HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP : Thousand Oaks Upends No. 2 Culver City, 10-1
Tossing seedings to the wind, Thousand Oaks High’s baseball team upset the Southern Section 5-A Division’s No. 2 team, host Culver City, 10-1, in a first-round playoff game Thursday.
With Thousand Oaks trailing, 1-0, in the third inning, Brent Christenson lined a three-run double to give the Lancers (10-8) a lead they would not relinquish.
One inning later, Ryan Kritscher added a two-run single.
Winner Scott Barkman (5-4) scattered six hits, walked two and struck out two.
Jason Goldstein went three for three with two runs scored for Thousand Oaks
Thousand Oaks defeated Pepperdine-bound pitcher Mauricio Estavil, who entered the game with a 9-0 record and an 0.27 earned-run average. Culver City fell to 22-5.
In another baseball playoff game:
University 6, Monroe 3--A pair of two-run home runs for host University proved the difference in a first-round City Section 4-A Division playoff game.
Monroe’s Sean Henson (6-5) allowed just six hits but walked five. For the Vikings (10-11), sophomore Noel Toledo had two hits and two runs batted in and senior John Langley stroked two doubles and drove in a run.
Simi Valley 4, Warren 1--Heather Santiago (10-5) struck out nine and allowed just two hits at Warren to push Simi Valley (20-8) into the 5-A quarterfinals.
Newbury Park 3, Gahr 0--Lea Lopez (21-4) tossed a one-hitter for host Newbury Park (23-7), striking out six and walking none, as the Panthers advanced to the 5-A quarterfinals.
Alemany 1, La Canada 0--Alemany senior right-hander Melanie Howard pitched her first no-hitter, in a 2-A first-round game.
Howard (12-3) struck out eight and walked none.
Robyn Renaud scored from third on an infield error in the fifth for Alemany (19-5).