Top Flight Elite Baseball Game of the Week | Valley Christian vs Sacred Heart Cathedral
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by: Ally Williams
It was a pitchers duel through the first half of the game, but the Valley Christian Warriors took control in the fifth and didn’t look back, beating the Sacred Heart Cathedral Fightin’ Irish 9-0 at Benedetti Diamond on Saturday afternoon.
After the Fightin’ Irish’s Diego Gonzalez allowed just two hits in four innings, the Warriors broke the game wide open in the top of the fifth. Seth Moke started things off by launching a ball off the glove and over the head of center fielder AJ Alston to reach third before Anthony Flores quickly knocked him in with a hard infield single. That first run of the game was quickly followed by six more, as Valley Christian batted around the order without an out. It was an efficient inning at the plate for the Warriors, and a tough inning in the field for the Irish, who recorded three errors in the inning to help the rally continue.
Valley Christian would add two more runs in the top of the ninth, and the offensive effort was more than enough for pitcher Patrick Wicklander. The sophomore threw five shutout innings and allowed just two hits while striking out four and walking one. Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Eric Casillas went 1-2 with a walk, while Martin Chavarria logged the other hit for the Irish, finishing 1-2 as well.
This win bumps Valley Christian up in the standings and the Warriors will have more opportunities to improve over their last few games of the regular season with a matchup against current league leader Saint Francis at home, then road games at No.2 Serra and No. 3 Bellarmine. Sacred Heart Cathedral will complete their regular season with games against Mitty and Riordon next week, both back at University of San Francisco’s Benedetti Diamond.