Los Angeles Preps: Shane Zeile

LA North: Baseball notes

May, 12, 2011
The Westlake baseball team won an extremely competitive Marmonte League with a 15-2 win over Agoura.

Westlake’s win, coupled with a Newbury Park 8-7 loss to Simi Valley, gives the Warriors a one-game lead in league with one game to play. The Marmonte League season finales are on Friday.

Luke Dykstra hit a grand slam to pace Westlake over Agoura.

Simi Valley scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Newbury Park, which came out of nowhere to be the biggest challenger to Westlake for the league title.

Nick Vigo homered and Dylan Alexander drove in three runs for Simi Valley, which wound up in second place in the Marmonte League standings.

Dane Tucker was 4-for-4 for Newbury Park. Simi Valley and Newbury Park have 9-5 league records, but Simi Valley holds the tie-breaker.

In other Marmonte League games, Thousand Oaks beat Calabasas, 8-5. Royal of Simi Valley beat Moorpark, 8-5, and won its school record 11th game in a row.

Foothill League: Valencia beat Canyon, 8-5, and won at least a share of the Foothill League championship. Trey Williams and AJ Balta each hit two-run home runs. Shane Zeile also homered and Alex Bishop had three hits.

Hart beat Golden Valley, 7-4, and is a game behind Valencia with one game to play in league. Garrett Gooding capped a five-run second inning for Hart with a bases-loaded double that drove in three runs.

West Ranch beat Saugus, 5-3.

West Valley League: Chatsworth won the league championship with a 6-2 win over Birmingham. But Woodland Hills Taft made a mess of the league standings with a 12-0 win over El Camino Real.

With the win, Taft created a three-way tie for third place in the league standings. Taft has wins over Chatsworth and El Camino. It will be interesting to see where Taft is seeded in the playoffs, certainly a team no one wants to face in the first round.

Taft starter Zach Friedman threw a three-hitter and was 3-for-3 at the plate against El Camino. Jerry Barrajas drove in three runs.

Chatsworth starter Angel Rodriguez went the distance against Birmingham, striking out seven. Steve Karkenny and Raul Camas each hit RBI doubles.

Granada Hills beat Cleveland of Reseda, 6-5. Kurt Mateko hit a home run. Cleveland, Birmingham and Taft are tied for third place in league. El Camino is a game ahead of those three teams in second place.

Valley Mission League: Granada Hills Kennedy stayed undefeated in league with a 3-1 win over San Fernando.

Kennedy starter Alberto Flores took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He gave up a lead-off triple to David Garcia that broke up the no-hitter. Flores struck out five and walked none to finish with a one-hitter.

Andrew Pacleb and David Gutierrez each had RBI singles for Kennedy. Brandon Ortiz drove in Kennedy’s other run with a squeeze bunt.

Kennedy (11-0 in league) has a one-game lead over San Fernando (10-1 in league), which lost its first league game of the season. Kennedy and San Fernando play again on Friday. All-City pitchers Ryan Cruz for Kennedy and David Lira for San Fernando are scheduled to start.
  1. San Fernando senior Jose Reyes threw his first career no-hitter and beat Roosevelet, 3-0, in the Tiger Classic tournament on Saturday. Reyes stuck out nine and walked two. He also drove in a run. Kevin Martinez had three hits and drove in a run for San Fernando. Willie Vazquez knocked in a run with an RBI double as San Fernando improved to 11-2.
  2. The Valencia baseball team is crushing teams of late. The Vikings are averaging 9.2 runs in the first nine games of the season. In their last four games, the Vikings, ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division I poll, are averaging 12 runs. They are coming off a 17-13 win over Saugus in a Foothill League game Friday. Shane Zeile, nephew of former Dodger Todd Zeile, hit two home runs and drove in six. James Bonds went 5-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs. For Zeile, it was his third homer in the past two games. He has four home runs on the season with 12 RBIs and is hitting .500 (15-for-30).
  3. Across town at Hart High School in Newhall, the Indians are winning with pitching and defense. Six of the team’s 11 wins have come via shutout. Erik Vogel shut out West Ranch 2-0 on Friday in a Foothill League game. He tossed a three-hitter and struck out three. Tyler Glasnow and Ricky Torres combined to shut out Canyon of Anaheim, 9-0, in the OC Nissan Tournament on Saturday. Glasnow started the game, struck out nine and gave up only four hits in six innings. Torres pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Hart and Valencia meet for the second time this season on April 13. Valencia won the first meeting between the two teams, 9-8, on March 30.
  4. The Valencia softball team won its second tournament, beating Santiago Corona, 2-1, in the championship game of the Stu Penter Classic in Norco. Valencia pitcher Carly Mortensen earned tournament MVP. She struck out nine in the championship game. Justine Sibthorp hit a solo home run in the fifth inning that proved to be the difference. Valencia is ranked ninth in the nation by ESPN Rise and third in the CIF Southern Section Divison I poll. The Vikings also won the Tournament of Champions in Bullhead City, Ariz., and have lost only one game. Valencia lost to Riverside Poly, 3-1, in a rain-shortened game in the Nike/ESPN Rise Faster to First tournament.
  5. Oaks Christian freshman Kristin Cullen no-hit Nordhoff with 17 strikeouts in her team’s 9-0 win in the Tri-Valley League. Hanah Roberg drove in four runs and was 3-for-4 with two triples. Kiana Quolas was 3-for-4 with three doubles and scored three runs. Oaks Christian has won 12 games in a row, includling two in the Birmingham Tournament over the weekend. Quolas tossed a three-hit shuout with seven strikeouts and beat Canyon 3-0 on Saturday.