High School Roundup : Chaminade Hitters Pound Loyola With 17 Hits, 10-Run 4th Inning

Chaminade High tallied 17 hits--nine during a 10-run fourth inning--as the Eagles pounded Loyola, 13-5, Monday in the first round of the St. Paul high school baseball tournament in Long Beach.

Chaminade (4-6), which has collected 33 hits in the past two games, belted four doubles and a triple. But as powerful as the Eagles were, they failed to hit a home run in spacious Blair Field.

“It’s about 350 down the lines and 400 to center with a 15-foot fence,” Chaminade Coach Steve Costley said. "(Justin) Stark would have had, maybe, three home runs in a regular-sized field.”

Instead, Justin Stark settled for a double and three runs batted in while going three for five. Greg Baumgartner (2-2), who struck out five in five innings to earn the win, was two for five. Colin Havert was two for four with three RBIs.


Every Chaminade player collected at least two hits, except Jeff Burdick and Pete Miller, who each had one.

In other first-round games:

St. Genevieve 1, Alemany 0--Roland De La Maza tossed a two-hitter and Joe Cascione singled in the winning run in the third inning.

De La Maza had 11 strikeouts and no walks.


“I don’t think anyone has had much batting practice with the rain and the long layoff for Easter,” St. Genevieve Coach Kevin Kane said. “You need your timing to hit Roland, especially when he’s hitting spots with his pitches.”

Herman Merchan singled to left, advanced to second on Mike Cassidy’s bunt single and scored on Cascione’s single to right field.

St. Genevieve (5-3) will play Mater Dei tonight at 7 at Blair Field.

Crespi 4, St. Bernard 3--Crespi scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to come from behind and win.

Chad Nichols and John Dempsey each delivered run-scoring singles with one out. Dempsey’s bases-loaded hit scored Tim Weir to end the game.

Crespi led, 2-1, entering the seventh, but St. Bernard scored twice to take the lead. Dan Malendez reached base on a fielding error which allowed John Coleman to score from third. Jeff Richardson later scored on a squeeze bunt by Grant Hohman.

Pat Bennett (3-0) pitched two innings in relief of starter Chad Nichols to earn the win.



Poly 6, Sylmar 4--Jodi Soto (6-0) pitched a six-hitter with two strikeouts as Poly (9-2, 3-0) avenged last year’s 4-3 second-round loss in the City Section 4-A Division playoffs with a Valley Pac-8 Conference win at Poly.

Tracey Bell hit a triple, home run and walked twice.

Reseda 24, Grant 3--Michelle Brewer pitched a four-hitter and was four for five, including a solo home run, as Reseda (7-1, 3-0) breezed to a Valley Pac-8 Conference win at Grant.

Tracy Dockery was five for five to lead the Regents’ 22-hit attack. Wendy Yanez was three for four, including a three-run home run.

Brewer (5-1) struck out nine and walked five.


Chatsworth d. Taft, 15-6, 15-13, 15-5--Greg Weaver had 17 kills, and Chris Gleason and Jeremy Graham each had seven blocks to lead the Chancellors (6-0, 2-0) in a Northwest Valley Conference match at Chatsworth.

Taft is 4-2, 0-1.


Sylmar d. Cleveland, 15-4, 15-4, 15-3--Bobby McMillan recorded 10 kills and Steve Sapera had 25 assists for Sylmar (5-1, 2-0) in a Valley Pac-8 conference match at Cleveland.

North Hollywood d. Grant, 15-4, 15-13, 15-11--Nestor Marroquin had 14 kills and Alex Rudinger had 11 for North Hollywood in a Valley Pac-8 Conference match at North Hollywood.

Reseda d. Monroe, 10-15, 15-10, 15-8, 15-7--Scott Kent had seven kills and 13 blocks, and Coley Kyman had seven kills to lead host Reseda (5-1, 2-0) in a Valley Pac-8 Conference match.