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Foothill League baseball: A gem and a big inning

Serrano goes the distance to help Canyon shut out Golden Valley

Posted: May 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.

It was only one inning, but it was enough for the Canyon baseball team.

The Cowboys took advantage of three walks in the second inning and scored two runs without the benefit of an RBI to defeat Golden Valley 2-0 on Friday afternoon at Canyon High School.

The two runs were all Canyon (8-17 overall, 4-9 Foothill League) needed, as Cowboys starting pitcher Chris Serrano struck out eight in a seven-inning, four-hit gem to stifle the Grizzlies (4-19, 0-13).

“He’s had a couple well-pitched ball games in a row. He’s done a great job,” said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer.

“For sure, he’s been offensively our most productive guy hitting. He’s a guy we’re lucky to have doing a lot.”

The Grizzlies got quite the pitching performance of their own in Jaiden France’s four-inning relief appearance.

France entered to start the third and allowed just one hit — a double by Serrano to lead off the sixth.

“He’s only a 10th grader,” said Golden Valley head coach Scott Drootin. “He’s going to be a monster in the next couple years.”

But France’s performance came too late, as the Grizzlies couldn’t find the offense to make up for the second-inning mistakes.

“That was the whole game right there — walks,” Drootin said.

In the second, Golden Valley starter Josh Baldacci walked Adam Evans and Jacob King to lead off the inning.

One batter later, with the bases loaded, Taro Okada grounded into a double play to score Evans, and Baldacci balked home King.

And while the Cowboys managed just two hits on the day, those two runs were the difference.

Now, both squads will move on to the final week of the season, where they’ll look to wreak havoc on two teams fighting for an automatic playoff spot.

Golden Valley will take on Hart on Tuesday and Thursday, while the Cowboys will face Valencia.

“(Our goal) is to knock them down,” Serrano said. “The whole team would like to mess up what they have planned. It’s a tough league and that will be a tough team to beat.”



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