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LA North: San Fernando Valley teams fill CIF City Section baseball semifinals

5/27/2011

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:

DIVISION II

Quarterfinals, Thursday

North Hollywood 5, Maywood 4

Lincoln 8, Gardena 7

Los Angeles Wilson 6, Dorsey 5

No. 15 Franklin at No. 10 South Gate

Semifinals, Tuesday, 3 and 6 p.m. at Birmingham

No. 9 North Hollywood vs. No. 13 Lincoln

No. 6 Los Angeles Wilson vs. Franklin/South Gate winner

Finals, June 4 at Dodger Stadium (Division II at 11 a.m.; Division I at 2 p.m.)

DIVISION III

Championship, Thursday

Los Angeles CES 11, Sherman Oaks CES 1