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Thursday, May 26, 2011
LA North: Chatsworth 5, Taft 2

By Sean Ceglinsky

Aaron Brown
Chatsworth's Aaron Brown contributed on the mound and in the batter's box in the Chancellors' victory.

CHATSWORTH -- Aaron Brown entered Thursday's City Section Division 1 baseball playoff game fully aware of the fact his performance would have a major impact on the final outcome.

Given the circumstances, it did not appear as if the Chatsworth High senior felt any added pressure. Brown thrived, in fact, throwing the ball well on the mound and he helped his own cause with some timely hitting in a 5-2 quarterfinal victory over visiting Woodland Hills Taft.

"I wanted to come in and get after it, have fun and play hard,'' Brown said.

Trailing by a run in the bottom of the third inning, Brown delivered a two-run single with bases loaded to give the Chancellors a 2-1 lead. He added an RBI double later in the game, for good measure.

Raul Camas hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to give Chatsworth (23-5) what proved to be an insurmountable three-run advantage. Brown, of course, made things look rather easy along the way, giving up three hits in five innings of work with a walk and eight strikeouts.

"I attacked the zone and hit my spots, and I got some good pitches to hit,'' Brown said. "The playoff intensity is great.''

In relief, Christian Lopez worked a pair of scoreless innings to secure the victory for Chatsworth.

The Chancellors advance to Wednesday afternoon's semifinal at USC's Dedeaux Field against Lake Balboa Birmingham (17-14) at 3 p.m. The Patriots, the 12th seed, have been a pleasant surprise during postseason play thus far, especially after defeating Granada Hills, 3-2, on Thursday.

Sean Ceglinsky covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.