All Panorama City Coach Scott Smith had hoped for going into Saturday's American Legion District 20 game against Newhall-Saugus was to hang onto the lead in the Eastern Division. What he did not expect, however, was a shelling from what could have been the battleship New Jersey.
Newhall-Saugus, the Northern Division leader, banged out 16 hits and made good use of the 340-foot fence in left-center field, over which it directed four home runs in a 10-2 victory at Saugus High.
"I couldn't believe that," Smith said. "Our pitchers are super. This is the first time we've been hit hard."
Roger Salkeld, better known for the rockets he delivers with his arm, launched one with his bat to start the fireworks Saturday. With his team leading, 4-2, in the third inning, Salkeld belted a two-run home run. Two batters later, John Lopata's solo blast gave Newhall-Saugus a 7-2 advantage.
Brad Anderson teed off on relief pitcher Carlos Concha's first pitch in the sixth and Corey Byars' two-run, eighth-inning home run made the score 10-2.