HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS : Simi Advances to Final, 16-9

Simi Valley High advanced to the championship game of the Colonial High baseball tournament in Orlando, Fla., with a 16-9 win over Apopka of Orlando on Thursday.

The Pioneers face Boone of Orlando in Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. championship game. Boone advanced Thursday with a 12-7 win over Killian of Miami.

The Pioneers had 15 hits Thursday. Catcher Tim Laker led the team with two home runs--a two-run shot in the second inning and a solo blast in the fifth. Laker was 3 for 4 with four runs batted in and three runs scored.

Center fielder Shaun Murphy was 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored for Simi Valley, while teammate Mike Hankins was 2 for 4 with three runs scored and three RBIs. Scott Sharts added a solo home run in the fifth. Shortstop Dave Milstien was 2 for 5 and had five RBIs.


Murphy (2-0), who came in to relieve starting pitcher Todd Sullivan in the fourth inning, collected the win.

Simi Valley is 12-3 overall and 3-0 in the tournament.

North Hollywood 9, Fairfax 2--Starting right-hander Mark Eubanks allowed Fairfax only three hits to help North Hollywood win the East Valley League game.

Doug Willliams led the Huskies’ offense, going 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs. Peter Straus added two hits and stole four bases.


North Hollywood is 8-1 overall and 4-1 in league.

Simi Lutheran 6, Coast Christian 3--Starting pitcher Bernardo Sanchez (2-0) had nine strikeouts and allowed only four hits to lead the Barons in the Heritage League game. Sean Tucker was 2 for 2, Jonathan Doering was 1 for 3 and Sanchez was 1 for 3 for Simi Lutheran (2-1 in league, 3-1 overall).

Viewpoint 23, Pilgrim 17--A total of 28 walks--12 for Pilgrim and 16 for Viewpoint--allowed by a combined six pitchers led to the football-like score.

Chatsworth 12, Reseda 4--Reseda took a four-run lead in the first inning on four hits and a double-squeeze bunt by Donnie Grant.

But Chatsworth charged back with a 2 for 2 performance by John Dunn, who had a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Robert Roseboro was 3 for 4 with a triple.

Toby Gilmore led Reseda, going 3 for 4, while teammate Mike Vanacore was 2 for 4.

Chatsworth is 2-0 in West Valley League, while Reseda dropped to 0-2.

San Fernando 7, Monroe 6--San Fernando scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the game to extra innings.


In the eighth, Manuel Orozco tripled in Andy Kapufcinski and Art Gutierrez for the Mid-Valley League win.

Frank Zavala hit a two-run home run to give San Fernando a 2-0 lead in the first inning. John Valeri hit a solo home run to lead off the eighth for Monroe.

San Fernando is 2-0 in league, while Monroe dropped to 0-2.

Grant 13, Verdugo Hills 3--Sean Pettway was 4 for 5 with three RBIs and two runs scored to lead Grant to the easy East Valley League win. Five Verdugo Hills errors didn’t help the Dons, as they allowed Grant to pick up five unearned runs.

John Bojanic was a bright spot for Verdugo Hills, hitting a one-run home run in the first inning.

El Camino Real 10, Cleveland 4--Brian Pearl led El Camino, going 2 for 2 with a two-run home run in the second inning. Pearl had five RBIs and one run scored on the day.

Robert Bumgarner was 3 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs for El Camino.

El Camino, 5-3 overall, is 2-0 in West Valley League. Cleveland slid to 1-1 in league.


Granada Hills 6, Van Nuys 0--Pitcher Sean Casey won his third game in four outings, as he teamed up with reliever Mark Kessler to make easy work of Van Nuys in the Mid-Valley League game.

Casey and Greg Fowble led the Highlanders’ offense, both going 2 for 3. Casey had two RBIs and scored a run. Danny Ginnetti was 2 for 2 with an RBI and run scored.

Granada Hills is 5-1 overall and 2-0 in league.

Chaminade 2-1, Crespi 1-12--Crespi earned a split of the nonleague doubleheader at Collegeof the Canyons by exploding for nine hits in the last three innings of the second game. Scott Campbell was 3-5 with four runs batted in, Tim Madden and Drew Kempf each had two hits and Tony Montenaro doubled and scored twice for Crespi.

Crespi’s Paul Farkas (3-3) pitched his first complete game of the season, allowing six hits and striking out seven.

Chaminade won the opener behind the pitching of Pablo Suarez (3-0), who allowed only four hits and struck out seven. A triple by Robert Lia led to Crespi’s run.

Brian Gehl figured in the scoring of both Chaminade runs. In the second inning, he singled in a run and in the fourth he scored on Ken Meyer’s single. Chris Spears (2-2) allowed only four hits in a losing effort for Crespi.

Chaminade is 8-2, while Crespi is 5-7.