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Baseball: Lincoln celebrates City Section Division II championship

Lincoln High waited so long for the opportunity to finally play at Dodger Stadium, located three miles from campus, that there was no way the Tigers were not going to come away victorious.

Sophomore Isaac Cota threw a three-hit shutout in the Tigers' 3-0 victory at Dodger Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the City Section Division II championship game. Lincoln fans that filled the seats behind the third-base dugout couldn't have been happier.

"It was heaven on earth," Cota said. "It was the best feeling ever."

Lincoln (15-6) scored three unearned runs in the first inning, then relied on Cota, who struck out two and walked none. He was backed by flawless defense from shortstop Christian Frias, who had five assists, and left fielder Huge Avendano, who made several clutch catches of fly balls.

Freshman Gunner Orozco pitched well after a rough first inning for Chavez (8-18), allowing four hits.

"We're making history right here," a Lincoln player said as the team took photos holding up its championship...

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LAUSD gives approval to practice on professional development days

Sports teams in the Los Angeles Unified School District will be able to practice and play games on professional development days under a rule change approved earlier this week.

Previously, teams were banned from practicing after school on days teachers had their professional development days, leaving City Section football teams at a disadvantage when they couldn't practice on Tuesdays like their Southern Section counterparts.

Games also will be allowed but after 4 p.m. when buses become available for transportation.

It has been a request coaches have sought for years.




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Baseball: UCLA-bound pitchers are rolling

It's easy to figure out who's the hot pitcher these days in the Southern Section baseball playoffs. Just see if they have signed with UCLA.

There's Peter Lambert of San Dimas. He has thrown two shutouts in the Division 3 playoffs to help his team reach the semifinals.

There's Brian Gadsby of Crescenta Valley. He's thrown two complete games, allowing one run, to help the Falcons reach the Division 2 semifinals.

There's Jack Ralston of Hart. He has a shutout and was the winning pitcher in eliminating No. 1 JSerra on Friday to help the Indians reach the Division 1 semifinals.

UCLA fans will be giving them an eight-clap if they all make it to next week's championshp games.



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Baseball: El Camino Real vs. Cleveland for City title

Two schools with great traditions at Dodger Stadium, El Camino Real and Cleveland, will meet on Saturday for the City Section Division I championship at 1 p.m. at Chavez Ravine. Lincoln will play Chavez for the Division II title at 10 a.m.

El Camino Real has won seven City championships. The Conquistadores have produced such players as Randy Wolf and Connor Jackson.

Cleveland has won four titles. Its most memorable win came in 1982, when Bret Saberhagen threw the only no-hitter in championship game history.

El Camino Real owns two wins over Cleveland this season in West Valley League play, 9-2 and 7-3. Its No. 2 pitcher, Jordan Berg, is ready to throw, with Matt Malconian available in relief. The Conquistadores' Eric Yang, a junior catcher, was the top hitter in the West Valley League and hit a home run in the semifinals.

Cleveland is expected to keep using its two-man rotation of Sam Villa and Ben Kaser. The Cavaliers have been playing well defensively.

The key to the game will be the...

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Baseball: LACES wins City Section Division III title

LACES won the City Section Division III baseball championship on Friday with an 8-4 win over Port of Los Angeles.

Finnian Starzyk threw 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Hans Seo reached base four times and scored twice.

Christian Gonzalez had two RBIs.

In Division III softball, South East defeated Van Nuys, 9-5, in the championship game.




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Baseball: Hart, Saugus reach Division 1 semifinals

Keyed by a three-run double by Robert Reeves during a five-run fifth inning, Newhall Hart eliminated No. 1-seeded JSerra, 10-6, on Friday to earn a spot in next week's Southern Section Division 1 semifinals.

"It was a big win," Hart Coach Jim Ozella said.

Austin Russ had a two-run double and Nick Hand added three hits. JSerra's Royce Lewis went four for four, but the Lions' pitchers struggled all day.

Hart, the Foothill League champion, will face its Foothill League rival, Saugus, which defeated Arlington, 3-2, on a walk-off single by Brendan Griffith. Caden Maher had a perfect game for 6 1/3 innings. The two teams are expected to play on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at College of the Canyons.

In Division 2, San Clemente pulled out a 4-3 win over Bonita in 10 innings. Tyler Ankrom hit a home run in the seventh for San Clemente to send it into extra innings. Mission Viejo defeated Royal, 2-1, in nine innings. Patrick Sandoval struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings. Chino Hills defeated Moorpark, 3-2, in nine...

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