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Canyon baseball rises to top of Foothill League with Friday win

Posted: May 3, 2013 10:28 p.m.
Updated: May 3, 2013 10:28 p.m.

For the first time since March 27, the Canyon Cowboys baseball team sits alone in first place of the Foothill League.

Accompanied by West Ranch’s loss to Hart, Canyon moved into the driver’s seat for a Foothill League title by defeating the Golden Valley Grizzlies 6-5 Friday at Golden Valley High.

Justin Stark had four RBIs and Anthony Silva pitched well out of the bullpen to give Canyon the season sweep over Golden Valley, and the Cowboys’ fifth win in their last six Foothill contests.

As for Friday, Stark put the Cowboys (17-8 overall, 9-4 Foothill League) in front 2-0 in the second inning with a two-run single off Golden Valley staring pitcher Cole Bygum.
“I was just trying to get something on the ground and get us going,” Stark said. “I wanted to get us that lead.”
The next inning, Stark extended Canyon’s lead to 5-0 with a two-run home run to left-center field.

“I loved jumping out to the 5-0 lead, but we made a couple errors that gave them life,” said Canyon head coach Adam Schulhofer.

Following a solo home run by Golden Valley’s Ryan Mahotz in the bottom of the third inning to make the score 5-1, the Grizzlies (3-21, 2-11) took advantage of a miscue by the Cowboys defense in the fourth inning.

Josh Baldacci and Jaiden France led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and Canyon botched a force play at second base.

Two Grizzlies scored on the play to cut the lead to 5-3.

A double by Nick Tejada knocked Canyon ace Max Weinstein out of the game.

“I thought we did a good job getting hits and going after their No. 1 guy,” said Golden Valley head coach Scott Drootin. “He likes to mess around once he gets ahead, so our approach was to swing early.”

Weinstein was replaced by Silva, who got the first batter he faced out.

But Josh Lampariello then doubled in two runs to tie the score 5-5.

But Silva limited Golden Valley to one hit after Lampariello’s double and needed just six pitches to work a perfect fifth inning.

“He did a great job and we were able to ride him for a little while,” Schulhofer said. “That’s exactly what we need out of our relief pitching.”

Canyon used an error by Golden Valley to regain the lead for good in the top of the fifth.

The Grizzlies messed up a pickoff, allowing Chris Serrano to score all the way from first base.

Canyon led 6-5.

Golden Valley threatened by advancing runners to second and third in the bottom of the seventh, but Blake Leidholdt replaced Silva and slammed the door shut for the Canyon victory.

Canyon can clinch the outright Foothill League Title with two victories next week against Valencia, while Golden Valley will conclude the 2013 season against Hart.

Canyon has one Foothill League title in its history — a co-championship with Valencia in 2002.



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