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Canyon baseball is for real

Surprising Cowboys are all alone in first place in Foothill after win at Valencia

Posted: March 27, 2013 9:09 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2013 9:09 p.m.
Canyon players celebrate their 2-1 win over Valencia on Wednesday at Valencia High. Canyon players celebrate their 2-1 win over Valencia on Wednesday at Valencia High.
Canyon players celebrate their 2-1 win over Valencia on Wednesday at Valencia High.

Time after frustrating time, the Canyon Cowboys couldn’t budge a runner in from scoring position against the Valencia Vikings on Wednesday at Valencia High.

Finally, in the top of the eighth inning, Canyon senior Chris Serrano’s RBI infield single brought home the deciding run in the Cowboys' 2-1 victory.

Not only does it keep the surprising Cowboys atop the Foothill League after the first of three cycles through the Foothill League, but its their first win against Valencia since May 9, 2007.

“It’s so huge,” Serrano said of the victory. “I’ve been waiting for this since my freshman year. Right now, we’re on top of our game, but we can do better.”

Serrano went 4-for-4 in the game, but no hit was bigger than his grounder deep in the hole to second base in the top of the eighth.

Second basemen Colton Burns was able to stab at the ball and keep it in the infield to allow only one run to come in.

Canyon struggled for most of the game bringing runners home.

In both the third and sixth innings, Canyon had the bases loaded but Valencia starter J.D. Busfield got out unscathed.

The Cowboys scored on a fifth-inning RBI triple by Christopher Jenkins.

That tied the score at 1-1.

Vikings senior A.J. Balta scored the first run of the game off a Keston Hiura double down left field in the third inning,

It was the only blemish on an otherwise outstanding six-inning effort by Canyon starter Max Weinstein.

Weinstein allowed only four hits in the game.

“Max battles and I think he has even better stuff than what he had today,’ said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer. “He’s a gamer.”

Valencia had its own issues creating offense.

In the bottom of the eighth, Valencia right fielder Chad Bible, who threw a runner out at the plate in the seventh inning, hit a leadoff double.

He was stranded by three consecutive fly outs.

“Horrible at-bats — 19 fly outs, two balls on the ground. Horrible execution of at-bats,” said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder.

The bright spot of the game for Valencia was Busfield.

He pitched six strong innings, giving up only one run in the fourth inning, with five strikeouts.

With the win, Canyon has already equaled last season’s win total in Foothill play.

“It’s meaningful,” Schulhofer said of the win. “We’re playing better and proving to ourselves that this is what we can expect.”


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