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ROUNDUP : Alemany’s Ozella Tells Plans to Quit After 5-4 Victory

Alemany High baseball Coach Jim Ozella announced Wednesday that this will be his final season coaching at the school after 11 years.

The announcement came after the Indians defeated La Serna, 5-4, in the first round of the St. Paul tournament.

“I’m just kind of looking for some new challenges,” Ozella said. “I don’t know if that’s in baseball or not. I just think it’s time for a change.”

Ozella, 35, said he is not sure if he will continue to teach at Alemany.

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The Indians (7-3) were led by Greg Kmet, who struck out seven, and Fred Perez, who earned his fifth save.

Newbury Park 5, Harvard-Westlake 3--Stuart McGugan had three hits to lead the Panthers (9-4) in the third-place game of the Thousand Oaks tournament. Derek Lemkin had two hits and drove in two runs for Harvard (7-6). Ari Isaacson took the loss for the Wolverines despite giving up only one earned run.

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

Simi Valley 15, Channel Islands 0--Michigan-bound Sara Griffin threw her first no-hitter of the year to help the Pioneers (9-1, 3-1) defeat Channel Islands (6-6, 0-5) in a Marmonte League game.

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Griffin (7-1), who had 12 strikeouts and no walks, faced one batter over the minimum, who reached on an error in the fourth inning.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Hancock 10, Canyons 2--Hancock’s Matt Brunell was four for five with a homer and double in the first round of the Hancock tournament. The loss was the fourth in a row for Canyons (9-12).

Pierce 7, Grossmont 3--Kevin Milligan’s two-run, ninth-inning bases-loaded single, followed three pitches later by Brian Basowski’s second homer, advanced visiting Pierce (15-10) to the championship game of the Grossmont tournament and gave Chris Frith-Smith (2-1) his second victory.

Oxnard 9, Imperial Valley 7--Ray Franco went three for four with three RBIs and Ryan Gause went two for four with three RBIs to lead visiting Oxnard (10-12) in a second-round game of the Channel Islands tournament at Oxnard.

Mission 8, Pasadena 2--Freshman Ray Rivera (7-2) pitched his third complete game for Mission (15-12) in a second-round game of the Channel Islands tournament. Rivera gave up two unearned runs and seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk.


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