Ronald Robart pitched a four-hitter as Monroe upset Granada Hills, 5-1, in a Mid-Valley League game at Monroe. Granada Hills (7-1, 3-1 in league play) is the top-ranked team in the Times' Valley poll.
"Robart threw a good game and we played good defense," Monroe Coach Kevin Campbell said. Robart struck out only two but induced 15 groundouts.
"Today was the best game we've played since the preseason," Campbell said.
Ahead, 2-1, in the sixth, Monroe (6-7, 2-2) scored three runs on three hits and an error. Tim Costic, Robart and Mike Bargerstock each knocked in a run for Monroe.
Kennedy 8, Van Nuys 3--Sophomore Shawn Madden had a home run and two runs batted in to lead the Cougars to a Mid-Valley League victory at Van Nuys.
Mike Schlesinger had three hits and teammate Gino Tagliaferri had two for Kennedy (8-8, 2-2).
John House, Raul Luna and Robert Peacock each had two hits for Van Nuys.
Reseda 2, El Camino Real 1--Kevin Ogle hit a two-out, two-run home run in the third inning for Reseda and the Regents hung on in the West Valley League game at El Camino Real.
Reseda's Steve Brody pitched out of a seventh-inning jam by striking out two Conquistadores with a runner on second. Brody went the distance and struck out 10. He allowed only five hits.
El Camino Real (4-4, 1-3) scored its run when catcher Mike Stephenson scored from third on a throwing error. Reseda evened its league record at 2-2.
Taft 5, Cleveland 1--The Toreadors parlayed four singles and three errors into a five-run sixth inning to win a West Valley League game at Cleveland.
Adam Zutler and Glenn Nahmias each had two hits and an RBI and teammate Mike Kimmelman added two hits for Taft (6-3, 3-1).
Grant 11, North Hollywood 4--The Lancers avenged an earlier East Valley League loss by scoring at least one run in each inning in a game at Grant.
Grant (6-6, 4-4) led, 8-4, after four innings. All but one of the Lancers' 15 hits were singles.
Once Grant took the lead, Javier Delahoya, the Lancer ace, made sure North Hollywood (3-8, 3-4) couldn't come back. Delahoya, who has 47 strikeouts in 32 innings this season, struck out 11 while giving up 5 hits and 4 walks.
Sylmar 6, Verdugo Hills 1--Olonzo Woodfin threw a three-hitter and struck out eight to lead the Spartans to an East Valley League victory at Verdugo Hills.
Art Monreal had a two doubles, including a two-run drive with two out in the second inning that gave Sylmar a 4-0 lead. Catcher Bruce Gomez had three hits and an RBI for the Spartans (8-4, 7-1).
Thousand Oaks 4, Camarillo 2--The Lancers scored two runs in the top of the 12th inning to defeat Camarillo in a wild Marmonte League game at Camarillo.
The Lancers' Mike Yanuzzi led off the 12th with a double and advanced to third on a groundout to first base. After Mark Skeels walked, the Lancers called a delayed steal. Skeels then intentionally got caught in a rundown between first and second while Yanuzzi broke for home.
The tactic appeared to backfire when Yanuzzi was caught between third and home, but catcher Buddy Wray's throw to third baseman Johnny Barroso hit Yanuzzi's helmet and bounced into left field.
Yanuzzi scored on the play and Skeels went to third. Skeels scored one out later on a single by Dan Chergey.
Thousand Oaks improved to 7-4-1, 2-1, while Camarillo fell to 7-9-1, 1-3.
Simi Valley 8, Channel Islands 1--Scott Sharts hit his 10th home run and pitched a three-hitter to lead the Pioneers to a Marmonte League victory at Simi Valley.
Sharts (5-0) struck out six and needed only 77 pitches to throw the complete game.
Sharts' two-run home run in the third gave Simi Valley a 3-0 lead. The Pioneers (12-4, 3-1) added five runs in the fourth.
Oakwood 2, Bel-Air Prep 1-- Matt Cramer hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh inning to give Oakwood (3-2) the championship of the Bel-Air Prep tournament.
Highland Hall 20, Pilgrim 1-- Highland Hall set a school record with 21 stolen bases as the Hawks placed third in the Bel-Air Prep tournament.