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It Wasn't Perfect, but Mira Costa Is Happy With Win

May 12, 1991|ROB FERNAS

"It was sad, and I didn't think it would be," Poe said.

Rolling Hills finished the Ocean League season with a 3-2 victory over its rival. Afterward, both teams took part in a barbecue at Rolling Hills.

"It was nice," Poe said. "The PV kids stuck around and ate. There was some reluctance to leave on everyone's part."

The difference is that Poe knows he will return to the field Friday. The Titans (15-6-1) earned a home game for the Southern Section 4-A playoffs by winning the league title. For Palos Verdes, there will be no other games. The Sea Kings (9-13-1) missed the playoffs after finishing fourth.

In all probability, the game also marked the end of the coaching reign of Gil Eberhard, 58, who guided Palos Verdes to 332 victories in 25 seasons.

Look for Poe to be named baseball coach at the new high school.

Baseball by the numbers:

* Pioneer League champion Torrance might be the area's hottest team. The Tartars (20-5) have won 15 of 16 games after shutting out West Torrance, 8-0, Friday in a league finale at Torrance Park.

* Torrance catcher Jason Kendall batted two for four Friday to extend his hitting streak to 31 games, currently the longest streak in the state. Jakob Jensen of Highland Hall in Northridge set the state record by hitting safely in 33 consecutive games, but his streak ended when he went hitless in three at-bats in a game on Tuesday. Kendall is No. 2 on the state's all-time list.

* Kendall ended the regular season with a school-record 46 runs batted in, eclipsing the previous record of 41 set last season by outfielder Eric Gonzalez.

* Torrance third baseman Antone Williamson is the South Bay's all-time hit leader with 152. He passed the previous record of 147 set by Redondo's Scott Davison from 1985-88. Williamson is batting .563 (40 for 71) this season.

* El Segundo catcher Jeff Poor drove in three runs Friday night in a 13-1 victory over St. Francis of La Canada to give him a school-record 54 RBIs this season. The old record was 51 set last season by Tate Seefried. The Southern Section record of 58 was set by Davison in 1987.

* Rolling Hills ace Kirt Kishita (8-2, 0.68 earned-run average) has pitched six shutouts and not allowed an earned run in 55 consecutive innings. He last gave up an earned run on March 8 against Edison of Huntington Beach in the El Segundo tournament. He has one no-hitter and three one-hitters this season.

* West Torrance's Brian Fitzgerald and Kishita are the South Bay strikeout leaders. Fitzgerald has 95 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings pitched. Kishita has 94 strikeouts in 72 innings.

Poor and Kendall, the respective catchers for El Segundo and Torrance, are having outstanding seasons. Between them, they have 100 RBIs.

So, who's better?

A veteran South Bay coach says the edge goes to Poor.

"Poor is a catcher and a hitter," he said. "Kendall is a hitter who catches. Poor is definitely the best."

South Torrance pitcher Keith Schaefer, a junior left-hander, ended the Pioneer League season by throwing a perfect game Friday in an 11-0 victory over visiting North Torrance. Schaefer (5-3) struck out seven and threw 67 pitches as South improved to 15-9 overall and tied for second with West in league play at 8-4.

Another left-hander, Brian Wise of El Segundo, was nearly as overpowering in a San Fernando Valley League finale against St. Francis. Wise (8-1) allowed three hits (all in the first inning), struck out 13 and retired the last 19 batters in a 13-1 victory as the Eagles improved to 24-4 and completed league play with a perfect 10-0 record.

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