High School Baseball : Perfect Game by Harris Lifts Granada Hills

Eric Harris of Granada Hills on Wednesday pitched the first perfect game in the Valley area this season, shuting down Van Nuys, 5-0, in a Mid-Valley League game at Van Nuys.

The senior needed only 70 pitches to subdue the Wolves, who dropped to 0-9. The complete game was the fifth of the season for Harris (5-0), who struck out four to boost his season total to 33.

"He kept the ball down and had good control," Coach Darryl Stroh said. "He's pitched well this season but hasn't been this dominating."

Nine Highlanders (12-1, 8-1 in league play) had one hit.

Grant 3, Poly 2--Grant's John Kukawski singled with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to score the tying run and Nick Lymberopoulos made a throwing error on the relay to allow the winning run to score at Grant.

The East Valley League loss was the first for Poly (14-3, 12-1). Grant's victory came on the heels of a 21-0 loss to Sylmar on Monday.

Javier Delahoya of Grant (8-8, 6-6) struck out 13 in a complete-game performance. He allowed three hits.

Crespi 3, Alemany 2--Joe Cupo singled home Bill Horvat, but Alemany's seventh-inning rally fell short in the Del Rey League game at Alemany.

With Crespi (10-9, 3-4) leading, 3-1, Horvat singled and advanced to second on John Lite's single before scoring on Cupo's hit.

Alemany (13-8, 4-4) managed 10 hits off winning pitcher Dan Carroll.

El Camino Real 9, Cleveland 4--Denny Vigo was 4 for 5 to lead El Camino Real to the West Valley League win at Cleveland. Vigo slugged a two-run double in the third as El Camino Real (5-8, 2-6) jumped to a 3-0 lead.

Senior right-hander Lance Gibson (3-5) went the distance, allowing nine hits.

Pat Bryant went 3 for 3 with four steals to lead Cleveland (4-8, 3-6).

San Fernando 9, Monroe 2--Hector DeLaCruz tossed a four-hitter and struck out 10 to lead San Fernando to the Mid-Valley League win at Monroe (7-11, 3-9). DeLaCruz walked one and did not allow an earned run.

Robert Chavez had three hits, including two doubles, for San Fernando (7-2 in league play), and teammate Richard Ortiz had two hits and four RBIs.

Tom Konkel had two of Monroe's four hits and drove in a run.

Sylmar 20, Hollywood 5--Nino Romo tripled twice and knocked in three runs in support of his brother Chris, who picked up the victory in the East Valley League game at Hollywood.

Sylmar (11-6, 10-3), which scored 21 runs Monday, rallied for seven runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings.

Kennedy 6, Birmingham 4--Brian Roth struck out four in a complete-game performance for the Cougars in a Mid-Valley League game at Kennedy. Roth also singled home the game-winning run in the sixth inning.

Mike Schlesinger of Kennedy (13-9, 6-3) was 3 for 4.

Thousand Oaks 8, Westlake 6--Mark Skeels hit a two-run home run with one out in the ninth inning for the Lancers in a Marmonte League game at Thousand Oaks.

Darren Shoen and Dan Chergey each had two hits for the Lancers (11-6-1, 5-2), who are tied for second in the league. Westlake fell to 11-10, 3-5.

Camarillo 7, Newbury Park 4--Gil Valencia was 3 for 3 and had four RBIs to extend his Marmonte League-leading total to 36 for the Scorpions at Newbury Park.

Camarillo (10-12-1, 4-5) built a 5-0 lead behind starter Steve Biggs and held on for its second consecutive league win.

For the Panthers (10-10, 3-5) Wayne Cook was 3 for 4 and Dan Smith was 2 for 4.

Montclair Prep 5, Western Christian 3--The Mounties used three singles, two errors and a double steal to erase a two-run deficit by scoring four runs in the third inning in an Alpha League game played at Encino Colt Field.

"We executed well," Montclair Prep Coach Walt Steele said. "When we had scoring opportunities we took advantage."

The Mounties (8-8, 5-1) rode the arm of reliever Kevin Grant (4-3), who pitched no-hit ball for the last four innings.

Fairfax 5, Verdugo Hills 3--John Bojanac was 2 for 3, stole two bases and scored twice for Verdugo Hills in the East Valley League game at Verdugo Hills.

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