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Foothill baseball: Saugus sees no stop sign

After quiet game Wednesday, Centurions post 20 runs

Posted: April 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Earlier in the week, Saugus baseball couldn't get much of anything going offensively against Golden Valley.

Two days later, Saugus couldn't be stopped.

The Centurions scored 11 runs off four different Golden Valley pitchers in the second inning alone to jump-start a 20-4 win on Friday at Saugus High School.

On Wednesday, Saugus (9-13, 4-7) saw just three runs come across in a 5-3 loss against Grizzlies' ace Scotty Barlow, who pitched a complete game.

"They took their best shot at us with their guy (on Wednesday), and they were just trying to keep it together today," said Saugus head coach John Maggiora.

Golden Valley (12-9, 3-8) wasn't able to keep it together in the second inning, which proved a disastrous one. Saugus faced 65 pitches in the frame and brought 14 batters to the plate, who collected six hits, two home runs and four walks.

Other than Austin Rodriguez' home run that led off the inning, it was all done with two outs.

Joey Anderson was the first to get chased off the mound for the Grizzlies, finishing his day after 1 2/3 innings and four earned runs. The next two pitchers, Jonah Sabedra and John Mark Niednagel, couldn't get the final out of the inning, facing a combined six batters.

Riley Sherwood finally got Golden Valley out of the inning with a strikeout, at which point his team trailed 11-1.

"We might be able to beat a junior college team, but on some days, we could lose to an eighth grade team," said Golden Valley head coach Scott Drootin.

Freshman Roy Verdejo belted a three-run homer to left-center field to cap off the 11-run rally. It was his first of the season.

"They started getting rattled up pretty good," Verdejo said. "They went from pitcher to pitcher ... I just wanted to wait for my pitch."

Though Golden Valley won the series between the teams 2-1, Saugus takes the upper hand in the standings, moving into a tie for fourth place with Canyon. That leaves it two games out of the third place spot which earns an automatic playoff berth.

"If we can go over to Valencia and get a couple of wins, we're still in it," Maggiora said.

The Centurions weren't done after two. They added two more runs in the third, four in the fourth and three in the fifth, totaling 15 hits in the contest.

Third baseman Nick Lombardi cranked Saugus' third home run of the game, a three-run shot well over the left field wall off Sherwood in the fourth. He finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

Eight different Centurion batters hit safely as Golden Valley pitchers had issues finding the strike zone all day long.

"Sometimes the wheels fall off," Drootin said. "And they really fell off today."

Saugus starter Brad Buchignani kept things under control on the other side, going five innings and allowing two earned runs off five hits.

Ryan Alvarez hit a triple and a solo homer off Buchignani, scoring both runs against the senior pitcher. Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.

Connor Wilson went 4-for-5 with an RBI for the Centurions.



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