LA North: Five things from the weekend
May, 9, 2011
By Tim Haddock | ESPNLosAngeles.com
- The Camarillo baseball team clinched the Pacific View League championship, 3-2 in extra innings, over Oxnard. Michael Martinez knocked in the winning run with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning. Hunter Virant had quite a game for Camarillo. He started and went six innings, giving up two runs and four hits. He had three hits at the plate, two doubles and a single, and stole a base. The junior who’s committed to UCLA finished the game in center field and made a running catch. Jayson Balades started for Oxnard and gave up two runs in six innings.
- The Valencia baseball team has a one-game lead over Hart with two games left to play in the Foothill League season. Valencia is coming off a 16-13 win over Saugus. It was only the second time this season Valencia has given up 10 runs or more. Both times were against Saugus and both times Valencia won. Brian Mundell hit for the cycle and drove in five runs for Valencia. Hart shut out West Ranch, 12-0, behind six scoreless innings from Garrett Gooding. Steve Rosso had another good game at the plate, going 4-for-4. Valencia finishes the Foothill League season with a pair of games against Canyon (5-8 in league). Hart gets two games against Golden Valley (4-9 in league).
- Looking ahead, the Valley Mission League championship will come down to this week’s series between San Fernando and Granada Hills Kennedy. Both teams are 10-0 in league play. The two teams meet twice this week. The first time is Wednesday at San Fernando. The second time is on Friday at Kennedy. The top of the standings in the Mission League is tight as well. Harvard-Westlake and Chaminade are tied with 8-2 records. Chaminade was expected to be at the top of the standings, but a young Harvard-Westlake team has posted some impressive and surprising wins in league. Harvard-Westlake ends the season with a pair of games against Crespi. Chaminade has two games against Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks.
- The Oak Hills softball program in Hesperia is only two years old, but it has two tournament championships. The most recent came on Saturday in the Desert Diamond Classic at Lancaster City Park. Oak Hills beat host Paraclete, 7-4, in the championship game. Victoria Gonzalez was 3-for-4 and scored two runs for Oak Hills. Ashley Miller hit a solo home run, reached base four times and scored two runs. Katie Andrews, Kaylie Atkinson, Tressa Mira and Angelica Rivera each had two hits for Paraclete. In the Silver Division championship game, Birmingham beat Montclair Prep, 12-4. Mia Acosta had four hits and Ashley Carriedo was 2-for-4 with a RBI for Birmingham.
- The CIF Southern Section track and field prelims are set for Saturday throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. Here’s a look at what to expect: The Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks boys 4-x-100 relay team has the fastest qualifying time entering the Division III meet at Cerritos College. Josh Anderson from Notre Dame leads the shot put at 53 feet, 5 ¼ inches. Cami Chapus and Lauren Hansson from Harvard-Westlake are qualified in four events in the Division III girls meet. Louisville’s La Toya Williams recorded the state’s fastest wind-legal time in the 200 at 23.89 seconds in the Mission League finals and is the favorite to win the 200 in the Division IV meet. Her time in the 200 is the fourth fastest in the nation. She also won the 100 in the Mission League finals. The Canyon boys 4-x-100 relay time posted the fastest entry time in the Division II meet. The team won the Foothill League championship in 42.26 seconds. Valencia’s Jasmine Hall won four events at the Foothill League finals. She won the 200 in a league meet record 24.75 seconds. She also won the 100, the long jump and was on the winning 4-x-100 relay team.