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Toring Remains Critical, in Coma

SOFTBALL Red hot: Cal State Northridge Coach Janet Sherman made a change in her lineup 24 games ago. And it appears to have made a world of difference. For the first 21 games, outfielder Laura Redding batted in the No. 9 spot and was producing like no other Northridge starter. She was batting near .400 and getting the fewest at-bats in the lineup. On March 14, Sherman moved her to the No. 1 spot and is seeing the same results. The senior left-handed hitter leads the team with a .359 average and 46 hits. Since Redding became the leadoff hitter, Northridge is 18-6 to improve to 30-15.

April 18, 1998

Former Harvard-Westlake High and UCLA water polo star Jim Toring remains in a coma and in critical condition at a Paris hospital, Harvard-Westlake Coach Rich Corso said Friday.

Corso, who spoke with Toring's father, Hank, said Toring "took a turn for the worse."

"They're having a difficult time relieving pressure in the brain," Corso said.

Toring, 23, who traveled to France to play with the U.S. national team in a tournament, suffered a severe head injury Monday morning when he was struck by a bus.

Hank and his wife, Sandy, who live in Simi Valley, have been at their son's bedside.

WATER POLO

Staying put: Corso said he will remain at Harvard-Westlake. Corso interviewed for the head coaching position at Princeton University, but the job was given to another person.

BASEBALL

Impressive numbers: Cal Lutheran (19-6) is ranked No. 7 in the most recent Collegiate Baseball poll. The Kingsmen are leading the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 15-1 record and are nearing their sixth conference title in the past seven seasons.

Cal Lutheran is batting .377, is holding opposing batters to a .254 average and has outscored opponents, 245-121.

DIVING

Dumais third: Troy Dumais, a senior at Buena High, is in third place with 606.18 points after the semifinals of the three-meter springboard at the National Diving Championships in Indianapolis.

Older brother Justin Dumais, a freshman at USC, is in eighth place with 575.01 points.

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