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Hart Coach Jim Ozella might lose all his hair this baseball season because of all the blown leads in the seventh inning by his team.

Finally, the Indians held on to defeat West Ranch 4-3 in a Foothill League game on Friday. West Ranch made it close, scoring a run in the seventh. But Peter Niednagel got a strikeout to end the game.

“I’ve got a lot of hair left,” Ozella said. “We decided to finish the job tonight. It was a big win.”

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Conquistadores defeat Patriots 8-0

They were shut out by Owen Sharts of Simi Valley. They were struck out by Jake Baum of St. Bonaventure. They were routed by unbeaten Arcadia.

There was a specific reason for El Camino Real playing one tough opponent after another in the nonleague season.

“The tough schedule is so we’re ready for league,” Coach Josh Lienhard said.

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The Collision boys and girls all-star basketball games will be held on Saturday at Harbor College. The boys game is at 7:30 p.m. and the girls game is at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10.

Among the boys’ players committed to play are Kihei Clark of Taft, Jamal Hartwell of Farifax, Tyree Winborn of Van Nuys, Daisone Hughes of University, Devonaire Doutrive of Birmingham, Eddy Egun of El Camino Real, Bryce Hamilton of Pasadena and Riley Battin of Oak Park.

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Sophomore Lucas Gordon, who was expected to be the No. 1 pitcher for Sherman Oaks Notre Dame this season but never pitched, will be sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing a procedure on his throwing arm.

Coach Tom Dill said the prognosis is good and Gordon should be back throwing during the summer.

Gordon was hitting .368 in 14 games this season for the Knights. He won’t be able to hit for the rest of the season.

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Junior pitcher Quinn Mathews struck out 12, walked none and allowed two hits in six innings to lift Aliso Niguel past Trabuco Hills 1-0 on Thursday.

In the second game of a doubleheader, Trabuco Hills defeated Aliso Niguel 7-5. Daniel Johnson had three RBIs.

Claremont defeated Glendora 4-3. Matt Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning. Diamond Bar defeated Bonita 5-4. Fabian Moran had two hits and two RBIs. South Hills rallied for a 7-5 win over Ayala. Nick Martinez hit a three-run home run and Isaiah Ayala added a two-run home run to help South Hills overcome a 4-0 deficit.


Baseball coaches and parents everywhere should offer support for Reseda Cleveland coach Sid Lopez, who has been suspended indefinitely pending the outcome of an investigation into his decision to light a fire on the infield in an attempt to dry up a puddle last month.

Greg Venger, Cleveland’s athletic director, coached the baseball team on Wednesday when the Cavaliers upset Chatsworth 10-0 in a West Valley League opener.

A video showing Lopez’s actions was sent to the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to Trent Cornelius, the district athletics coordinator. Lopez was trying to make the field playable during a Friday practice for a Saturday junior varsity game.



King 8, Corona Santiago 2

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Sylmar Coach Ray Rivera is part of the San Francisco Giants fan club among City Section coaches.
Sylmar Coach Ray Rivera is part of the San Francisco Giants fan club among City Section coaches. (Eric Sondheimer)

A San Francisco Giants fan living among Dodger fans in Los Angeles has to put up with a lot, but there are some City Section baseball coaches who willingly endure their players’ ire for rooting for the Giants.

El Camino Real Coach Josh Lienhard is a well-known Giants fan. He was born in the Bay Area.

Sylmar Coach Ray Rivera said he’s also a Giants fan after going to college at the University of San Francisco and never forgiving the Dodgers for getting rid of Fernando Valenzuela and Mike Piazza.

  • Softball

At 17-1 overall and 2-0 in the Sunset League, Los Alamitos is solidly entrenched as the No. 1 team in the Southern Section Division 1 softball poll.

Sophomore third baseman Aliya Belarde leads the team with a .574 batting average, including 27 hits and 16 RBIs. Outfielder Karrington Houshmandzadeh is hitting .455 with 20 hits.

Then there’s junior pitcher Sarah Ladd, who is 13-1 and has 76 strikeouts in 79 innings.

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West Valley League play in prep baseball began on Wednesday, and Cleveland pulled off the stunner of the day, defeating Chatsworth 10-0 in a game that was halted after six innings because of the mercy rule.

The Cavaliers collected 14 hits off Chatsworth ace Gabe Achucarro. Alec Garcia and Bobby Velasco each went four for four. Garcia had five RBIs. Pitcher Bryan Andrade limited the Chancellors to four hits, striking out five.

El Camino Real also had a surprising mercy rule victory over Birmingham 15-5 in six innings. Cole Kitchen hit a three-run home run and Joey Klein threw three innings of scoreless relief. Parker Tuszynski went three for three.