Cole Clark throws shutout to help Sherman Oaks Notre Dame open playoffs with win

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At the end of a high school baseball season absent of dominant pitchers, senior Cole Clark of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame has the hot hand.

The Loyola Marymount commit threw a one-hitter on Friday to lead the Knights to a 3-0 victory over Mira Costa in an opening game of the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. He struck out seven and walked two.

“His last four outings have been like this,” Notre Dame coach Tom Dill said. “He throws four pitches for strikes any time. When you can do that, it’s like playing a video game. It’s pretty amazing.”


Notre Dame will play El Dorado on Tuesday. El Dorado knocked off Yucaipa 3-2.

Indians defeat Royal 7-3 with grand slam in the eighth in Division 2 opener

Servite 3, Corona del Mar 2: Mikiah Negrete continued his consistency, striking out 11 in a complete game for Servite.

Newport Harbor 7, San Clemente 1: Joey Wright had three hits and three RBIs for Newport Harbor. Trent Liolios struck out 11.

San Dimas 3, Arcadia 2: Kasen Khansarinia had a home run and added an RBI single in the 11th inning for the victory.

Bonita 6, Damien 1: Bonita advances to play top-seeded Orange Lutheran on Tuesday.

JSerra 4, West Ranch 1: David Horn, Owen Fuller and Brandon Chang each had two hits for JSerra. Horn got the save with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

Bishop Amat 4, Ocean View 1: Jake Hernandez finished with three hits to spark the Lancers.

Santa Margarita 13, Trabuco Hills 10: Blake Balsz and Luke Lavin each finished with four hits to power the Eagles. Will Burns hit two home runs for Trabuco Hills while Bobby Gray had three hits.

Villa Park 3, Ayala 2: AJ Krodel and Brandon Luu combined on a six-hitter. Tyler Gordon had three hits and Zach Brown drove in two runs.

Harvard-Westlake 3, Los Alamitos 2: The Wolverines had to withstand a Los Alamitos rally in the seventh after taking a 3-0 lead. Alex Shane got the save. Jacob Galloway contributed a two-run single in support of starter Tommy Bridges.

La Mirada 4, Thousand Oaks 0: La Mirada advances to host Harvard-Westlake in the second round.

Monrovia 1, Crespi 0: Monrovia scored a run in the first inning and made it stand up in a Division 3 pitching duel.

Oaks Christian 8, Rio Mesa 6: Royce Clayton Jr. hit a two-run home run in the seventh to break a 6-6 tie.


Colin Sahlman of Newbury Park isn’t running in the Southern Section prelims, focusing on other goals, and one he achieved on Friday was setting a state record for 1,500 meters at 3:39.59 at the Sound Running meet at JSerra. It was the fifth-fastest time in U.S. history.

Newbury Park junior Lex Young ran the second-fastest 5,000 meters in U.S. history at the meet in San Juan Capistrano.
Young finished in 13:43.95 to pass Gerry Lindgren’s 1964 mark for second. Only record-holder Galen Rupp has run faster.

Only Hobbs Kessler, Alan Webb and Jim Ryun have run faster in the 1,500 while in high school.

Dijon Stanley of Granada Hills won the 400 in 48.92 and the 200 in 21.88 at the West Valley League finals at Birmingham. Sofia Abrego of Granada Hills took the girls’ 1,600 in 5:19.07. Football standout Arlis Boardingham won the triple jump in 43-9½.