Los Angeles Preps: Lucas Giolito

Washington Nationals pick Lucas Giolito

June, 4, 2012
The Washington Nationals selected Harvard-Westlake pitcher Lucas Giolito in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft with the 16th pick overall.

Giolito slipped in the draft, but not out of the first round. He was projected as possibly the first pick in the draft before he sprained his ulnar collateral ligament and made only three starts in his senior season.

The right-hander was 2-1 with a 0.84 ERA in his senior season at Harvard-Westlake. Giolito was 9-1 with 78 strikeouts and a 1.00 ERA in 70 1/3 innings pitched in his junior season. He had three shutouts and tossed four complete games.

Giolito is committed to play at UCLA.

San Diego Padres select Max Fried

June, 4, 2012
Max Fried, a left-handed pitcher from Harvard-Westlake, was selected by the San Diego Padres in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft. He was taken with the seventh overall pick.

Fried (8-2) had 105 strikeouts and 33 walks in 66 innings pitched in his senior season. He had four complete games and two shutouts with a 2.02 ERA.

He is verbally committed to UCLA, along with Harvard-Westlake teammate Lucas Giolito.

Giolito was a projected first-round pick as well, by he had arm surgery and was limited to three starts in his senior season.

The L.A. North baseball nine

March, 18, 2012
The high school baseball season started a couple weeks ago with a few area teams beginning league play last week. The L.A. North region has some talented teams, including the reigning City Section champions at San Fernando High School. Harvard-Westlake has one of the most dangerous pitching staffs in Southern California. Valencia has one of the most potent offenses. Here is a look at the L.A. North nine, in alphabetical order, the teams to watch in the 2012 season:
  1. Alemany (7-1-1), ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 poll, has an ace in Cody Thompson and will challenge Harvard-Westlake for the Mission League championship. Thompson threw five shut-out innings against Dos Pueblos in a 3-0 win on Tuesday. He has given up one run in his first 22 innings.
  2. Buena (8-1), ranked No. 10 in the Southern Section Division 2 poll, is coming off a 6-5 win over Santa Barbara. Senior shortstop Corey Dodge is hitting .680 with five doubles and seven RBIs in the first nine games of the season.
  3. Harvard-Westlake (7-2-1), the fourth-ranked team in the Southern Section Division 2 poll, swept Crespi in Mission League play last week. Starter Max Fried, who had 10 strikeouts in his team’s 3-1 win over Crespi on Friday, will be expected to carry the load for Harvard-Westlake after fellow starter and equally touted Lucas Giolito will have to sit out the season with an injured elbow.
  4. Malibu (7-1), the No. 7 team in the Southern Section Division 4 poll, won its first seven games of the season, including a doubleheader sweep of Channel Islands on March 10. The team is batting .388 and five players are hitting .444 or better. Senior infielder Jordan Simons leads the team with a .567 batting average.
  5. Newbury Park (6-1), the No. 9 team in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll, has won four games in a row including its first two in Marmonte League play against Moorpark. Starter Luke Eubank is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 21 innings.
  6. San Fernando (6-2), the reigning City Section champion, has found an ace in sophomore Alonzo Garcia. He threw a one-hitter against Banning and improved to 3-0 last week. Garcia has a 0.73 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 24 innings.
  7. Simi Valley (6-1), the No. 8 team in the Southern Section Division 1 poll, has possibly the best player in the Marmonte League in senior shortstop Cody Ramer. He hit .470 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 30 games as a junior.
  8. Valencia (5-1), ranked No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll, has won four Foothill League championships in a row. The Vikings started league with a dominating, 13-5, win over Golden Valley, but lost to West Ranch, 2-1, on Friday. Valencia has three of the top hitters in Southern California in Trey Williams, AJ Balta and Brian Mundell. Balta, a junior, hit .425 with 11 home runs and 25 RBIs in his sophomore season.
  9. West Ranch (5-1-1) already has a few signature wins early in the season. The Wildcats drew first blood against Foothill League rival Valencia, 2-1, on Friday. Starter JC Cloney shut down the potent Valencia offense, giving up only three hits and striking out 11. West Ranch also beat Alemany, 4-3, in the Easton Tournament, and Chatsworth, 7-6.

LA North: 13-year-old leads junior golf tournament at Robinson Ranch

August, 18, 2011
Sahith Theegala, a 13-year-old from Chino Hills, leads the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series tournament at Robinson Ranch in Santa Clarita after the first two rounds.

He was 5-under par after the first two rounds of the tournament. The third and final round started today.

Theegala has won three tournaments this year in the Southern California PGA Junior Tour. He won the Toyota Tour Cup Series Club tournament in April, the SCPGA Junior Match Play Championships at Los Serranos Golf Course in June and the 61st annual Gail Stockton Memorial tournament at Arrowhead Country Club.

Max Fried transfers to Harvard-Westlake

Max Fried, one of the casualties of Montclair Prep’s decision to end its athletic programs, has enrolled at Harvard-Westlake. Fried is considered one of the top baseball prospects in the country and has committed to UCLA in the fall, the Daily News reported.

The senior joins Lucas Giolito, another UCLA commit and top pitching prospect, at Harvard-Westlake.

LA North and Orange County: Simi Valley eliminates El Toro

May, 24, 2011
Simi Valley beat El Toro from Lake Forest, 4-2, behind a three-hit day from Cole Acheronti to advance to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.

Simi Valley is the only team from the LA North region still alive in the Division 1 playoffs. Valencia, Hart and Newbury Park all lost in the second round.

In the Division 2 playoffs, Harvard-Westlake starter Lucas Giolito threw a no-hitter in his team’s 1-0 win over Arroyo Grande.

Giolito struck out 12 and walked two. Harvard-Westlake plays top-seeded Mission Viejo in the quarterfinals.

Here’s a look at the results from the second round of the Southern Section baseball playoffs:

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