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Santa Clarita Sports Update: High School, College Baseball Picks Up – March 10

Check out a recap of all the latest Santa Clarita sports news from across the valley.

Baseball

Hart and Valencia have jumped out as the early frontrunners for a Foothill League title this season with a 3-0 start to league play for each.

Hart (7-3, 3-0) picked up a 5-0 win on the road against a Saugus (1-7, 0-3) team that has struggled to put together the offensive performances necessary to compete so far this season, while Hart has looked like a hitting juggernaut, averaging 14 runs per game in league play. Hart will look to make it back-to-back wins over the Centurions as they return home for a rematch Friday afternoon.

Valencia (6-4-1, 3-0) remained tied for first place with Hart with their road win over Golden Valley (2-7, 0-3) on Monday. The Vikings have dominated their league opponents thus far, outscoring their competition by an average of 12 runs per game. They’ll look to build on their early advantage in the standings as they return home for a second matchup with the Grizzlies, who will try to right the ship while they still can on Friday.

West Ranch (4-6, 2-0) squeezed in a non-league game with Thousand Oaks on Saturday, but fell in a 4-0 loss. The Wildcats were able to snag some important league wins early against Saugus, but the Centurions have struggled mightily to this point in the season. West Ranch has an opportunity to assert themselves as a true league contender in their game against Canyon (5-3, 0-2) on Friday, while the Cowboys look to reemerge after a rough start to league play.

Softball

Foothill League teams found themselves in tournament play across California this weekend. 

Canyon (10-3) picked up two wins on Saturday at the High Desert Tournament, 16-3 over Apple Valley and 8-6 over Granada Hills Charter. They’ll look to build on that momentum in their Tuesday afternoon matchup against San Dimas as Foothill League play remains two weeks out. Hart (9-2), also competing in the High Desert Tournament, went 1-1 on Saturday. The Indians now go on the road for a matchup with El Camino Real on Thursday. 

Saugus (8-2) also went 1-1 in tournament play on Saturday at the Tournament of Champions in Bullhead. Valencia (2-7) was also in Bullhead for the Tournament of Champions over the weekend, and dropped their Saturday game to Redlands, 4-1. The Vikings will look to correct course at home Tuesday afternoon against Newbury Park.

West Ranch (2-7) split their two Saturday matchups at the Quartz Hill Tournament with a 7-5 loss to Highland and a 20-5 win over Foothill Tech. Golden Valley (1-11) dropped their back-to-back Saturday games as their struggles continued in a 7-3 loss to Pioneer Valley and a 13-3 loss to Dos Pueblos. West Ranch, Saugus and Golden Valley each are now on a bye week and will return to play beginning next Tuesday.

The Master’s University

Women’s Basketball: Master’s (29-3) fell to No. 3 Westmont College in the championship game of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday, 67-76. It was the third meeting of the two squads, with Westmont getting the better of the Mustangs in each of their last two matchups. The season isn’t over for Master’s, however, as they now set their sights on the NAIA Division 1 tournament.

Baseball: The Mustangs (16-11) hosted No. 14 William Jessup University over the weekend for a series of double-headers on Friday and Saturday, and split the series 2-2. Master’s now begins preparation for another four-game series this weekend, this time on the road against Arizona Christian University.

Men’s Volleyball: Master’s (4-11) continued their recent slide with a loss to UC Santa Cruz in four sets on Saturday. The Mustangs have the week to reset before they host University of Jamestown on Friday evening.

College of the Canyons

Baseball: Canyons (7-11-1) has strung together four wins in a row after a rough start to the season. The Cougars have been able to turn things around since the start of league play, most recently with a 9-5 win on the road against LA Mission College. Now Canyons prepares to play host to LA Mission for the second game of their three-game series on Thursday.

Softball: The Cougars (15-4) took care of business in their Friday double header at home against Cerritos with a 3-2 and 14-0 win. Canyons will try to carry that momentum as they head into the heart of their conference schedule in the coming weeks, starting with a road matchup at West LA College on Tuesday afternoon.

Valencia Flyers

(Contributed by Eric Goldin)

On Friday and Saturday, the Flyers lost the final two games of the season against the Ontario Avalanche by scores of 9-2 and 10-2. They will finish with a record of 3-44-2-2. These contests were originally scheduled to be played in Anaheim but got moved to the Ice Station, and Flyers fans were treated to two more home games.

Valencia struggled to prevent goals all year as their defense and tandem of goalies couldn’t figure out how to keep the puck out of the net. Their offense was adequate during the first half of the season, but after losing one of their top goal scorers, Nikita Garin, to the Fresno Monsters in February, the Flyers had a tough time picking up the production he provided. Going winless during the latter part of the season and losing twenty-six games in a row is a humbling experience, but they can turn the pain they’re feeling right now into fuel and motivation to silence the detractors and become a dominant team in the future.

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Santa Clarita Sports Update: High School, College Baseball Picks Up – March 10

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About Wyatt Smith

Wyatt was born and raised in Santa Clarita. After graduating from Hart High School in 2012, he continued his studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned a degree in applied statistics. After a year and a half working in the digital advertising industry, Wyatt left his previous field of work to pursue his interest in writing.