Los Angeles Preps: Jimmy Gosano



LAKEWOOD -- Shane Watson was a mess earlier in the year. He smiles about it now because he can. Lakewood baseball coach Spud O'Neil jokes about it because it's true.

There was nothing messy about Watson's complete game performance Friday afternoon, as the ace guided Lakewood to an upset of top-seeded Huntington Beach Edison, 3-1, in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. Watson gave up just four hits, out-dueling top major league pitching prospect Henry Owens.

Not bad for a guy who is a few months removed from undergoing surgery to repair a broken shin.

"I wasn't raising my lower half," recalled Watson, who had a metal rod and three screws placed in his leg. "I wasn't getting a lot of strikes. I just kept practicing hard and working hard."

Watson shut down one of the state's top lineups, facing the minimum through three and giving up one hit through five. He improved to 10-2 on the season.

"He's not going to strike out as many guys as Owens," O'Neil said, "but he's got a very good defense behind him. He's been getting better every game. He's really become a leader on this team and you can see by today that he's a winner also."

Lakewood (29-4-1) scored twice in the third on back-to-back RBI doubles from J.P. Yakel and Jonathan Pasillas and, after Edison (25-4) cut the deficit in half, added an insurance run in the sixth on a Jimmy Gosano bunt single.

It was a methodical kind of play -- "small ball," per say -- that eventually doomed Edison, the team everyone expected to hoist the trophy at Dodger Stadium. This group of Chargers, led by Owens and projected draft picks Christian Lopes and Eric Snyder, were three-time league champions and tied the school record for most wins in a season.

"We lost to a team that won 28 ballgames," Edison coach Steve Lambright said. "I'm not bitter. Lakewood did a great job. They outplayed us. I wish them all the luck in the semifinals. ... I'm proud of my team. They have nothing to hang their heads about."

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LA South: Five things from the weekend

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1. On Saturday, Bishop Amat's Kylie Price won the girls' 100 meters at the Del Rey League finals, registering the fastest time in California this year at 11.75. Serra's George Farmer, a receiver bound for USC in the fall, won the boys' 100 with a time of 10.59. Current Serra teammate -- and future USC teammate -- Marqise Lee came in second at 10.87.

2. The Keppel badminton team won its second consecutive CIF Southern Section championship Saturday, ousting Diamond Bar 12-9. Keppel won all eight of the boys matches; Diamond Bar won all eight of the girls matches. The Aztecs took it by winning four of the five mixed doubles.

3. Pitcher Franny Vaaulu paced the Warren softball team to the La Mirada Showcase Tournament title Saturday. Vaaulu didn't start because she had to take the SAT exam, but was nearly untouchable when she arrived, giving up only one hit and striking out 10 in the 5-2 win over California. It was Warren's 15th straight win. The Bears (21-3) went into the week ranked No. 5 in Division 3.

4. The Mira Costa boys' volleyball team will have a target on its back on the road to redemption. The Mustangs (31-1) received the No. 1 seed in the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs Sunday. The Bay League winners lost to Loyola in the CIF title match last year. "We're finally healthy and the kids are motivated," Mira Costa co-coach Mike Ninnis told the Daily Breeze. "They're ready for the playoffs."

5. Another baseball game between Lakewood and Compton, another 29-run margin of victory for the Lancers. Lakewood followed up its 30-1 win over Compton from April 6 with a 29-0 drubbing on Friday. Nick Torres, Jimmy Gosano and Zach Alofaituli each scored four runs. The Lancers (25-4-1, 10-1) weren't expected to win the Moore League, but they clinched at least a share of the title with the victory. They can win it outright by beating Long Beach Jordan on Wednesday.

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