Mike Aranzullo was 5 for 5 and drove in five runs as Cleveland defeated West Valley League rival Chatsworth, 22-14, in a wild second-round game in the championship bracket of the Holt-Goodman tournament Saturday.
Cleveland trailed, 6-2, after two innings but went ahead for good in the third when it used five hits, five walks and a hit batter to score 11 runs. The big blows were delivered by Mike Bergren, who had a three-run double, and Aranzullo, who capped the outburst with a grand slam, his first home run of the season.
Cleveland (5-4), which was averaging less than four runs per game, battered five Chatsworth pitchers for 20 hits, eight for extra bases. Chatsworth starter Matt Finley (1-1) was relieved briefly by Jeff Rubenstein in the third, but took the mound again later in the inning. Finley was replaced by Joel Wolfe in the fifth.
Rex McMackin of Chatsworth (10-3) continued his torrid hitting with four hits and two runs batted in. In his last three games, McMackin is 10 for 13 and has raised his average 100 points to .548. In its first-round game, Chatsworth defeated North Hollywood, 11-5, as McMackin was 3 for 4 with six RBIs. John Dunn and Art Lowe also had three hits to help Chatsworth's 13-hit attack.
Cleveland rallied and defeated Grant, 4-3, in its first-round game behind RBI singles by Matt Hedding, Ron Conway and Lance Mandel in the seventh inning.
In other championship second-round action Saturday, Sylmar defeated San Fernando, 4-3, Arcadia beat Granada Hills, 5-1, and Hart edged Poly, 4-3. In the second round of the consolation bracket, Grant defeated North Hollywood, 6-2, Birmingham beat Franklin, 11-7, and Monroe defeated Westchester, 2-1.
Sylmar used three first-inning errors by San Fernando to score three runs and then hung on for the win.
Two Granada Hills errors led to a five-run fifth for Arcadia in Arcadia's win. Granada Hills edged Franklin, 9-7, in the first round when Sean Brown hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth. Kent Lowry was 4 for 4 to pace Granada Hills' 12-hit attack.
Run-scoring singles by Gus Guerrero and Juan Doroteo highlighted a four-run fifth inning for Grant in its win over North Hollywood.
In Monday's championship semifinals, both at Birmingham, Sylmar will play Hart at 11 a.m. and Cleveland will play Arcadia at 2:30 p.m. The fifth-place semifinals at Chatsworth match Poly against San Fernando at 11 a.m. and Chatsworth against Granada Hills at 2:30 p.m.
Venice plays Monroe at 11 a.m. and Grant plays Birmingham at 2:30 in the consolation semifinals at Granada Hills.
John Buller was 3 for 3, including a home run and a triple, and drove in four runs as Burbank defeated Hayward Sunset, 9-1, in the first round. Bryan Chandler (6-2) had two hits and pitched four innings to pick up the win for Burbank (10-3), which faces Etiwanda in the second round Monday at 9 a.m.
BABE HERMAN TOURNAMENT
Buena scored seven runs in the third and defeated Newbury Park, 11-5, in the first round. Wally Thornhill led Newbury Park (5-10-1) with two hits, two runs scored and a run batted in. Newbury Park will play Glendale, which lost to Saugus, 7-4, in the second round Monday at 9 a.m.