Baseball: A busy but productive day for Canyon's Chris Serrano [Video]
After catching eight fly balls in center field and collecting four consecutive singles, including the game-winning hit in the top of the eighth inning of a 2-1 victory over Valencia on Wednesday, senior center fielder Chris Serrano of Canyon Country Canyon deserved to feel a little tired.
"It was exhausting," he said.
But it was also exhilarating in helping the Cowboys (9-3, 4-1) take over sole possession of first place in the Foothill League.
The key to the victory was playing solid defense and finding a way to score against Valencia ace JD Busfield, who left after giving up seven hits and one run in six innings. An RBI triple by Christopher Jenkins in the fifth tied the game for Canyon.
Max Weinberg threw strikes for Canyon and lasted six innings, striking out three, walking two and giving up four hits. Serrano is seven for seven in his last two games batting No. 9 in the lineup.
Twice Valencia escaped bases loaded jams. And the Vikings threw out a runner at the plate in the top of the seventh.
But with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, Serrano delivered an infield single to push across the tie-breaking run. Then Anthony Silva, in relief of Blake Leidholdt, got three consecutive outs with a runner on second and none out in the bottom of the eighth after a leadoff double by Chad Bible.
Canyon, under Coach Adam Schulhofer, has a one-game lead. Valencia dropped to 8-4 and 3-2.
West Ranch defeated Saugus, 13-6. Cody Bennett threw six innings for the win. Eight different players had at least two hits. Jagger Rusconi and Tony Slauson had three hits. Hart defeated Golden Valley, 6-5, rallying from a 5-0 first-inning deficit.
-- Eric Sondheimer