June 26, 2013 |
UCLA believes it is a worthy national champion, the best college baseball team in the nation. But Coach John Savage wasn't thinking that way a couple of weeks ago, when the Bruins were preparing to meet Cal State Fullerton in a best-of-three-games NCAA Super Regional at Fullerton's Goodwin Field. He thought Fullerton might be better. In fact, he thought the Big West Conference champion Titans just might have been the best team in the country. “It was a tough road,” Savage said Tuesday night at a post-game news conference after UCLA finished a five-game College World Series sweep with an 8-0 rout of Mississippi State.
May 29, 2013 |
It has been 31 years since a teenage Bret Saberhagen pitched and hit Reseda Cleveland to a City Section baseball championship. Jack Hartman is turning in Saberhagen-like performances in the Division I playoffs. After throwing a no-hitter in the quarterfinals, Hartman threw two scoreless innings of relief Wednesday and had a run-scoring double and a home run to help the Cavaliers defeat Marshall, 3-1, in a semifinal game at USC's Dedeaux Field. "He comes up big every time," Coach Greg Venger said.
May 14, 2013 |
On a sunny Tuesday afternoon on a cluttered street in Gardena, some very big and skilled athletes are hanging out on a concrete basketball court, bouncing around underneath rusted backboards and chain nets, acting out a typical inner-city scene, with one small exception. They are playing baseball. "It's Showtime!" shouts Coach Wil Aaron, only this is a very different kind of Showtime. Aaron is using a tennis racket to whack tennis balls at close range to infielders on his Gardena Serra High baseball team, whose players are leaping and spinning out of stereotypes and perhaps into history.
June 2, 2012 |
A season that began with Luke Eubank of Newbury Park being a rather anonymous right-handed pitcher ended Friday night under the lights at Dodger Stadium with Eubank being saluted as the teenager who helped deliver a Southern Section Division 1 championship. It was a vintage Eubank performance in a 2-1 victory over Corona. No walks. Eight strikeouts. Just three hits given up. He pitched his 11th complete game and improved his record to 11-0. And it took just 83 minutes. "That kid just carried us the whole way," Coach Matt Goldfield said.
June 4, 2011 |
Andrew Urbina threw a two-hitter, and Angel Araujo contributed a run-scoring single and later scored after a triple, leading Los Angeles Wilson past North Hollywood, 2-0, in the City Section Division II baseball championship game Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Urbina, a junior, said he received inspiration from a brother who died three years ago of a rare brain disease. "Before every game, I tell him to help me," Urbina said. He struck out three and walked none. The game took 1 hour 22 minutes to complete.
June 2, 2011 |
SOUTHERN SECTION BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS FRIDAY AT DODGER STADIUM DIVISION 4 LA PUENTE BISHOP AMAT (28-4) VS. PALM DESERT (28-4), 4:30 P.M. Scouting report: There's not a better matchup of teams all weekend at Dodger Stadium. Bishop Amat lost to Palm Desert, 5-1, in its season opener. The Lancers won the National Classic and have played and beaten top teams all season. Sophomore Adam Alcantar is having a terrific season with a .485 average. Third baseman Rio Ruiz is a future first-round draft pick.