Monday, April 25, 2011
LA North: Five things from the weekend
By Tim Haddock
The Valencia softball team had little trouble with some of the top teams in the nation, winning the Stu Penter Classic and Tournament of Champions in Arizona. But the teams in the Foothill League have been giving the Vikings fits. Part of that is due to Valencia starter Carly Mortensen sidelined with an arm injury. Still, the potent Valencia offense has fizzled of late. Valencia was in danger of starting Foothill League play 1-3 after four games. The team avoided a three-game losing streak with a 13-7 win over Saugus. Down 7-1 after two innings, Valencia scored 12 runs to come from behind and win its second league game. Valencia finds itself tied for third place in the Foothill League standings. Saugus and West Ranch sit atop the Foothill League standings with 3-1 records.
The La Canada softball team won the Thousand Oaks tournament, beating Hart of Newhall, 6-4, in the championship game. Down 2-0 in the fourth inning, La Canada got a two-run home run from Shirley Drange to take a 3-2 lead. Aubri Thompson knocked in two runs with a single in the fifth inning to push the lead to 5-2. Lauren O’Leary earned tournament MVP. She won the championship game in relief of starter Lauren Cox. O’Leary also won the semifinal game, pitching all nine innings of a 2-1 victory over Thousand Oaks. La Canada has won 13 games in a row and won the Thousand Oaks tournament for the first time in school history.
The El Camino Real softball team reached the championship game of the Las Vegas Spring Jamboree, losing to Edison of Huntington Beach, 9-2. El Camino had a 2-1 lead in the third inning before Edison scored four runs to take a 5-2 lead. Edison scored three more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. Dani Gilmore had a pair of RBI singles for El Camino. She was 15-for-24 (.625 batting average) with 10 RBIs and scored 11 runs in the tournament. El Camino beat Sylmar and San Benito to reach the championship game. The loss to Edison snapped a 14-game winning streak for El Camino.
Lonnie Jackson of Valencia and Spencer Dinwiddie of Woodland Hills Taft shared most valuable players honors at the 15th annual Battle of the Valley all-star basketball game at Cal State Northridge. Playing for the East All Stars, Jackson and Dinwiddie led their team to a 113-102 win over the West All Stars. Jackson scored 27 points, was 10-for-10 from the free-throw line and made three 3-pointers in the game. Dinwiddie scored 31 points and had 11 rebounds. In the girls all-star game, the West All Stars won, 81-69, over the East All Stars. Jasmine Wooton of Chatsworth scored 19 points and have five rebounds to earn tournament MVP.
The Moorpark baseball team reached the championship game of the San Luis Obispo tournament and lost to Trabuco Hills 8-3. Moorpark shut out Foothill, 3-0, and San Luis Obispo, 6-0, to reach the championship game. The Westlake baseball team went 3-1 in the Mesa Citrus Classic in Arizona. The Warriors beat Rancho of Las Vegas, 6-4, and Payson of Arizona twice, the first time, 4-3, and the second time, 11-1. Collin Yelich was 2-for-2 and drove in three runs in the 11-1 win over Payson. Luke Dykstra was 1-for-3 with a walk and scored three runs in the 4-3 win over Payson. Kris Moore was 1-for-2 with a triple and drove in three runs against Rancho. Westlake’s only loss was 13-9 to Mamaroneck of New York.