West Ranch baseball shuts out Canyon

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Alex Burge is a pitcher for West Ranch High baseball.

But in Wednesday’s 20-0 win over Canyon at West Ranch, Burge revealed that he’s capable of a little more than that.

In addition to allowing two hits and recording one strikeout in three innings, he banged out a three-run homer in the fifth inning.

“They called my name to go hit,” Burge said. “They told me a couple practices ago that I’m probably going to be hitting next year, so I just went up there and just stayed through the ball and that’s what happened.”

Garrett Monheim also had three RBIs for West Ranch (18-6 overall, 11-1 in Foothill League) and went 4-for-5 at the plate.

“I was feeling pretty good today,” Monheim said. “Everything was flowing and it just felt good at the plate.”

The Wildcats scored four runs in the first inning, then four more in the second for an early lead. After two scoreless innings, West Ranch tacked on 10 runs in the fifth to crack the game open.

The Cats scored on an error and Nico Valdez hit an RBI double in the sixth inning to close out the game.

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West Ranch, which leads Valencia for first place in the Foothill League by one game, plays Canyon on Friday, then closes with two against the Vikings next week.

“We’re just trying to … do everything right like we did today,” Burge said. “We played great as a team, and we’re just trying to get the sweep so we’re in a good spot against Valencia next week.”

The Cowboys (2-23, 1-11) are looking to develop some confidence as the season comes to a close.

“We have nothing to lose, everything to gain,” said Canyon coach Drew Peterson. “I told the guys, ‘We can be a spoiler … and get some confidence going into our summer.’”

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