Los Angeles Preps: David Lira

LA North: San Fernando 2, El Camino Real 1 in 10 innings

June, 1, 2011

LOS ANGELES – San Fernando starter David Lira went the distance in a 2-1 extra-innings win over El Camino Real in the CIF City Section Division I semifinals at Dedeaux Field at USC on Wednesday night.

Lira struck out 11 and gave up only one run and three hits in 10 innings. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and walked only one batter.

Jose Reyes drove in the winning run with a one-out double in the top of the 10th inning that scored Willie Vazquez.

San Fernando took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. James An knocked in Vazquez with a two-out single.

El Camino tied the score, 1-1, in the sixth inning. Jake Mills hit an RBI triple that scored pinch runner JJ Crane.

El Camino starter Jose Cardona matched Lira pitch-for-pitch for the first eight innings. Cardona left the game after giving up one run on six hits. He struck out seven and walked one.

San Fernando, the sixth-seeded team in the playoffs, will play Chatsworth in the Division I championship game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Chatsworth, the top-seeded team in the playoffs, beat Birmingham, 4-1, in the other semifinal.
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: Baseball notes

May, 12, 2011
The Westlake baseball team won an extremely competitive Marmonte League with a 15-2 win over Agoura.

Westlake’s win, coupled with a Newbury Park 8-7 loss to Simi Valley, gives the Warriors a one-game lead in league with one game to play. The Marmonte League season finales are on Friday.

Luke Dykstra hit a grand slam to pace Westlake over Agoura.

Simi Valley scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Newbury Park, which came out of nowhere to be the biggest challenger to Westlake for the league title.

Nick Vigo homered and Dylan Alexander drove in three runs for Simi Valley, which wound up in second place in the Marmonte League standings.

Dane Tucker was 4-for-4 for Newbury Park. Simi Valley and Newbury Park have 9-5 league records, but Simi Valley holds the tie-breaker.

In other Marmonte League games, Thousand Oaks beat Calabasas, 8-5. Royal of Simi Valley beat Moorpark, 8-5, and won its school record 11th game in a row.

Foothill League: Valencia beat Canyon, 8-5, and won at least a share of the Foothill League championship. Trey Williams and AJ Balta each hit two-run home runs. Shane Zeile also homered and Alex Bishop had three hits.

Hart beat Golden Valley, 7-4, and is a game behind Valencia with one game to play in league. Garrett Gooding capped a five-run second inning for Hart with a bases-loaded double that drove in three runs.

West Ranch beat Saugus, 5-3.

West Valley League: Chatsworth won the league championship with a 6-2 win over Birmingham. But Woodland Hills Taft made a mess of the league standings with a 12-0 win over El Camino Real.

With the win, Taft created a three-way tie for third place in the league standings. Taft has wins over Chatsworth and El Camino. It will be interesting to see where Taft is seeded in the playoffs, certainly a team no one wants to face in the first round.

Taft starter Zach Friedman threw a three-hitter and was 3-for-3 at the plate against El Camino. Jerry Barrajas drove in three runs.

Chatsworth starter Angel Rodriguez went the distance against Birmingham, striking out seven. Steve Karkenny and Raul Camas each hit RBI doubles.

Granada Hills beat Cleveland of Reseda, 6-5. Kurt Mateko hit a home run. Cleveland, Birmingham and Taft are tied for third place in league. El Camino is a game ahead of those three teams in second place.

Valley Mission League: Granada Hills Kennedy stayed undefeated in league with a 3-1 win over San Fernando.

Kennedy starter Alberto Flores took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He gave up a lead-off triple to David Garcia that broke up the no-hitter. Flores struck out five and walked none to finish with a one-hitter.

Andrew Pacleb and David Gutierrez each had RBI singles for Kennedy. Brandon Ortiz drove in Kennedy’s other run with a squeeze bunt.

Kennedy (11-0 in league) has a one-game lead over San Fernando (10-1 in league), which lost its first league game of the season. Kennedy and San Fernando play again on Friday. All-City pitchers Ryan Cruz for Kennedy and David Lira for San Fernando are scheduled to start.