Los Angeles Preps: Kevin Martinez

San Fernando eliminates Granada Hills in City Section baseball playoffs

May, 22, 2012

SAN FERNANDO – Armando Gomez decided to gamble a bit in the first round of the City Section Division I baseball playoffs against Granada Hills.

The coach of the San Fernando baseball team, the reigning City Section champion, went with his No. 2 starter, Kevin Martinez, opting to save his ace, Alonzo Garcia, for the second round.

The gamble paid off as Martinez pitched a six-hit shutout and San Fernando eliminated Granada Hills, 3-0, at San Fernando High School on Tuesday.

“He’s quieted the critics now,” Gomez said. “I don’t want to get to Thursday and not have our No. 1. Kevin’s been great in big games. It didn’t bug him at all.”

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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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