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American Legion Baseball : Woodland Hills East Rallies to Win, 12-11

Woodland Hills East overcame the loss of several players and a six-run deficit Wednesday to shock West Hills, 12-11, in an eight-inning District 20 Western Division game at Taft High.

Woodland Hills East, with only nine players in uniform, is without six players--four of whom are on vacation and two of whom are injured. Consequently, the team had lost five consecutive games.

“This one picks us up,” Coach Matt Borzello said.

Trailing, 11-5, after 5 1/2 innings, Woodland Hills East scored three runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to force extra innings.

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In the eighth, Eric Rothman, who was chased from the mound in the third inning, delivered a two-out single to score Brett Reisner with the winning run.

Mike Borzello (1-0), who relieved Rothman in the third, pitched out of a jam in the eighth, striking out Justin Stark and Ted Corcoran with the bases loaded.

With two out in the seventh, Borzello, who was three for four with two runs batted in, singled to score Rothman and Rich Cosentino. Glenn Nahmias, who had three hits and two RBIs, singled to score Borzello with the tying run.

For West Hills, Joe Gordon hit a two-run home run, Aaron Weiss had three hits and two RBIs, and Tony Collatos had two hits and scored four runs.

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In other District 20 games:

Panorama City 5, Encino-Tarzana 0--Roland De La Maza and Sean Henson teamed to pitch a three-hitter in an Eastern Division game at Birmingham High.

De La Maza (4-0) struck out four and walked none while working five innings. Henson struck out two and walked one while pitching two hitless innings.

Panorama City (12-4) scored the only run it would need in the top of the first when Joe Cascione singled to score Dave Garcia. In the second, Garcia singled to score Josh Lawrence. In the fifth, Adam Clark belted a run-scoring double and scored on a ground out.

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Newhall-Saugus 11, San Fernando 1--Glenn Terry and J. B. Johnson each hit home runs for Newhall-Saugus in a Northern Division game at San Fernando High.

The game was halted after six innings because of a 10-run rule.

Scott Thomason (4-0) did not yield a hit until the sixth when Rudy Sanchez clubbed a one-out double to score Bobby Corrales.

Brad Anderson was two for two with two RBIs for Newhall-Saugus. Kevin Backes had three hits.

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Van Nuys-Notre Dame 12, Quartz Hill 9--Chris Prince had four hits, including a double and a triple, to lead Van Nuys-Notre Dame (6-8) in an inter-division game at Quartz Hill High.

Kevin Milligan had three hits and drove in two runs. Chad Ratliff had two hits and three RBIs.

Vinnie Orlando and Tony Ljubetic each had two hits.

Woodland Hills West d. Studio City (forfeit)--Only eight Studio City players showed up for the game. Woodland Hills West is 15-3.

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