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YOUTH BASEBALL : Thousand Oaks on Brink of World Series, 5-4

The Thousand Oaks 13-year-old Little League all-star team is one victory from the World Series after defeating Stockton, 5-4, in eight innings Tuesday night in a Western Regional game in San Jose.

Thousand Oaks (13-1), the only unbeaten team in the double-elimination tournament, will play the winner of today’s game between Stockton and Pearl City, Hawaii, on Thursday.

With two out in the top of the eighth, Matt Rogers singled and pinch-runner Manuel Apodaca stole second and scored on a single by Kevin Howard. Howard was the winning pitcher, tossing three innings in relief of Chris Strauser.

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The Westlake Senators continued to roll in the Continental Amateur Baseball Assn. World Series in Dublin, Ohio, winning two games to improve their record to 5-0. The Senators, a team of 14-year-olds, defeated Georgia, 13-0, and Hawaii, 6-3.

Mike Falco homered, Matt Goldstein doubled twice and Jared Krehbiel had three singles for Westlake against Georgia. John Ennis and Ryan Clement combined for a one-hitter.

Krehbiel also had three hits against Hawaii, and Scott Dragicevich had two.


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