Los Angeles Preps: Westlake Village Oaks Christian

Inland Empire: Garvey vs. Gretzky in Division 4 showdown in the desert

May, 29, 2011
5/29/11
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CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION BASEBALL SEMIFINALS

TOP CHOICE

Palm Desert vs. Westlake Village Oaks Christian at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Tuesday, 3:15 p.m.

Even if this Division 4 semifinal didn’t feature two of the most recognized last names in Los Angeles sports history, it still stands as a pretty good match up. But the selling point, no doubt, will be Palm Desert outfielder Ryan Garvey, the son of legendary Dodgers first basemen Steve Garvey, trying to lead the Aztecs over visiting Westlake Village Oaks Christian and first baseman Trevor Gretzky, the son of—you guessed it—all-time great hockey player Wayne Gretzky, who spent 7 seasons with the Kings. Garvey, who signed with USC and should go high in next month’s MLB draft, is hitting .374 with a team-high nine home runs and 44 RBIs. Garvey would like nothing more than to win this game and return to his father’s former place of business, Dodger Stadium, for the championship game Friday at 4:30 p.m. Gretzky, who signed with San Diego State, is hitting .394 with 31 runs scored and 26 RBIs. He had two doubles and two runs scored in a 6-3 quarterfinal victory Friday against fourth-seeded Laguna Beach.

SECOND BEST

Riverside North vs. Lakewood at Blair Field in Long Beach, Tuesday, 4 p.m.

The dream season continues for North. A year after finishing last in the Big VIII League and two years removed from a 4-24 season, the Huskies won their first league title in 14 years earlier this month. They haven't let up either, advancing to the Division 1 semifinals, their first trip past the quarters since winning the Division 2 title 1994. That season they were led by the division’s player of the year and future Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy. North has been leaning on its pitching during this postseason run, and the Huskies will have junior left-hander Jack Johnson rested and ready for Lakewood. Johnson (6-2) threw a one-hitter in a 3-0 second-round victory against fourth-seeded JSerra and was the winning pitcher in the league-clinching victory two weeks ago against Riverside King. Lakewood has history on its side and a pretty good familiarly with the wind and spaciousness of Blair Field. The Lancers have won five section titles, most recently in 2006, and are coming off a 3-1 victory Friday against one of the best prep southpaws in the nation, Henry Owens of Huntington Beach Edison.

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