When an error in the sixth inning led to a three-run inning for Thousand Oaks with two outs on Thursday, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame turned to its football connection to snuff out the Lancers’ momentum.
Quarterback Noah Taylor delivered a three-run double and linebacker Michael Whiteside had an RBI triple. Notre Dame turned a 4-3 deficit into a 9-5 victory, advancing the Knights (3-0) into the semifinals of the Easton tournament.
Sophomore Diego Baqueiro had a two-run single for Notre Dame. Sophomore Daylen Reyes finished with three hits.
There are so many Lopez family members playing for Southern Section soccer titles this weekend that they won’t have any trouble transporting the trophies should they win.
Brothers Arturo and Sal Lopez are the co-coaches at Cathedral, which plays Santa Barbara on Saturday in the 2 p.m. Division 1 championship game at Warren. On the team is Andrew Lopez, the son of San Gabriel Mission Coach Francisco Lopez, whose team is playing Rialto in the Division 6 girls’ final on Friday at Corona.
Among the Mission players are Francisco’s daughter, Alyssa, who’s the twin sister of Andrew. Also on the team are Juliana and Isabella Lopez, Sal’s daughters.
Calabasas put itself on the baseball map on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over No. 1-ranked Harvard-Westlake.
Calabasas, whose coach, Thomas Cassidy, is a Chatsworth grad like Harvard-Westlake Coach Jared Halpert, had to be thrilled with its pitching. Nick Crystal picked up the victory and Matt Naziri got out of a jam in the seventh for the save.
Billy Melcher drove in the game’s only run with an RBI triple in the fifth.
Kory Minor, a former NFL linebacker who played at Bishop Amat and later Notre Dame, has been hired as the football coach at St. Margaret’s.
He served as an assistant coach last season.
St. Margaret’s also announced the new offensive coordinator will be former Canyon Country Canyon and Cal quarterback Nate Longshore, who once was an assistant at Santa Margarita under Harry Welch and is an expert on virtual-reality-based sports training.