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Baseball: St. Francis-Chaminade opens Mission League tonight

The always competitive Mission League, one of the best in Southern Section Division 1 baseball, kicks off tonight with St. Francis (5-3) playing Chaminade (3-3) at 7 p.m. at Brookside Park.

St. Francis is coming off a Saturday in which it played a tripleheader _ winning two of the three games.

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Jonathan Tyler has pitched well for the Golden Knights. He has 16 strikeouts in nine innings. Jason Ajamian is 10 for 20 with with 10 RBI for first-year Coach Terry Phillips.

Chaminade has gotten off to a surprisingly slow start, struggling with fielding issues while trying to develop its pitching staff. Blake Rutherford, the standout junior outfielder, had an inside-the-park grand slam last week.

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Crespi plays Alemany on Tuesday and Harvard-Westlake takes on Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

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