Good weather, dry fields lead to strong pitching performances in high school baseball
With the sun finally out and fields drying, the high school baseball season resumed Friday with a lot of strong pitching performances.
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 6, Sierra Canyon 2: The Knights (14-1, 10-1) completed a Mission League sweep of Sierra Canyon. Colin Brown had three hits, and Levi Sterling picked up another save.
Crespi 1, Bishop Alemany 0: Isaiah Magdaleno, the Mission League pitcher of the year in 2022, returned to the mound and recorded two strikeouts in the seventh inning for the save and a Mission League victory. He has been primarily used at catcher until the Celts got eligible-transfer Landon Hodge.
Crespi finally has a catcher, so the Mission League pitcher of the year from 2022 is back on the mound with a vengeance. Isaiah Magdaleno got two strikeouts in the seventh to save a 1-0 win over Bishop Alemany.
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Chaminade 5, Harvard-Westlake 3: The Eagles handed Harvard-Westlake another Mission League loss. Adam Batmanian struck out five in four scoreless innings of relief.
Loyola 10, St. Francis 1: James Dell'Amico finished with three RBIs for Loyola.
JSerra 6, St. John Bosco 1: Jonathan Mendez and Dominic Smaldino each had two RBIs for the Lions.
Orange Lutheran 2, Mater Dei 1: The Lancers picked up the 10-inning win. Freshman Brady Murrietta had the game-winning RBI in the top of the 10th. Mater Dei had the bases loaded with two outs and a 3-and-2 count in the bottom of the seventh, but Gavin Williams lined out to end the inning. Josiah Hartshorn had four hits for Orange Lutheran. Freshman Ezekiel Lara had four hits for Mater Dei.
Santa Margarita 2, Servite 0: Sammy Cova and Brennan Bauer combined on the shutout for the Eagles.
Santa Monica 2, Peninsula 1: It took 16 innings to decide this one, with the winning run coming home on a wild pitch. Jackson Klein threw eight scoreless innings of relief for Santa Monica, striking out nine. Brian Barba had three hits.
El Camino Real 4, Taft 0: Tyler Sileo struck out nine for El Camino Real in the West Valley League game.
Birmingham 13, Chatsworth 3: In a rematch of last year's City Section championship game, the Patriots prevailed behind JB Dalumpines, who had four RBIs.
Granada Hills 4, Cleveland 3: The Highlanders stayed unbeaten in the West Valley League.
Kennedy 1, Sylmar 0: The Golden Cougars picked up the Valley Mission League victory.
Narbonne 8, Banning 5: Owen Martin's home run powered the Gauchos to a win in their Marine League opener.
Capistrano Valley 8, Mission Viejo 0: Austin Taylor struck out five, walked one and gave up four hits in the shutout for Capistrano Valley.
Long Beach Millikan 2, Lakewood 0: Austin Paul threw a complete game for Millikan.
Anaheim Canyon 2, Esperanza 0: Cohen Gomez struck out nine and yielded three hits in the shutout for Canyon.
Bonita 4, Ayala 1: Justin Santiago continued his dominant pitching, striking out 12 with one walk while surrendering two hits for Bonita.
Cypress 17, Placentia Valencia 0: Four pitchers combined for a no-hitter to lead Cypress. Abbrie Covarrubias had a double, triple and home run for Cypress.
Westlake 2, Thousand Oaks 0: Joshua Doyle threw six scoreless innings for Westlake.
Calabasas 5, Newbury Park 2: Tyler Shulman had two hits for the Coyotes.
Los Alamitos 5, Fountain Valley 1: Wyatt Madison contributed two RBIs for Los Alamitos, including a home run.
Norco 4, Corona Centennial 3: The Cougars handed Centennial its first loss of the season. Grant Gray had two hits.
West Ranch 8, Valencia 1: Landon Hu went three for three in the Foothill League victory for West Ranch. Ben Cushnie struck out seven in five innings.
Hart 5, Saugus 2: The Indians picked up the Foothill League win. Brady Werther, Zach Kukreja and Matt Perez all had doubles.
Camarillo 3, Royal 2: The Scorpions won it in the eighth inning. Trevor Hansen had three hits and struck out 12 for Royal.
Foothill 3, El Dorado 0: Andrew Parker threw six scoreless innings and struck out four to lead Foothill.
Huntington Beach 11, Corona del Mar 0: Ralphy Velazquez had two hits and two RBIs and John Petrie hit a three-run home run for Huntington Beach.
King 7, Rancho Verde 2: Jase Evangelista and Blake Bowen homered for King.
Villa Park 8, El Modena 5: Zach Brown improved to 4-0 and Gavin Grahovac went three for three with two RBIs. Geoff McArthur added two hits and three RBIs.
Gahr 12, Bellflower 2: Mike Lee had three hits and three RBIs for Gahr.
Garden Grove Pacifica 12, El Modena 1: Delaina Maae contributed four RBIs to lead Pacifica.
Esperanza 2, Anaheim Canyon 0: Mia Sanchez threw the shutout for Esperanza, giving up two hits.
Orange Lutheran 6, Mater Dei 0: Brianne Weiss struck out nine and walked one in the Trinity League win.
Norco 19, Corona 0: The Cougars (12-0) received home runs from Maddy Aguilera, Kynarra Vuki and Mya Perez.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.