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Foothill baseball: Valencia gets in form

Vikings ends the regular season with win over Canyon High

Posted: May 14, 2010 11:15 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2010 4:55 a.m.
It's safe to say the Valencia baseball team is beginning to find its playoff form.

After the Vikings stranded runners in scoring position early, Trey Williams' 10th home run of the season sparked a five-run third inning to break the game open in Valencia's 9-1 win over Canyon on Friday at Canyon High School.

"I was just feeling it out there," said Williams, who has found more confidence at the plate in recent weeks. "I felt great Wednesday too when I had my two doubles. Things really seem to be clicking."

Valencia catcher Alex Bishop went 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while teammates Brian Mundell and Adam Tapia also had big days, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and 2-for-3 with a triple, respectively.

The Foothill League champion Vikings (17-9-1, 12-3) will look to their offense to emulate Friday's performance in the postseason, yet it is their pitching which head coach Jared Snyder believes is the gateway to success.

"Our pitching has stepped up and it's the reason that we are looking so good right now," Snyder said. "One can only hope it's just a case of getting hot at the right time and staying that way."

Pitching on Friday was no problem for Valencia, as senior Justin Hanks picked up the win by throwing five innings, while surrendering no earned runs. An assortment of Vikings closed out the win, with sophomore Chris Gimenez recording the final out.

Meanwhile, Canyon struggled.

"We have to figure out why we came up short against the better teams in the league," said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer. "Although, I am still extremely proud of our level of competition and our growth."

Despite their second consecutive last-place finish in the Foothill League, the Cowboys (7-18, 3-12) managed to end the game - and their season - on a positive note.

In the final inning, Cowboy Kyle Froehlich scored, eliciting a large applause from the home crowd.

Schulhofer is anxious to begin the next baseball season and assemble a roster that can compete with the Foothill League's top teams.

"It's all about building a new culture, instilling the right attitude in these guys, and it all begins with our first practice next season," Schulhofer said.

The Vikings will know who their first round opponent is for the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs when brackets are released on Monday.


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