Thursday, April 21, 2011
LA North: Baseball notes
By Tim Haddock
The Alemany of Mission Hills and Chatsworth baseball teams are in tonight's consolation championship game of the Hard 9 National Classic at Cal State Fullerton.
Alemany beat Cypress, 3-2, in the consolation semifinals. Chatsworth beat Valley Christian from San Jose, 9-1, in the other consolation semifinal.
Corey Sims hit a three-run home run for Alemany against Cypress.
Ricky Obando hit a grand slam for Chatsworth against Valley Christian.
Chaminade beat Clovis West, 7-4, and played Bingham in the fifth-place game.
Bishop Amat and Esperanza are in the championship game of the National Classic. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton.
Foothill League: The Valencia baseball team, ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division I poll, is in a bit of a funk. The Vikings have gone 2-2 in their past four games, both losses coming against Foothill League rivals.
Valencia lost to Hart, 1-0, on April 13. Six days later, Valencia lost to West Ranch, 2-0.
Hart, meanwhile, hasn't done much better. The No. 6 team in the CIF Southern Section Division I rankings is 3-2 over its last five games. After beating Valencia, Hart lost to the Vikings, 5-2, two days later.
Hart rebounded Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Saugus, scoring both runs in the seventh inning.
After eight games of Foothill League play, Valencia and Hart are tied with 6-2 records. West Ranch is in third, a game behind at 5-3.
Marmonte League: Simi Valley and Westlake are tied for 10th in the CIF Southern Section Division I poll. Simi Valley has a six-game winning streak, four of those wins coming against Marmonte League teams. Simi Valley beat Westlake, 4-1, on April 8 and is coming off a 12-2 win over Agoura on April 15.
Westlake is 2-2 in its last four games. The Warriors have won two in a row, however, most recently, 9-4, over Calabasas on April 15. Westlake is playing in the Mesa Citrus Classic in Arizona this weekend.
After 10 games, Simi Valley and Westlake are tied for first in the Marmonte League standings with 8-2 records.