Los Angeles Preps: Aaron Brown

LA North: Pirates pick Hart's Tyler Glasnow in fifth round of MLB draft

June, 7, 2011
Hart High’s Tyler Glasnow was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball draft Tuesday.

The right-hander, listed at 6 feet 7 and 200 pounds, is committed to the University of Portland

He was one of eight prep players from the LA North region selected on the second day of the draft.

Newbury Park’s Danny Keller, Golden Valley’s Scott Barlow and Campbell Hall’s Adam Ehrlich were taken in the sixth round.

Keller, a right-handed pitcher, was taken by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 191st pick.

Barlow, another right-handed starter, was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 194th pick. He has a scholarship offer from Fresno State.

Ehrlich, a catcher, was taken with the 200th pick by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Oaks Christian’s Trevor Gretzky, the son of NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, was taken in the seventh round by the Chicago Cubs. The left-handed first baseman was expected to go to San Diego State.

Two players went in the 17th round. Chatsworth outfielder Aaron Brown was picked by the Pittsburgh Pieates. The New York Yankees took Chaminade right-handed starter Mathew Troupe.

Oxnard infielder Austin Davidson went to the Boston Red Sox in the 21st round.
The CIF City Sectional Division I baseball semifinals will be an all-San Fernando Valley affair.

Top-seeded Chatsworth plays a surprising Birmingham team in the first game. Second-seeded El Camino Real, the reigning City Section champion, faces an underappreciated San Fernando team in the other semifinal.

Birmingham, the 12th-seeded team in the City Section playoffs, is coming off a 3-2 win over Granada Hills. Kevin Torres hit a two-run home run and earned the save for Birmingham.

Chatsworth beat Woodland Hills Taft, 5-2, behind a strong performance from Aaron Brown on the mound and at the plate. Brown started the game and struck out eight. He also had two hits, a two-run single and an RBI double.

Raul Camas added a two-run home run for Chatsworth.

San Fernando scored three runs in the sixth inning to rally for a 5-3 win over Kennedy of Granada Hills.

Kevin Martinez delivered a two-run double in the sixth inning. San Fernando starter David Lira went the distance and teammate David Garcia had three hits.

El Camino Real needed a little late-inning magic to beat Narbonne, 6-5. Narbonne took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a three-run home run by Chris Ortega.

Chris Nicholson hit a home run, had a three-run double and went 3-for-4 for El Camino.

The CIF City Section semifinals are at USC’s Dedeaux Field on Wednesday starting at 3 p.m.

Here’s a look at the Division II quarterfinal results and the championship game of Division III:

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LA North: Chatsworth 5, Taft 2

May, 26, 2011
Aaron BrownCourtesy of Chatsworth HSChatsworth'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.

LA North: Five things from the weekend

May, 2, 2011
  1. The Chatsworth baseball team tied a school record scoring 28 runs in a 28-0 win over Woodland Hills Taft on Friday. Taft handed Chatsworth an 8-7, extra-inning, loss earlier in the week. Chatsworth might have scored more than 28 runs if not for the high school mercy rule. The game was called after five innings. Chatsworth had 23 hits. Aaron Brown led the barrage with three hits and drove in six runs. Steve Karkenny had three hits and drove in three runs. Not to be lost in the offensive explosion, Chatsworth starter Christian Lopez threw a two-hitter. Chatsworth and El Camino Real, the reigning champions of the West Valley League, are tied for first place in the league standings. The two teams meet twice this week. El Camino is coming off a 3-1 win over Granada Hills. Chris Nicholson drove in all three runs for El Camino with a bases-loaded double in the fifth inning.
  2. The Valencia baseball team is tied for first with Hart in the Foothill League standings with four games to go. Hart beat Canyon, 2-1, and Valencia lost to West Ranch, 3-1, on Friday. Valencia and Hart each have 8-3 league records. Hart catcher Steve Rosso has the hot bat of late. He drove in two runs with a double in the sixth inning to give Hart a one-run lead. Matt Blake was the hero for West Ranch, driving in two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hart and Valencia do not meet again in league play. Valencia has two games against Saugus (4-7 in league) this week. Hart gets two tough games against West Ranch (6-5 in league) this week.
  3. The Valencia softball team took another hit in the Foothill League standings, losing to Canyon, 1-0, and dropping to 3-3 in league play. Meanwhile, Hart, Saugus and West Ranch are all tied for first place in the Foothill League standings with 4-2 records. West Ranch beat Saugus, 2-0, to climb into the first-place mix. West Ranch starter Bailey Foster tossed a two-hitter with seven strikeouts to shut down Saugus. It was the first time Saugus, averaging 11 runs per game, was shut out all season. Valencia plays West Ranch and Hart hosts Saugus at the Hart PONY Complex on Tuesday.
  4. The Burroughs of Burbank boys volleyball team won the Crescenta Valley tournament for the second year in a row, beating Oaks Christian handily in two games, 25-17, 25-17, in the championship match. Daniel Jacobs, an all-tournament selection, had eight kills for Burroughs in the championship match. He collected 18 kills in the tournament. Lucas Yanez also earned a spot on the all-tournament team and recorded 17 kills in the tournament. Setter Tyler Yanez had 44 assists in the tournament.
  5. The Chaminade boys volleyball team won the silver division of the Redondo Union tournament with a two-game win over Peninsula in the championship match at Torrance High School. TJ Henzgen had eight kills and Mitch Siam had seven kills for Chaminade in the championship match. Chaminade beat La Jolla in two games in the semifinals and Simi Valley in three games in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Chaminade was a bit of a surprise winner in the tournament. The Eagles have an 8-10 overall record and have lost three of their past four matches in the Mission League. In the championship match of the gold division of the Redondo Union tournament, Mira Costa beat San Clemente in two games.