Granada Hills High School, which committed eight errors in a 12-11 loss to Banning in last year's City baseball semifinals, gained redemption Friday.
Its opponent, Poly, committed 11 errors, while Granada Hills scored in all but the first inning en route to a 14-7 semifinal victory at Cal State Northridge. This gave the Highlanders a berth in Thursday's City 4-A championship game at Dodger Stadium.
Granada Hills (18-5) will face Grant as it seeks its sixth City championship in the last 12 years.
Granada Hills opened up an 8-1 lead before Ray Palafox of Poly hit a grand slam homer in the fifth to make it 8-5. Granada Hills scored once in the sixth, then added four runs in the seventh.
In the other semifinal, Rodney Beck relieved Grant starter Don Hussey in the third with the bases loaded, gave up a two-run single, then allowed only 3 hits over the next 4 innings in a 7-3 win over San Fernando at Birmingham High.