Sports Briefs: Crescenta Valley High ace picked for North-South game

Beer tabbed to Southern All-Stars

Crescenta Valley High junior pitcher Trevor Beer was selected to the South roster to compete in the 48th annual North-South baseball high school all-star series on Saturday and Sunday at Santa Clara High.

Beer was one of 20 players chosen and the only local in the three-game set that starts with a double-header on Saturday at 1 p.m.

There will be one game on Sunday at 10 a.m.The series is put on by the California Baseball Coaches Assn.

Last season, the North defeated the South in the three-game series, 2-1.

For more information, check out www.calbca.com.

Lewis leads St. Francis all-leaguers

Overall, the St. Francis High baseball team’s 2017 season was one of great improvement that was easily seen despite a losing record.

Leading the way on the field in that turnaround was senior outfielder Brandon Lewis, who was recognized as a first-team All-Mission League selection.

“Brandon was like having another coach on the staff. From day one this school year, we worked together to begin changing the culture around St. Francis baseball to be focused on strong character, grit and excellence,” first-year St. Francis coach Aaron Dolarque said. “Brandon is a very talented baseball player, a first-class human being and we are really going to miss having him around campus and on the diamond."

Lewis, who batted an exceptional .489 in league play, hit .408 (29 for 71) overall with 12 runs, 19 RBI, 26 walks, a .584 on-base percentage and nine stolen bases.

Teammates Christian Muro and Aaron Treloar were second-team picks.

Muro, a junior shortstop, hit .289 with 27 runs and 13 RBI for the Golden Knights and also stole 13 bases.Treloar, a junior pitcher and utility player, hit .286 with 17 RBI.

St. Francis went 9-20, 6-12 in league which included a season-ending win over league champion Notre Dame.

It was the most league wins for the program since 2011.

Crescenta Valley football racking up summer success

Crescenta Valley High football is turning in a terrific summer passing league season.

On Saturday, the Falcons soared to a runner-up finish in the Saugus Tournament, falling against Paraclete in the tourney championship.

To begin the passing tournament season, Crescenta Valley defeated St. Francis in the semifinals en route to beating El Camino Real in the finals of its own tournament.

On June 3, Crescenta Valley won the Mountain View Tournament, defeating Montebello in the semifinals ahead of a championship win against Northview.

Also at the Mountain View Tournament, the Falcons won the lineman competition, which was a competition that featured weightlifting.

Said Falcons Coach Paul Schilling: “We are having an amazing summer.”

Estrada absorbs second straight loss

Former Glendale Community College and current Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada struggled in a second straight loss Wednesday in a 4-1 setback to the Oakland Athletics.

Estrada was tagged for four runs after run-scoring doubles by Khris Davis and Ryon Healy forced the right-hander out of the game with two outs in the sixth inning.

“I didn't give the team a chance to win,” Estrada told MLB.com. “That's basically it. Not being able to go deep into the game. I felt pretty good, but the last inning kind of got away. It's unfortunate. I was making pretty decent pitches early on and they got a little aggressive the last inning and I didn't make pitches.”

The loss dropped Estrada to 4-4 on the season.

In 13 starts, he has a 4.04 earned-run average with 35 runs (all earned), a team-leading 90 strikeouts and 20 walks.

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