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March 13, 2013Valley Christian defeated Mitty 3-1 in the West Catholic Athletic League opener on Tuesday. Junior Theron Kay tossed a complete game three-hitter to get the Warriors back on track.
"I thought that we did a good job," said Valley Christian head coach John Diatte. "We've been struggling with our bats, but we found a way to score three runs. That was enough today."
The Warriors got on the board in the top of the fourth inning when Will Chase drove in Kay with a single. Mitty (6-2) answered at the bottom of the inning after a hit from Eduardo Sanchez plated Tommy Hudson.
Valley Christian left the bases loaded with a scoreless sixth inning, but added two runs in the seventh. Michael Lemus had the clutch, two-out base hit for the lead and the Warriors added another run with a walk. They left the bases loaded again, but three runs would be enough behind the stellar pitching of Kay.
Kay struck out seven hitters and typically used a nasty slider for his two-strike pitch. In his final three innings of work he did not allow a baserunner. The 6-foot-0, 170 pounder was also the clean-up hitter and finished 1-for-3 with a double.
"I thought Theron did a good job," Diatte added. "He struggled during the middle innings, but got stronger in the sixth and seventh."
The win was a step in the right direction for the Warriors after they dropped their last two games to Jesuit and Elk Grove. They improved to 6-3 on the season and added a key victory in the WCAL opener.
"You always want to be 1-0 instead of 0-1, but it's a 14 game season so it's a long time," Diatte finished. "One loss isn't going to press you, but you always want to start with a win of course."
On Friday, Valley Christian will hit the road to play Riordan while Mitty will make a shorter trip to take on top-ranked St. Francis.