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Baseball: Calabasas' Grant Nechak is Marmonte League player of the year

Junior pitcher-infielder Grant Nechak of Calabasas has been selected the player of the year in the Marmonte League.

The pitcher of the year was sophomore Michael Weisberg of Agoura. The coach of the year was Calabasas' Thomas Cassidy.

First-team all-league:

Jeff Tincher, Newbury Park, Sr.; Greg Cromar, Calabasas, Sr.; Joey Czarske, Agoura, Sr.; Matt Lautz, Agoura, Sr.; Joey Dawes, Agoura, Jr.; Noah Prewitt, Oaks Christian, Jr.; Riley Jones, Thousand Oaks, Jr.; Ryan Fineman, Agoura, Sr.; Adam Kerner, Oaks Christian, So.; Nate Ryngler, Calabasas, Sr.; Riley Helland, Oaks Christian, Sr.; Grant Ferguson, Westlake, Sr.; Tyler Flores, Westlake, Jr.; John Keller, Calabasas, Sr.; Bryce Fehmel, Agoura, Sr.




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Baseball: J.J. Gonzalez of Kennedy is Valley Mission League MVP

J.J. Gonzalez of Granada Hills Kennedy has been selected the Valley Mission League MVP. He helped the Golden Cougars win the league title. He batted .431.

First-team all-league:

INF_Angel Hernandez, Sylmar, Jr.; Angel Anguiano, Van Nuys, Jr.; Kai Gomez, San Fernando, Sr.; Eddie Mendez, San Fernando, Sr.; Oscar Garcia, San Fernando, Sr.; Estevan Rodriguez, Kennedy, Sr.; OF_Alejandro Vazquez, Kennedy, Sr.; Andrew Ochoa, Sylmar, Jr.; Anthony Robles, San Fernando, Sr.; Albert Robles, San Fernando, So.; C_Chris Sandberg, Kennedy, Sr.; P_Felix Rubi, Kennedy, Sr.; Gilbert Hernandez, Kennedy, Sr.; Marco Rojas, Kennedy, Sr.; Jake Arevalo, Sylmar, Sr.; Rodrigo Garcia, Panorama, Sr.; UT_Josh Meza, Sylmar, Jr.



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Track: City Section finals are set for Cerritos College

The City Section track and field finals will be held tonight at Cerritos College, with the first running event at 5 p.m.

Marissa Williams of Palisades will try to set records in the girls' 1,600 and 3,200.

Carson's Justin Collins will be heavily favored in the hurdles. The 100 meters should be one of the featured races, with Deonte Perry of Canoga Park taking on Sheldon Arnold of Santee.




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Softball: It's a Chatsworth-Carson City final on Saturday

No. 1-seeeded Chatsworth will take on No. 2 Carson on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Cal State Dominguez Hills in the City Section Division I softball final.

Chatsworth defeated Port of Los Angeles, 8-6, on Wednesday.

Kyla Gendler got the win and Brianna Velasquez picked up the save by getting the final two outs.

A four-run sixth inning keyed the Chancellors. Lindsay Lowe had an RBI double and Vanessa Portillo hit a two-run home run. Savana Ramirez hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning and Rosemary Garcia hit a two-run home run in the seventh for Port of L.A.

Carson defeated Birmingham, 11-1.




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Baseball: Emotional Sam Villa leads Cleveland to Dodger Stadium

Sophomore pitcher Sam Villa of Reseda Cleveland was thinking about his father, Benjamin, as he stood on the mound at Birmingham High on Wednesday night.  His father died last December, and it got very emotional for him in the City Section Division I semifinal game against Chatsworth.

"This was the last place his dad saw him pitch," Coach Scott Drootin said. "He took a deep breath and looked to the sky and he finished it off."

 Villa struck out Daniel Zakosek to end a 1-0 victory over the Chancellors and send Cleveland into Saturday's Division I final against El Camino Real at 1 p.m. at Dodger Stadium.

"It was tough, just the emotion," Villa said.

 Villa sat in the dugout in tears. A teammate put his arm around him and told him how much his father would be proud of him.

Villa threw three shutout innings of relief after Ben Kaser shut out the Chancellors for four innings.

The game's only run was scored by Victor Gonzalez on a wild pitch in the third inning.

Cleveland played flawless defense...

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Baseball: Wednesday's City semifinal scores and championship schedule




Semifinals, Wednesday

El Camino Real 3, Narbonne 2

Cleveland 1, Chatsworth 0




Friday at MLB Urban Youth Academy

Division III: #9 Los Angeles CES vs. #3 Port of Los Angeles, 6 p.m.


Saturday at Dodger Stadium

Division II: #1 Lincoln vs. #19 Chavez, 10 a.m.

Division I: #1 El Camino Real vs. #6 Cleveland, 1 p.m.



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