Los Angeles Preps: Temple City

Baseball D4: Palm Desert 4, Temple City 0

June, 2, 2012

RIVERSIDE -- The glove was the first thing to go. After that, Brooks Kriske didn't remember much.

The USC-bound pitcher tossed a complete game four-hit shutout, leading Palm Desert to the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 baseball championship with a 4-0 victory against Temple City at UC Riverside on Saturday night.

Kriske struck out the final batter, his 10th of the night, and everything that followed was a blur.

"It's what I was dreaming of, it's how I wanted to end it," Kriske said. "That was the big bang."

Top-seeded Palm Desert scored all of its runs in the first inning, providing the cushion that allowed Kriske to attack hitters. He peppered the strike zone with his fastball. No need to get fancy.

"My off-speed wasn't really there," said Kriske, who improved to 10-3 on the season. "In the first inning, to score four runs, you go in there and pump strikes."

Palm Desert, making its third consecutive title-game appearance, avenged last year's heartbreak. The Aztecs fell to Bishop Amat, 7-0, in the championship last season at Dodger Stadium. In 2010 they beat Torrance, 9-0. Palm Desert (26-8) closed the season on a 13-game win streak.

"This means a lot to the guys that have been here," Palm Desert head coach Darol Salazar said.

Temple City (24-4-1) rallied in the sixth by getting its first two batters on base but couldn't muster any runs. Senior pitcher Calvin Copping suffered his first loss of the season.

Kriske got the final out on a heater, high and away. He turned around, viciously swung his fist and hurled his glove into the air before being tackled by his teammates.

"We had a little practice two years ago," Kriske said. "We're used to it."

La Canada softball pitchers combine on no-hitter

May, 8, 2012

TEMPLE CITY -- The right arm of Lauren Cox has been carrying the La Canada softball team all season. Cox and Alyssa Stolmack combined on a no-hitter against Temple City and won the Rio Hondo League championship at Temple City High School on Monday.

Cox started the game, went five innings and walked only one batter. Her catcher, Catherine Horner, provided the pop with a two-run home run and the Spartans shut out Temple City, 7-0.

“We know we don’t have to get Lauren too many runs,” La Canada coach K.C. Mathews said. “She’s been fantastic in the circle all year long. She does a tremendous job. Our pitching has been our strength.”

Cox wasn’t necessarily dominate -- she struck out only four batters -- but retired the first 11 batters she faced. The only player to reach base against her was Kristin Hudak with a two-out walk in the fourth inning.

Stolmack relieved Cox in the sixth inning and pitched two perfect innings to complete the no-hitter. She also added some sock at the plate, hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning.

“She’s strong. She’s got strong legs,” Mathews said. “When she gets a hold of one, it’s going to go.”

Horner hit a two-run home run that bounced off the top of the fence in left field in the fifth inning to give La Canada a 5-0 lead.

La Canada (19-4-1), the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Division 5 poll, scored one run in the first inning and two more in the second inning to give Cox an early 3-0 lead. The only drawback in the game for La Canada was that the team left nine runners on base.

“We just kept nibbling and nibbling and didn’t take advantage of all our opportunities,” Mathews said. “We left quite a few runners on base. If we don’t clean that up a little bit in the playoffs, it’s going to hurt.”

Temple City (6-17) dropped to 2-7 in Rio Hondo League play.

Calabasas faces Palos Verdes in Division 3AA

February, 16, 2012
Top-seeded Calabasas had a bye in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs. The Coyotes will play No. 16 Palos Verdes, 61-42 winners over Hueneme, in the second round.

No. 13 Agoura survived a first-round scare and beat Diamond Ranch by one point, 67-66. The Chargers will play fifth-seeded Torrance in the second round.

Only a couple of upsets in the first round. El Modena beat sixth-seeded Rancho Alamitos and Yorba Linda beat 10th-seeded Temple City.

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Inland Empire: Key first-round softball games

May, 19, 2011

Division 1

Mater Dei at Riverside Poly, Thursday, 2:30 p.m.

These teams met in a season-opening tournament in Bullhead, Ariz. and Mater Dei won, 10-1. The Bears didn’t finish off the regular season too well either, losing to Corona Santiago, 14-5, to miss out on a share of the Big VIII League title. The playoffs haven't gone well for Mater Dei lately. The Monarchs haven't advanced past the second round since 2005.

Yucaipa at Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos, Thursday, 3;15 p.m.

Los Osos proved it can play with any team in Division 1 by defeating second-seeded Etiwanda, 1-0, in a Baseline League game last week, though the Eagles had already clinched at least a share of the league title and the league’s No. 1 seed for the playoffs. Yucaipa enters the playoffs on a six-game winning streak.

Division 2

Ontario Colony at Moreno Valley Valley View, Thursday, 3:15 p.m.

Colony advanced to the first round with a 7-4 wild-card victory Tuesday against visiting Norwalk. Valley View, the Inland Valley League champion, is led by freshman pitcher Ashley Birnie (8-1, 1.96 ERA).

Division 3

Manhattan Beach Mira Costa at Lake Elsinore Lakeside, Thursday, 3:15 p.m.

Tough draw for Lakeside as Mira Costa tied for the Bay League championship but lost the tiebreaker with co-champ Palos Verdes Peninsula and ended up as the league’s No. 2 seed. Lakeside, the Sunbelt League champion, will count on junior pitcher Jasmine Smithson-Willett (18-6, 1.21).

Division 4

Riverside Patriot at La Quinta, Thursday, 3;15 p.m.

Patriot has no problem scoring runs, as evident by its 16-7 wild-card victory Tuesday against Redlands Arrowhead Christian. The question is, can the Warriors outscore the Blackhawks, who are averaging nearly eight runs a game this season?

Division 5

Temple City at Barstow, Thursday, 3:15 p.m.

This figures to be an offensive showdown between North Dakota-bound senior Jessica Loicano of Temple City and Taylor Purdy and Miranda Peralta of Barstow, all of whom are batting .500 or better this season.

Division 6

Rosamond at Yucca Valley, Thursday, 3:15 p.m.

Yucca Valley junior pitcher Felicia Gonzales (11-6, 2.51) has won her last eight decisions.

Division 7

Trona at Riverside Bethel Christian, Thursday, 3;15 p.m.

Jordan Ward leads Bethel Christian in both hitting and pitching.