American Legion Roundup : Reseda Pitchers Frustrate Woodland Hills East in 9-8 District 20 Win

Sometimes, a team wins despite itself. For instance, a trio of Reseda pitchers issued 16 walks, but the team still managed to defeat Woodland Hills East, 9-8, in a Western Division District 20 game at Taft High on Saturday.

East (8-5) stranded 16 runners, including three in the eighth inning and two in the ninth.

“It seemed like every time we loaded the bases or got a couple of guys into scoring position, there were already two outs,” East Coach Matt Borzello said.

Holding a 9-8 lead with two on and two out in the eighth, Mario Valencia relieved starter Mark McClain and walked Rich Shapiro to load the bases. Valencia struck out Carey Wilbur to end the threat.


In the ninth, Valencia hit a batter and walked another before recording the final out. Reseda (9-4) moves past East--loser of four in a row--into second place in the Western Division standings.

Reseda shortstop Terry Jenkins had three hits, including a two-run home run, and drove in three runs.

In other games:

Panorama City 9, Van Nuys-Notre Dame 5--Joe Chaparro and John Langley each had three hits and Dave Garcia, Joe Cascione, Herman Merchan and Josh Lawrence each had two in an Eastern Division game at Notre Dame High.


Roland De La Maza pitched the first six innings for Panorama City (11-3), allowing one run. Cary Wichmann (2-2) allowed 12 hits and eight runs in four innings to take the loss.

West Hills 3, Encino-Crespi 2--Aaron Weiss drove in two runs with a single in the sixth to tie the score, then Kent Cote singled home the game-winner with two out in the ninth to lead West Hills in a Western Division game at Chaminade High.

Mark Venturine and Brodie Van Wagenen each had two hits for Encino-Crespi (7-7). Rick Marino had a no-hitter with one out in the sixth before West Hills rallied.

Foothill Valley 9, West Hills 6--Greg Baumgartner of West Hills had a three-run double in the sixth to tie the score, 6-6, but gave up three runs in the eighth to take the loss in the inter-division game at Chaminade High. The loss dropped West Hills to 6-10.


Glendale 7, North Hollywood 3--Swain Wukelich and Joe Cupo each had three hits for Glendale in the Eastern Division game at North Hollywood High.

Wukelich had two doubles and a two-run triple in the seventh to help Glendale (6-7) to a 6-1 lead.

Westlake-Agoura 8, Las Vegas Clark 6--Brian Smith was three for three and drove in two runs to lead Westlake-Agoura to a second-round win in the Gene Waid Memorial tournament at Camarillo High.