May 26, 1999 |
Determined to gain respect for the East Valley League, No. 13-seeded Grant High pulled off the biggest upset in the first round of the City Championship baseball playoffs. The Lancers relied on power hitting and two shutout innings from reliever Frank Amaya to defeat No. 4-seeded Granada Hills, 7-6, on Tuesday at Granada Hills.
May 26, 1989 |
As a result of the settlement of the Los Angeles teachers' strike, the City Section has reinstated the 4-A Division baseball playoffs. City Section Commissioner Hal Harkness and a group representing the 4-A coaches agreed to a plan Thursday morning that calls for first-round games today and the next three rounds to be played Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The final will be played next Thursday at Dodger Stadium. Two wild-card games that were canceled last week have been scrapped.
May 23, 1992 |
Derek Baker and Geoff McManus each hit home runs and Adam Schulenburg drove in three runs to give third-seeded Tustin a 7-1 victory over visiting Pico Rivera El Rancho Friday in the first round of the Southern Section Division 3-A baseball playoffs. Tustin (18-7) will play at El Centro Central Union (14-6-1), a 3-0 winner over Jurupa Valley, in a second-round game Tuesday. The Tillers defeated Central in the second round last year.
May 12, 1989 |
It seems as though Kendall Kasper of Southern California College should have made more of an impression on Cal Lutheran Coach Rich Hill by now. Kasper's grand slam propelled Southern California to a Golden State Athletic Conference victory over Hill's Kingsmen last month, yet Hill still gets Kendall confused with his older brother, Kevin. "I can't tell the difference between them," Hill said. "They both run and hit the ball." Kendall gave Hill another reason to remember him Thursday.
May 24, 1988 |
All eight of the county's league champions will get the day off today as the 1988 San Diego Section baseball playoffs begin with eight first-round games. That will give coaches time to scout possible opponents, set their pitching rotations for the week-long playoffs, and try to instill their players with the following thought: Winning a league championship, if recent history is any indication, doesn't mean a thing come playoff time.
May 16, 1991
Poly High used a four-run outburst in the sixth inning to overcome a two-run deficit and hand visiting Palisades an 8-6 defeat Wednesday in the first round of the City Section 4-A Division baseball playoffs. Poly (23-3) trailed, 6-4, entering the bottom of the sixth inning. But Pedro Medina doubled in a run and Raul Torres, who finished two for three, added a run-scoring single that tied the score, 6-6. Marlon McKinney's two-out single scored two runs and gave Poly an 8-6 lead.
May 16, 1991 |
As comeback victories go, it wasn't the most dramatic or most artistic, but Narbonne High will take its 17-6 rout of visiting Lincoln Wednesday afternoon and advance to the second round of the L.A. City Section 3-A Division baseball playoffs. The Gauchos (18-8) will play Garfield, a 4-2 winner over Eagle Rock, Friday at Narbonne. Narbonne fell behind, 6-0, in the top of the second inning.
May 19, 1990 |
Edison High School Coach Paul Harrell knew his team was facing a good-hitting team in the first round of the 5-A baseball playoffs. But he never figured to be down by seven runs after the first inning Friday. Torrance, which came in with a .333 team batting average, sent 12 men to the plate in the first and went on to a 10-7 victory over Edison at Torrance Park. "I knew there would be a lot of scoring going on," Harrell said. "But you can't spot a team like Torrance seven runs.
May 30, 1990 |
Marina High School rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to upset Westlake, 4-1, Tuesday at Blair Field and advance to the championship game of the Southern Section 5-A division baseball playoffs. Marina (16-12-1) will meet Diamond Bar (21-8) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Anaheim Stadium. An unlikely victory? Well, consider that Marina was one of three teams to enter the 32-team playoffs with a losing record and struggled to finish third in the Sunset League.
May 11, 1990 |
Nearly a month after their classmates did, baseball players from Canyons, Moorpark and Mission colleges finally took a spring break. They were still in classes, but after playing two or three games a week from early February until the end of April, they spent nearly two weeks waiting for the Southern California regional of the state playoffs to begin today. Yet the only place these guys went on their break was back to basics.