El Camino Real Opens Up, 17-7

El Camino Real High struggled during the preseason but the Conquistadores pounded Granada Hills, 17-7, in a Northwest Valley Conference opener on Tuesday that was called after six innings because of the 10-run rule.

Woody Cliffords drove in five runs for the defending City Section 4-A Division champion Conquistadores (2-4), hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning and sacrifice flies in the second and third.

Mike Leduc and Conor Jackson each had two hits and two runs batted in for El Camino Real.

Carlos Gallo and Brandon Kahan each added two hits for the Conquistadores, who collected 14 hits against four Granada Hills pitchers.

Jon Bringuier hit a three-run home run in the fourth for Granada Hills (2-3), which also got home runs from Dan Frisbee, a two-run shot in the third, and Peter Gunny, with the bases empty, in the second.

Chatsworth 7, Cleveland 1--Sophomore Matt Cassel hit his second home run, a double, a single and finished with three RBIs for the Chancellors in a Northwest Valley Conference victory at Chatsworth.

Bryan Gant also hit his second home run for Chatsworth (6-0), and Ismael Marin (2-0) struck out six and did not walk a batter while pitching his second complete game.

Kennedy 3, Taft 1--Senior right-hander Jack Cassel took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before settling for a two-hit victory for the Golden Cougars in a Northwest Valley Conference at Kennedy.

Cassel (2-1), who struck out six and walked none, added an run-scoring single.

David Hernandez hit a solo home run for the Golden Cougars (4-2).

San Fernando 8, Birmingham 3--Freshman Jesse Moreno (1-1) gave up five hits and two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings and had two hits and two RBIs for the victorious Tigers in a Northwest Valley Conference game at San Fernando.

Francisco Enriquez had three hits and scored a run for the Tigers and Fernando Hernandez had two hits, three RBIs and scored twice for San Fernando (2-3).

Ricky Hooper was three for three for Birmingham (4-2).

Crespi 13, Alemany 3--Andy Campanella hit a grand slam for the Celts and had two hits to improve his average to .609 in a Mission League opener stopped after five innings because of the 10-run rule at Alemany.

Luke Worgan added two doubles and four RBIs, and Ron Lauer had three hits for Crespi (5-0-1).

Loyola 11, St. Francis 10--Gaby Velasquez hit two two-run home runs but the Golden Knights lost a Mission League game at Loyola.

Peter Glynn drove in two runs with three hits, including a run-scoring double, for St. Francis (3-1-1, 0-1).

Canyon 11, Saugus 1--Mike Munn allowed only one hit--Luke Miller's home run--in the Cowboys' five-inning Foothill League victory at Saugus.

Ben Metcalf, Josh Blanken and Mike Suarez each had two hits for the Cowboys (4-2, 1-0).

Agoura 4, Calabasas 3--An infield single by pinch-hitter Matt Dianella in the sixth inning drove in the winning run for the Chargers at Calabasas.

Agoura (5-1) tied it, 3-3, with two runs in the fifth.

Michael Falco, who scored the winning run, and Jeff Gould each had two hits.

Valencia 4, Burroughs 2--Eric Zambrano hit a two-run home run with two out in the bottom of the sixth to give the Vikings a Foothill League victory at Valencia.

Chris Honaker (2-1) pitched a seven-hitter in his third complete game, striking out nine and walking two for the Vikings (6-2, 1-0).

Hart 5, Burbank 3--Tim Hutting had three hits, including two solo home runs, to help the Indians (6-0) to victory in a Foothill League opener at Burbank.

Oxnard 13, Santa Paula 2--Chad Pierson had two hits, including a two-run home run in the first inning, and three RBIs to lead the Yellowjackets (3-1) over the Cardinals (4-2) at Oxnard.

Buckley 12, Oakwood 1--Colin Ward-Henninger (1-0) pitched a five-hitter for the Griffins, struck out four and gave up one unearned run in a Liberty League game at Buckley that was called after five innings.

Jesse Alba had three hits, one RBI and scored three runs for Buckley (3-1, 1-1).

Faith Baptist 11, Maricopa 1--Tim Greer (3-0) allowed one hit for the Contenders and struck out 11 in a six-inning victory called because of darkness at Faith Baptist.

David Samson had three hits, including a two-run home run in the second, for Faith Baptist.

Santa Clara 6, St. Bonaventure 5--Ryan Baker stole home with the winning run in the seventh inning for the Saints at Santa Clara.

Baker was hit by Mike Moshy's pitch, stole second and took third on a wild pitch.

Kevin Gormley (1-0) pitched two innings for Santa Clara (2-2), earning the victory despite allowing two runs in the seventh inning that tied the score, 5-5.

Gormley, who hit two home runs, allowed three hits and struck out three.

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