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    The record doesn't tell the whole story for the Villa Angela-St. Joseph Vikings baseball team.

    VASJ is 4-14 overall, but had a stellar weekend with wins over Holy Name, 6-5, and defeated neighborhood rival Euclid, 6-3.

    "We need to make the routine play in the field and play with some confidence even though we are young, and we have some arms now with our basketball players rounding into form (Simon Texidor and Jeff Grudzinski)," VASJ coach Scott Gray said. "We will go into the tournament as a lower seed, but if we play to our capabilities I don't think we are a team any team will necessarily want to see."

    Texidor, Grudzinski, Danny Gail and David Paus give VASJ a solid pitching rotation and each of the four are starting to heat up at the plate as well.

    The 6-3 win over the Panthers was especially nice for the Vikings and the importance of the victory was not lost on Gray.

    "I had alumni who were very happy Saturday because I don't think we have beaten Euclid in a while," Gray said.

    VASJ will play Cornerstone Christian in a Division IV sectional semi. The winner will travel to top seeded Cuyahoga Heights the following day.
     

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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