Len Mohney never imagined his Canyons baseball team would enter the 10th game of its season without home runs from sluggers Don Pedersen, Chris Joy and Peter Washington.
Entering Saturday’s nonconference game against visiting Hancock, however, Pedersen, Joy and Washington--the Cougars’ third, fourth and fifth batters--each had yet to hit one out of the park.
Mohney juggled his lineup Saturday, leaving Pedersen in the third position, but moving Washington, the designated-hitter, to sixth and Joy to seventh.
The moves paid off. Pedersen and Joy each blasted two home runs and Washington added another as Canyons hammered Hancock, 16-4.
Pedersen hit a pair of solo home runs, the first in the third inning with Canyons trailing, 4-1. Three batters later, Washington smashed a two-run home run to tie the score. Joy followed with a solo home run and Canyons (5-5) was in the lead to stay.
Pedersen hit his second home run, in the fifth, to give Canyons a 6-4 lead. In the seventh, Joy hit a two-run shot to highlight a six-run explosion.
Right-hander Jeff Frifth-Smith (2-2) pitched 5 1/3 innings and struck out seven to earn the win. Lance Gibson pitched three innings in relief and notched his third save.
In other baseball games:
Cal State Fullerton 17, The Master’s 5--Leading, 7-4, after three innings, Fullerton scored six runs in the fourth and ran away with the nonconference game at Fullerton.
Fullerton (7-4) collected only two hits in the fourth inning but capitalized on three errors. David Staton delivered a three-run double and John Paboojian added a run-scoring single. Staton, who was two for three with five RBIs, also hit a solo home run.
Sophomore left-hander Rich Faulks (1-0), who relieved starter Matt Watson in the third inning, allowed one hit in three scoreless innings and picked up the win.
West Valley 8, Pierce 5--Pierce blew a 4-0 lead after two innings and was eliminated in the second round of the Mt. San Antonio College tournament.
Pierce starter Shinya Fukuda (0-1) was chased in the third inning as West Valley struck for two runs. West Valley scored four more runs on four hits in the fourth to take the lead.
Pierce (4-3) took a 3-0 lead on five hits in the first inning. Tony Dello led off with a single and scored on a triple by Kevin Johnson. Billy Morris singled to score Johnson and later scored on a single by Chris Murphy.
Moorpark 3, West Valley 2--Moorpark rallied for an 11-inning victory in the Mt. SAC tournament after tying the score in the bottom of the ninth.
Moorpark freshman John Chiaramonte (2-1) pitched a complete game and allowed six hits.
Cal State Long Beach 3-3, Cal State Northridge 0-1--Long Beach pitchers Diane Lewis and Karrie Schott each recorded complete-game victories in a nonconference doubleheader at Long Beach.
In the first game, Lewis (3-0) scattered five singles and allowed no walks.
Heather Lindstrom (1-2) surrendered only four hits but was charged with the loss.
Schott hurled a four-hitter in the second game as Long Beach (9-2) erased a 1-0 deficit with a run in the third and and two in the fourth.
Christy Alves (1-1) gave up six hits for Northridge (8-6) and was tagged with the loss.
Occidental 2, Southern California College 1--Donna Trimble singled home Connie Brazell to give SCC a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth, but Occidental scored twice in the bottom of the inning.
Moorpark 1, Fullerton 0--De Dow raised her record to 6-0 with a complete-game victory for Moorpark (7-2) in the Diamond tournament at Cal State Fullerton.
Moorpark is undefeated in the tournament and will play for the title today.
Occidental 7, Westmont 2--Sue Hulse (6-2, 7-5), Maro Najarian (6-2, 6-2), Kim Black (7-5, 6-0), Jenny Olson (6-0, 6-1) and Kirstein Crabtree (6-0, 6-0) won singles matches for Occidental (4-2) in a nonconference match at Westmont.
Cal State Northridge d. UC Irvine, 15-1, 15-6, 15-9--Rob Samuelson led the Matadors with 13 kills and teammate Ron Graening added 12 as host CSUN (4-7 overall) registered a .494 hitting percentage in securing its first Western Intercollegiate Volleyball Assn. win against seven losses.