Mira Costa has been largely forgotten in the discussion of teams to watch in Southern Section Division 1, but the Mustangs are 27-2 and wrapped up the Bay League championship on Tuesday with an 8-2 win over rival Redondo.
Joey Acosta provided the excitement with a grand slam. He finished with five RBIs. Dylan Dennis had three hits. Christian Bodlovich allowed five hits in six innings.
In the Foothill League, Valencia knocked off Hart 2-1 to clinch a playoff spot. Lukas White threw a complete game and allowed two hits.
For the first three innings of Tuesday’s West Valley League showdown between Chatsworth and El Camino Real, the pitchers were in control. Gabe Achuccaro gave up an unearned run. Adam Christopher of El Camino Real retired nine in a row, six by strikeouts.
Then came the bottom of the fourth inning. Chatsworth solved Christopher, scoring six runs in the inning, then holding on for a 6-5 victory to stay tied with Cleveland for first place going into a final game on Thursday.
The big hits of the inning for Chatsworth were a two-run single by Ryan Barry and a two-run triple by Alonzo Castellanos.
UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford made a big statement on Tuesday with his recruiting strategy when juniors Jaime Jaquez Jr. of Camarillo and Jake Kyman of Santa Margarita announced they had committed to the Bruins.
“Two local kids in one day,” Kyman’s father, Coley, said.
Both will be four-year players at their respective high schools, something unusual in the age of player movement. Both are viewed as potential four-year players at UCLA at a time one-and-done can disrupt programs.
Etiwanda is the defending Southern Section Division 2 champion in prep baseball, so the Eagles know how to play in pressure games. They came out on Monday in the first game of a critical three-game series against Damien and performed brilliantly.
Marcus Johnson threw a five-hitter and Cody Freeman contributed four hits from the leadoff position to lead Eitwanda past Damien 13-1 and pull the Eagles into a first-place tie in the Baseline League. Gio Del Negro had three hits and Tyler Bardowell and Austyn Coleman hit home runs.
Rancho Cucamonga defeated Chino Hills 2-1 in 10 innings. Omar De La Herran broke the tie with a home run. That means Damien and Etiwanda are two games ahead of third-place Chino Hills with two to play.