Hector Olivares' squeeze bunt single scored John Hefler in the ninth inning Friday to give Santa Ana High School a 2-1 Century League win over previously unbeaten Canyon at Santa Ana.
Hefler opened the ninth by singling off losing pitcher Leonard Damian. Shaun Sterling followed with a bunt single, and when Canyon's infielders delayed picking up the ball, Hefler took third and Sterling went to second. Olivares then followed with his bunt that won the game.
Canyon (1-1 in league and 7-1 overall) had a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning when the Saints (2-0, 7-1) rallied for a run and sent the game into extra innings.
With one out, Hefler singled and took second base on an error. A fly ball moved him to third and with two outs, Juan Moran singled up the middle to tie the score at 1-1.
John Schilling went all the way to get the win for Santa Ana, giving up only three hits while striking out five. Richard Tellez helped Schilling out by making two superb catches in center field.
Damian also went the distance, striking out nine and walking only one while allowing 11 hits.
In other Century League action:
Orange 6, Foothill 2--John Cole went 2 for 4 and had three RBIs as the host Panthers won to even their league record at 1-1.
Bob Towell (1-0) relieved starter Jarrod Stringer in the fourth inning and pitched three innings to get the win. John Rice took the loss for the Knights (0-2).
Villa Park 4, El Modena 4--The Vanguards tied the score with two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a throwing error by Villa Park's third baseman Pat Glenn. Glenn's error came with one out and runners on second and third. Villa Park (1-0-1) had taken the lead on a three-run home run by left fielder Brian Maida in the fourth inning. El Modena came back with two in the bottom of the inning, both helped by Villa Park errors. In all, the Spartans made five errors in the game. The game was called in the ninth inning due to darkness.
Heritage 15, Newport Christian 8--The Patriots overcame a 7-3 Newport Christian lead with 11 runs in the fourth inning to win at home. Heritage first baseman Lonnie Page had the Patriots only extra base hit when he doubled in two runs in the fourth.
Mater Dei 7, Bishop Montgomery 1--Jon Hulshof went five innings and struck out 10 to improve his record to 4-0 and keep the host Monarchs (3-0, 7-0) undefeated. Ted Flores and Anthony Follico homered for Mater Dei and teammate John Dworzak went 2 for 2 with two RBIs.
Troy 17, Fullerton 5--Troy hit five home runs, two by John Mash, to rout host Fullerton. Mash drove in five runs with his two homers, and Steve Russell drove in six with a grand slam, double and a sacrifice fly. Jeff Roaro-Jasso and Mitch Glover also homered for Troy (2-1, 6-3). Eric Silvey and T.R. Richards both went 2 for 4 for the Indians (0-3, 3-6).
Sunny Hills 15, Sonora 14--In a wild game at Sunny Hills, the Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. But the Lancers came back to score eight in their half of the first. Catcher Adrian Schicker hit a grand slam and shortstop Mike Lutz hit a two-run homer to highlight the outburst.
After Sunny Hills (3-0, 10-2) took a 10-3 lead after three innings, the Raiders scored eight in the fourth and two in the fifth to go ahead, 13-10. The Lancers came back to score five in the sixth to take the lead for good.
Buena Park 4, La Habra 2--Paul Bunch went 3 for 3 and drove in all four Buena Park runs with a home run and two doubles to lead the host Coyotes (2-1, 3-6). Buena Park's Robbie Robinson went the distance and allowed six hits in getting the win to improve his record to 2-3. Jim Bearden, who also pitched a complete game, took the loss for La Habra (1-2, 3-6). Omar Rodriguez went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and three stolen bases for Buena Park.
GARDEN GROVE LEAGUE
La Quinta 8, Garden Grove 6--Steve Hunt pitched and batted the Aztecs (3-0, 9-1) past the Argonauts (2-1, 4-4) at La Quinta. Hunt pitched three innings to improve his record to 5-0 and went 2 for 3 with four RBIs at the plate.
Bolsa Grande 6, Santiago 2--The host Matadors (2-1, 2-6) won their second straight by beating the Cavaliers (1-2, 2-6). Robbie Walker went 3 for 3 with two RBIs for Bolsa Grande, and teammate Mike Valadez went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Curtis Adams went the distance and struck out five to get the win. Ed Correa went 4 for 4 to lead Santiago.
Los Amigos 24, Rancho Alamitos 1--Center fielder John Kuzmik and shortstop Ralph Ramirez each hit two home runs for the Lobos as they easily handled the Vaqueros.
Kuzmik and Rodriguez each had three-run homers in a seventh inning that saw the Lobos score seven times to go up, 16-0. In the seventh, Kuzmik hit a solo homer only to be upstaged by another three-run homer by Ramirez.
Orange Lutheran 6, Capistrano Valley Christian 0--John Cummings pitched the first no-hitter in school history to lead the Lancers to their second Olympic League victory.