Chancellors, Comets out-muscle opponents
LOS ANGELES -- A pair of CIF Los Angeles City Section Championship games ended in blowouts at Dodger Stadium here Saturday. Westchester (Los Angeles) and Chatsworth (Calif.) proved to be too much for Monroe (North Hills, Calif.) and Cleveland (Reseda, Calif.), respectively.
Chancellors roll past Cavaliers, 9-0
Chatsworth made its third straight appearance in the Los Angeles City Section Finals at Dodger Stadium, and for the second time in three years, faced Cleveland.
Can you say threepeat?
That's what the Chancellors' fans were shouting in the seventh inning. Overall, this was the Chancellors' ninth section title and the sixth in this decade.
The Chancellors came into the game ranked No. 6 in the state by ESPN RISE CalHiSports and No. 42 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national rankings. They entered the playoffs as the No. 2 overall seed, with Cleveland earning the No. 1 seed.
The Chancellors got on the board in the second inning when Sean O'Connell drove in catcher Carlos Escobar Jr.
Escobar then got things rolling in the top of the fourth with a ground rule double, which looked like it left the yard. He scored again on an O'Connell single and that was how the flood gates opened.
The Chatsworth catcher came up again in the fourth inning, this time with two runners on. He busted a three-run shot that landed in the left field bleachers, giving the Chancellors a 9-0 lead.
Lefty ace Michael Renner went the distance for the Chancellors, with four strikeouts and he sat down the last eleven batters he faced. The best chance Cleveland had to pout a run on the board came in the fourth inning, as they put runners on the corners.
Westchester cruises past Monroe
The Comets entered the CIF Los Angeles City Section Div. II game as the No. 1 seed, and their opponent, Monroe, entered as the No. 15 overall seed. The Vikings went into Dodger Stadium with a 11-14 record. They had a magical playoff run topping the No. 2, No. 7 and No. 3 seeds before meeting the Comets.
Just as Escobar led the way in the night cap, the Comets' Chris Jacobs did the same for Westchester. The shortstop was on fire throughout the entire game. In his first at-bat, he doubled and scored on a RBI double by Robert Gsellman.
Jacobs came up in the second inning and blasted a two-out, three-run homer into the left field bullpen pushing Westchester out to a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, he deposited a fastball into the left-field stands, just past the foul pole to end the game in walk-off fashion, courtesy of the 10-run mercy rule.
For the Comets, it was their third title overall and their second since 2007. Ironically, the Comets won their first title in 1983, the same year Chatsworth won its first. The CIF Southern Section Championships will be held next weekend at Angel Stadium
Andrew Drennen covers high school baseball for ESPN RISE.
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