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Bats carry Canyon High baseball over Saugus

Canyon posts nine in victory over visiting Saugus

Posted: March 20, 2013 9:46 p.m.
Updated: March 20, 2013 9:46 p.m.

The Canyon Cowboys baseball team stuck to its script on Wednesday afternoon.

Once again, Canyon’s bats got hot early and the Cowboys jumped out to an early lead en route to a 9-4 victory over the Saugus Centurions at Canyon High School.

Canyon (7-3 overall, 2-1 Foothill League) was aggressive from the start, scoring four first-inning runs to put Saugus in an early hole.

Canyon starting pitcher Max Weinstein held up his end as well, limiting Saugus (6-4, 2-1) to two runs on five hits in his six innings of work and striking out five batters.

“He’s our big-game guy and this was a big game for the week,” said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer of why Weinstein started his second game in a row.

Weinstein was also aided by a turnaround game from his defense, which hurt him in a Friday 5-4 loss to Hart by committing five errors and wasting his one-hit performance.

The Cowboys didn’t commit an error on Wednesday.

“I knew they would do it. They had an off day on Friday, but they came back strong,” Weinstein said.

With the Cowboys leading 4-1 entering the bottom of the fifth, Canyon picked up two insurance runs when Saugus’ Eric Little walked the leadoff batter and hit the next two to load the bases with no outs.

Cole Mears’ single to left field over the third baseman’s head plated Micah Moyle and Christopher Jenkins for a 6-1 lead.

Little was hit hard Wednesday, tossing four innings with six runs allowed on seven hits, two walks and three strikeouts. He also hit four batters on the day.

Canyon added three runs in the bottom of the sixth, capitalizing on a leadoff single by Nick Tarolli that was misplayed in right field as Tarolli reached third.

Christopher Jenkins singled home Tarolli before Taro Okada singled him in later in the inning. Moyle scored on an error to give Canyon a 9-2 lead entering the sixth.

“You’ve got to give them credit,” said Saugus head coach John Maggiora. “They could have (sat back on the lead).”

Saugus didn’t go down quietly, though.

Dylan Freyre, who was 3-for-4 on the day, hit a two-run home run with no outs in the top of the seventh to pull within 9-4, and the Centurions followed up by putting two runners on with one out.

But Saugus’ rally ended on a deep fly to right by Ty Faulconer.

In the end, the early hole was just too much for the Centurions to overcome.

“It’s huge. Spot them four runs in the first,” Maggiora said. “You can battle back. We had chances, but we couldn’t capitalize.”

The offensive output is characteristic of Canyon this season, which has averaged nine runs per game in Foothill League play.

“We’ve been fortunate to get consecutive hits to give us runs,” Schulhofer said. “That’s got to be the goal is to make things happen in a row.”

Canyon also defeated West Ranch to open league play 13-4 on March 13 and sits in a second-place tie with Saugus behind first-place Valencia.

“They’re not a surprise to me,” Maggiora said. “They’re playing good baseball.”


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