LOS ANGELES -- Chatsworth's Ricky Obando knocked in the winning run against San Fernando in the bottom of the seventh inning in the City Section Division 1 semifinals at USC on Wednesday.
His RBI single gave Chatsworth a dramatic, 4-3, win and a trip to the City Section championship game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.
“It’s exciting to win this game and play at Dodger Stadium,” Chatsworth coach Tom Meusborn said. “We knew they were an outstanding team. We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game.”
Obando’s two-out single drove in Justin Vega. Vega reached base when he was hit by a pitch with one out. He advanced to third on a single by Chris DeVito. Scott Voets, who drove in Chatsworth’s first run with a single in the first inning, struck out, leaving runners on first and third with two outs.
San Fernando starter Alonzo Garcia looked like he might wiggle out of the jam when he got two strikes on Obando. But Obando hit a 1-2 pitch into center field to drive in the winning run.
“That was huge,” Meusborn said.
San Fernando tied the score with two runs in the top of the seventh to set up the dramatic finish.
Carlos Robles came up with an RBI triple to cut the Chatsworth lead to one run. San Fernando, the reigning City Section champion, was still down a run, 3-2, but had a runner on third with one out.
Kevin Martinez tied the score with a shallow sacrifice fly to right field. The throw home was wide and Robles scored. But Jose Haros flied out to right to end the inning.
Garcia went the distance for San Fernando. He gave up four runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out two.
San Fernando had its chances to score. The Tigers left nine runners on base and Chatsworth turned three double plays.
Chatsworth used a trio of pitchers in the game. Kiefer Kofman started and tossed 4 1/3 innings shutout innings. Nick Milone came in to relieve Kofman in the fifth inning and ran into trouble in the sixth.
San Fernando loaded the bases on a single, a walk and an error in center field, but only scored one run.
Jason Karkenny came in to relieve Milone with no outs and the bases loaded. He got Robert Berumen to hit a sacrifice fly to center, then ended the inning on a 6-4-3 double play.
Isaac Dominguez reached base four times for San Fernando. He was 2-for-2 with a double, a walk and was hit by a pitch. He scored a run in the seventh inning.
DeVito was 3-for-4 for Chatsworth. He had three singles and scored a run in the fourth inning. Voets had two hits and an RBI.