St. Bernard and Chadwick will play for their first CIF baseball championships after winning close semifinals Tuesday. St. Bernard, a 1-0 winner over Baldwin Park, will face Whittier Christian at 10 a.m. Saturday in Dodger Stadium for the 1-A title. Chadwick, a Small Schools Division finalist thanks to Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Lone Pine, will play Templeton at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Blair Field in Long Beach.
St. Bernard (21-4) advanced thanks to senior Tim Williams, who threw a two-hitter, struck out 15 and accounted for the game's only run with a sixth-inning home run. The Loyola Marymount-bound left-hander improved his pitching record to 9-1 and his 15th homer of the season gave him 25 for his high school career, a CIF Southern Section record. Whittier Christian, which whipped Gladstone, 17-5, Tuesday, is 20-5.
Chadwick's Jeff Kaufman also hurled a two-hitter, pitching eight innings and striking out 14 as the Dolphins (15-7) stranded 12 runners but finally scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on Jeff Karnes' RBI single. Karnes scored Chadwick's first run in the third inning but Lone Pine tied the game in the fifth. Kaufman improved his record to 9-2. Templeton, a 7-2 winner Tuesday over Avalon, is 21-4.
Loyola Marymount University star Chris Donnels has been drafted by the New York Mets in the first round of the baseball free agent draft. Donnels was selected 24th by the world champions in the first round. The junior third baseman, CIF player of the year at South Torrance High in 1984, holds nearly every Loyola power-hitting record, including season and career home runs and runs batted in. He was the West Coast Athletic Conference player of the year and an All-American as a sophomore.
Loyola Marymount men's volleyball Coach Rich Rosales has signed Bishop Montgomery High star Chuck Donlon. The 6-5, 190-pound Manhattan Beach resident was a two-year all-Camino Real League choice and was Camino Real League most valuable player this season as well as an all-CIF first-team selection. Donlon is playing for a Torrance all-star team that features several all-CIF players from the South Bay.