SPRING HIGHLIGHTS : Beck Survives Seventh to Secure 12-8 Victory
It wasn’t pretty, but pitcher Rodney Beck survived a six-hit, seven-run seventh inning Thursday to secure a 12-8 win for Grant High over Poly in the East Valley League game.
Beck held Poly at bay for six innings, scattering four hits and allowing one run. But after he was called out in the sixth inning because he failed to touch first base on what would have been a two-run triple, the senior right-hander seemed to come apart on the mound.
“I was upset that the umpires took back that triple and that cost us two runs,” said Beck (7-1). “I brought it back emotionally onto the field and I should have left it the dugout and gone out and done my job. It got the best of me I suppose.”
Grant (12-3, 13-5 overall) was paced by center fielder Jason Peterson (3 for 3) and catcher Sean Pettway, who had two hits, including a third-inning grand slam.
Poly (10-4, 12-6 overall) was led by Ali Aquilar, who had two hits, a run batted in and scored a run.
Reseda 5, Chatsworth 0--Sophomore Steve Brody (4-1) struck out four and threw a two-hitter for Reseda.
San Fernando 3, Monroe 1--San Fernando won its seventh straight Mid-Valley League game. With the score tied 1-1 in the sixth, Frank Zavala’s triple scored Marcos Castillo with the go-ahead run.
Canoga Park 6, Taft 4--Canoga Park trailed, 4-1, in the sixth inning, but Mike Urman’s two-run homer highlighted a four-run rally.
Cleveland 8, El Camino Real 4--Tony Margolas and Bill Watson both hit two-run homers in the first inning for Cleveland.
Granada Hills 4, Van Nuys 3--In his first appearance of the season, catcher Kent Lowry was 2 for 3 with three RBIs for Granada Hills.
Simi Lutheran 15, Viewpoint 8--Tim Camberg was 2 for 2 with three RBIs, and Sean Tucker had two hits and three runs scored for Simi Lutheran.
Canyons 5, West L.A. 3--Canyons clinched at least a tie for first-place in conference and gained an automatic berth in the state playoffs. Victor Sotelo broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning with a double that scored Pete Kuld with the go-ahead run. Andy Cutchall then tripled home Sotelo.
L.A. Valley 24, Antelope Valley 2--Sophomore Chris Haslock was 5 for 6 with four RBIs and a pair of homers for Valley, which has won 13 of the last 14 games. Haslock hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and set a school record with his 11th homer of the season, a solo shot in the sixth.
High School Softball
Burbank 2, Burroughs 0--Junior Debby Day threw a one-hitter as Burbank won its first Foothill League title in five years.
Canoga Park 13, Reseda 0--De Dow notched her fifth no-hitter of the season. Kim Ponder was 3 for 4 with four RBIs.
Kennedy 8, Monroe 1--Kim Cansino hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run second inning for Kennedy.
El Camino Real 19, Birmingham 0--Darci Stehlik and Stacy Trapp each rapped a three-run homer as El Camino Real remained undefeated.
Sylmar 1, Chatsworth 0--Teri Klement had Sylmar’s only hit, but she came around to score the game’s only run in the fifth inning.
L.A. Baptist 5, Montclair Prep 4--Michelle Ruffner got L.A. Baptist going in the first with a two-run homer, and Shawn Davison was 2 for 2 with an RBI.
Hart 17, Schurr 0--Hart scored 13 runs on 11 hits after two were out in the first. Christi Stavropoulos was 3 for 4 and Desa Pecel was 3 for 5 for Hart.