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El Camino Real baseball Coach Josh Lienhard has put together a 16-team summer tournament this week that he's calling the Battle of the Valley.
It begins Wednesday and the championship game will be Saturday at Birmingham.
First-round games at 5 p.m. on Wednesday: Crespi at El Camino Real; Poly at Taft; Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at San Fernando; Burroughs at Cleveland; Calabasas at Birmingham; Kennedy at Alemany; Sierra Canyon at Sylmar; Verdugo Hills at Chatsworth.
Games will continue Thursday with the quarterfinals. The semifinals on Friday will be at 3 and 6:30 p.m. at Birmingham.