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West Ranch baseball picks up first Foothill League win of 2013

Foothill baseball: Wildcats take advantage of G.V. mistakes to earn first 2013 Foothill League win

Posted: March 20, 2013 9:48 p.m.
Updated: March 20, 2013 9:48 p.m.

Regardless of how West Ranch Wildcats baseball got the win, the important thing is it got the win.

The Wildcats are now on the board in Foothill League play after a 10-1 win over the Golden Valley Grizzlies on Wednesday at Golden Valley High.

“It’s a win and we needed to have one,” said West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill. “If we want to find ourselves at the end of the season competing for a league title or making a postseason appearance, we need to have a win like this.”

Especially against a reeling Grizzlies team that has now been outscored 35-5 in three Foothill League games.

This was a case of the Grizzlies really doing themselves in.

Golden Valley (1-7 overall, 0-3 Foothill League) walked two runs in, allowed another run to score on a wild pitch and another on a hit batsman.

On top of that, the Grizzlies squandered chances in the first, fourth and sixth innings.

In the first and fourth, the Grizzlies left runners on third base, and in the sixth they had two on with one out and couldn’t get a run in.

The game was also close for five innings, with West Ranch (5-3, 1-2) up 4-1 going into the top of the sixth.

Golden Valley pitchers walked four batters in the sixth, allowing two runs in.

In the four-run seventh, the only RBIs came in on a J.D. Krauskopf two-run double.

He had three RBIs in the game.

Golden Valley’s lone run came on a fourth-inning RBI single by Ryan Mahotz.

West Ranch used four pitchers in the game — Jake Bird, Tony Slauson, Kyle Williams and Jordan Benty.

“I think we’re mostly happy with our pitching today. To keep Golden Valley to one run and scatter some hits. We didn’t pitch perfectly, but good enough to get a win,” Burrill said. “When (staff ace) Cody Bennett’s not pitching, we’re going to have to use a lot of guys, and the four guys pitched well today.”


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