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Albert Garcia throws seven shutout innings of relief

Sophomore pitcher Albert Garcia thrust himself permanently into Birmingham baseball lore on Wednesday night by throwing seven shutout innings of relief to enable the Patriots to rally for a 3-2 victory over Chatsworth in the City Section Open Division semifinals at USC.

Birmingham was facing disaster in the first inning. Starting pitcher Armando Yanez was pulled after 16 pitches. The Chancellors got a walk and two singles. In came Garcia with few warmup tosses. He got a force out on a dropped pop up that scored a run to give Chatsworth a 2-0 lead. The Chancellors’ bats went silent the rest of the game.

Meanwhile, the Patriots got a run in the third inning off Gabe Achucarro on a bunt by Garcia to score Johnny Tincher, who had a triple. They scored another run to tie the score in the fourth on an RBI single by Daniel Gamboa. And then Erik Rivas, who has five hits in two playoff games, delivered an RBI single in the fifth.

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Senior throws shutout in 4-0 win over Cleveland

Bryan Golnick of El Camino Real was in such a hurry pitching on Wednesday at USC’s Dedeaux Field that he looked as if he needed to make a graduation ceremony. Coach Josh Lienhard finally had to come to the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning of the City Section Open Division semifinal with an 0-and-2 count to calm him down.

Golnick got a game-ending strikeout to culminate a 4-0 victory over Cleveland that sends the Conquistadores into Saturday’s 1 p.m. championship game at Dodger Stadium against Birmingham, a 3-2 winner over Chatsworth.

Unfortunately, Golnick, a senior, won’t be able to pitch. He threw 105 pitches, leaving him ineligible to be on the mound at Dodger Stadium. He didn’t seem too upset.

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Pitcher Chris Torres of Sierra Canyon has been named the Gold Coast League player of the year in baseball.

First-team all-league:

Billy Edwards, Sierra Canyon, Sr.; Noah Levin, Sierra Canyon, Sr.; Josh Reiter, Sierra Canyon, Jr.; Vince Dolcemaschio, Windward, Jr.; Luke Tanner, Windward, Jr.; Isaac Munoz, Windward, Sr.; Joey Estes, Paraclete, Jr.; Ian Vogenthaler, Paraclete, Sr.; Charlie Stern, Campbell Hall, Jr.; Max Prather, Campbell Hall, Jr.; Joji Baratelli, Crossroads, Sr.; Nicholas Milillo, Crossroads, Jr.; Cary Lucas, Viewpoint, Jr.; James Kobylt, Brentwood, Jr.

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Rick Weber announced on Tuesday he is stepping down after seven years as baseball coach at Sierra Canyon.

Weber, in a text message, said it’s time “for me to make a change” and pursue other opportunities.

Sierra Canyon had a 21-game win streak this season and competed in Division 2, its highest level yet after being a small schools team for many years. He had an overall record of 165-43 and went from Division 6 to Division 2 during his stint.