SOUTHERN SECTION BASEBALL PLAYOFFS : Chandler's 1-Hitter Lifts Burbank, 2-1

Jason Chandler pitched a one-hitter--allowing only a bunt single--to lead Burbank High to a 2-1 victory over West Covina on Friday in a first-round 5-A Division game at Burbank.

Chandler (6-1), who retired 14 consecutive batters before surrendering a bunt single in the sixth, faced 24 batters and threw just 86 pitches.

After West Covina (13-9) scored an unearned run in the first inning, Burbank (17-5) tied the score, 1-1, in the third when William Rivera's ground out scored Ozzie Areu, who had led off with a triple. Burbank scored again in the fifth on a fielding error.

In other first-round 5-A games:

Channel Islands 3, Arcadia 2--Angel Aragon (10-1) struck out five and recorded the final out with the tying run at second base as Channel Islands (16-5) upset host Arcadia (19-5), the Pacific League champion.

Ray Rangel's two-run double in the second inning provided the margin of victory. Channel Islands managed just three hits and scored all of its runs in the second inning.

Crescenta Valley 13, Fontana 5--The Falcons (14-9) pounded out 12 hits to upset host Fontana (22-4). Sammy Vaquera led the offensive attack with three hits, three runs batted in and three runs. Ernie Diaz, Rob Turner and Brendan Cowsill each had two hits. Josh Canale (5-4) relieved John Breckow in the fourth and picked up the victory, allowing two hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Loyola 9, Crespi 3--Crespi (16-9-1) committed five errors, enabling host Loyola (11-10) to score four unearned runs. Sophomore Jeff Suppan (6-4) took the loss. Kyle Carden and Mike Peters each had two hits for Crespi.

Millikan 14, Hart 5--Hart was crushed at home and finished the season 16-7.


Rio Mesa 6, Righetti 1--Angel Lopez (7-2) threw a two-hitter and dismissed Righetti (15-9) on 64 pitches in 1 hour 45 minutes.

Lopez faced 23 batters, struck out two and walked none.

Dmitri Young doubled and hit his 10th home run, and Dan Comando went two for two with two RBIs for Rio Mesa (18-7).

Hueneme 4, Lompoc 0--Frank Adame, a junior right-hander, threw a one-hitter and struck out nine to help Hueneme (18-7) at Lompoc. Adame (10-2) surrendered a hit to the third batter he faced and then shut down Lompoc (16-6) over the next 6 2/3 innings.

Mike Ortega's two-run single ignited the Vikings' four-run first inning, and Casey Bolen had two of Hueneme's three hits.


Antelope Valley 12, Hesperia 8--Ryan Branch hit an inside-the-park three-run home run and Jack Cox added a solo home run as Antelope Valley (14-9) won at home. Branch had four RBIs.

Chad Eberhardt went two for three with two RBIs and Todd Barnes had two hits and three runs scored to support the pitching of Chris Abbey (7-4). Rick Nickols picked up his fourth save.

Saugus 7, St. Francis 6--Host Saugus battled back from a 5-0 deficit after three innings. Jason Bates' three-run homer in the fourth cut St. Francis' lead to 5-3, and Saugus (14-9) tied the score, 5-5, in the fifth.

St. Francis (10-12) regained the lead in the sixth on John Workman's solo homer, but Saugus went ahead in the bottom of the inning when Kyle Lonsberry's bases-loaded fielder's choice was thrown away, allowing two runners to score.

Ontario 13, Harvard 7--Harvard (9-15) tied the score with a five-run fifth inning to put a scare into top-seeded Ontario (22-0), but surrendered six runs in the bottom of the inning. Rian O'Meara hit a bases-loaded double for Harvard.


Buckley 3, Oak Park 1--Taryll Jackson (6-2) struck out 10 and scattered five hits as Buckley (11-9) won the wild-card game at Oak Park. Taryll and his brother Taj each hit RBI doubles.

Providence 9, Antelope Valley Christian 1--Robert Mena (9-2) struck out 15 and allowed just two hits for host Providence (16-4).

Mena also had three doubles and drove in three runs.

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