Los Angeles Preps: George Lopez

San Fernando baseball Vegas bound

March, 30, 2012
The San Fernando baseball team is off to Las Vegas next week for the annual Durango Classic. Awaiting the reigning CIF City Section champions will be Sierra Vista, a team many consider the second best in the state of Nevada behind Bishop Gorman.

San Fernando coach Armando Gomez plans on starting Alonzo Garcia against Sierra Vista. Garcia, a sophomore, has emerged as the ace of the staff. Gomez doesn’t exactly have a designated No. 2 starter yet. Rather, he has been using a pitching staff by committee to fill in the gaps between Garcia’s starts.

Three pitchers combined to shut out Van Nuys Grant, 11-0, on Friday. Carlos Robles started the game and went three innings. Ruben Armenta came in for the next two and Miguel Hernandez pitched the seventh inning.

Isaac Dominguez provided the offense going 3-for-5 with two triples and drove in four runs. Garcia, who also plays the outfield, had a two-run double in his only at-bat.

Gomez says he hopes his team plays Chatsworth at some point during the Durango Classic. Monroe, Verdugo Hills and Sun Valley Poly are teams from the San Fernando Valley that are also entered in the tournament.

San Fernando (11-3) has won all four of its Valley Mission League games. Gomez said his team could easily be 13-1 overall.

“The three losses we’ve had, we probably should have won two of them,” Gomez said. The Tigers lost to Paraclete, 6-5, in the second game of the season. They lost 2-1 to Agoura on March 24. The only blowout was a 9-0 loss to Buena on Feb. 29.

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L.A. North: George Lopez rings true for San Fernando baseball team

December, 19, 2011
Fans, supporters and celebrities poured out in support of the San Feranando baseball team after the Tigers won their first CIF City Section championship since 1991.

San Fernando beat Chatsworth, 8-6, in the championship game at Dodger Stadium. But when it came time to buy rings commemorating their championship season, the players and parents didn’t have the money to pay for them. It was later discovered that the 1991 team was in the same boat and never received rings for the championship season.

The baseball players started selling T-shirts recognizing both championship teams, 20 years apart, to raise money for equipment, uniforms and hopefully rings.

That’s when comedian George Lopez stepped in. He graduated from San Fernando High in 1977 and played a little baseball when he was a student. He offered to buy the players their rings and help out raising funds for equipment.

At least the 2011 San Fernando players will have a precious memento from their championship season.

LA North: George Lopez offers to buy CIF rings for San Fernando baseball team

June, 10, 2011
George LopezAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty ImagesComedian George Lopez attended San Fernando High and played baseball. He's proud his alma mater recently won its first City Section title in the sport since 1991.

To raise money to buy CIF championship rings, the San Fernando baseball team started selling T-shirts. That’s before comedian George Lopez stepped in.

Lopez, who graduated from San Fernando High School in 1979 and played on the baseball team, told coach Armando Gomez he wanted to buy the players their rings. That amounts to about 30 rings, for players and coaches, to the tune of $400 apiece or $12,000 total.

The only stipulation, Gomez said, was that Lopez wanted a ring for himself.

“I was so grateful for the generosity he’s shown toward us,” Gomez said. “I told him, ‘You can have whatever you want.’ ”

San Fernando won the CIF City Section championship by beating Chatsworth, 8-6, at Dodger Stadium last Saturday. It was the first City title for San Fernando since 1991. Gomez said the 1991 team doesn’t have a championship banner at the school. He wants to be able to buy two banners, one for the 2011 team and one for the 1991 team.

The T-shirts his team is still selling to raise money for equipment and supplies recognizes the 2011 championship and the 20th anniversary of the 1991 championship.

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