Even though Valencia High baseball had defeated Canyon 10-0, Vikings coach Mike Killinger was still disappointed in his team.
“That’s the worst no-hitter celebration I’ve ever seen,” Killinger said jokingly when he addressed the Vikings after the game.
UCLA commit Chase Farrell recorded six strikeouts in seven innings in his no-hitter performance Wednesday afternoon at Valencia.
“I just did what I had to do. Throw strikes,” Farrell said. “I had all four pitches working today, and I felt real good.”
Valencia (8-2 overall, 3-0 in Foothill League) began to feel confident even before Farrell got hot. Trace Eldridge hit a leadoff home run, then Ben Fariss homered midway through the opening frame to put the Vikings 2-0.
“It was good to get to a lead early, and it just set the tone for the rest of the game,” Eldridge said.
“I would say after that first inning (we had the game). We were just really confident, and we were taking good hacks out there.”
Eldridge was 4-for-4 on the afternoon, which included a triple in the third inning. Fariss went 3-for-4 and had two RBIs.
The Vikings scored two runs in the third inning then worked their way through the batting order for four in the fifth inning, a streak capped by a two-run double from Lukas White.
“That one just kind of broke the game open,” said Killinger. “We had a bunch of different hits in that inning that strung together a bunch of good at-bats.”
Down 9-0, the Cowboys (0-9, 0-3) exchanged pitcher Matt Serrano for Dean Morgan.
“We need to come out with some energy,” said Canyon coach Drew Peterson. “We’ve been dead. We haven’t won a game yet, but we’re improving defensively, we’re improving offensively. One thing we haven’t improved on is our enthusiasm. We need some fight.”
Ryan Shear closed out the scoring for Valencia with an RBI single in the sixth inning.
The Vikings have yet to lose a game in league, pulling off wins against Hart, Saugus and now Canyon.
“We’ve had three different ways to win,” Killinger said. “We had a nail-biter win and then we had a big win, so it’s a little bit of a variety and hopefully we can keep moving forward in league and keep it going.”
Valencia next plays Golden Valley at home on Friday at 3:30, while Canyon heads to West Ranch Friday at 3:30.