.

The sophomore had five home runs through 10 games this season, then went 11 games without one.

Until Wednesday.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve had a good game,” Williams said. “I was getting very impatient. My eyes were getting big.”

Williams effort overshadowed Quintero’s, though the junior second baseman has been Valencia’s best bat over the past two weeks.

Quintero followed Williams’ third inning homer with a two-run shot of his own to give Valencia an 11-2 lead.

He was 3-for-3, getting on base in all four plate appearances and adding three RBIs.

In his last four games, Quintero is 9-for-13 with nine RBIs.

“We’ve adjusted to adversities,” Quintero said.

Valencia lost to Golden Valley April 21 for the first time in program history and was 3-6 in its last nine games coming in.

Pitching has been an issue and appeared to be that way early on, but the Vikings turned to their usual patchwork method to get the job done.

Viking David Hausman pitched five innings of relief, allowing just one run — a seventh-inning home run to Josh Heinz.

Heinz was a bright spot for West Ranch, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs.

His RBI-bloop single in the second inning gave West Ranch a 2-1 lead, but starter Allen Sarkissian couldn’t hold it. He was knocked out of the game in the second, down 5-2.

The bullpen didn’t fair much better in a game West Ranch needed to win to make up some ground.

“It’s a game we had circled on our calendar for a long time,” said West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill. “Our team can take this and learn from it or a game like this can be very frustrating for a team and can hurt morale.”

Wildcat Jared Ortiz was 2-for-4 and has hit safely in all 21 West Ranch games this season.

Valencia’s Brian Mundell was 2-for-4 and hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning.


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