Defense key to Valencia’s Foothill hopes

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Nick Pappas is 1-0 with a 1.56 ERA and nine strikeouts in nine innings, and Scott Fowler is 1-0 with 0.00 ERA in seven innings. In today’s other Foothill League openers, Hart (3-3) plays at Burbank (3-1), and Saugus (2-2) plays host to Canyon (2-3). – Gerry Gittelson After committing 62 errors in a disappointing 15-13 baseball season a year ago, Valencia High has tightened its defense and improved dramatically. With just one error heading into today’s 3:15 p.m. Foothill League opener against visiting Burroughs of Burbank (1-4), the Vikings are 4-1 – the only loss to national power Agoura – and are favored to recapture the league title after three successive championships from 2002 to 2004. “We take hundreds of groundballs every day in practice, and we’ve been playing very well,” Valencia coach Jared Snyder said. The Vikings have benefited from the emergence of shortstop Chris Matzner, who leads the team with a .533 average and six RBIs. Michael Hur (.421, three home runs, 11 RBIs), Casey Mulligan (.462, four RBIs) and Justin Shults (.412, one home run, seven RBIs) also have started strongly. last_img read more