July 11, 1996
Former Venice and University High assistant Armando Gomez was named varsity baseball coach at San Fernando. Gomez replaces Dan Heim, who resigned last month after three seasons. Gomez, 28, was City Section 3-A co-player of the year in 1986 after leading Venice to three consecutive 3-A titles. He played one year at San Diego State before transferring to Cal State Dominguez Hills. "I was looking for a chance to start my own program," Gomez said.
April 11, 1996 |
After playing four baseball games in five days during the Birmingham tournament, effectively exhausting their pitching, the San Fernando High and Birmingham baseball teams played out an unlikely event on Wednesday--a pitching duel. San Fernando's Julio Sandoval walked away smiling and Birmingham's Alberto Flores sat dejected in the dugout after the Tigers defeated the Braves, 5-3, in a Blue Division semifinal at Birmingham High.
March 5, 1994
Cleveland '93 RECORD OVERALL LEAGUE 6-14-1 5-12 * COACH YEAR Steve Landress 3rd * TOP RETURNEES YR POS Eric Elzy Sr. P Anthony Williams Sr. P Junior Brignac So. SS * TOP NEWCOMERS YR POS Casey Roth So. C Kevin Delgado So. 3B Wesley Bateman Jr. CF/P Michael Schultz Fr. P Johnny Lopez Sr. 2B Shaun Brickhandler So. 1B Greg Walters So. LF OUTLOOK Youth will be served at Cleveland--Landress doesn't have a choice. Fortunately, several of the six sophomores who likely will start are good ones.
April 12, 1995
Sylmar High third baseman Chris Ruley is tall, burly and looks like a throwback player. Even more so, now that he uses a wooden bat. After experimenting with it in practices and games, Ruley decided to use his 34 1/2-ounce Louisville Slugger full time in a game against Reseda last week. The wood rewarded him with two hits in three at-bats, raising his batting average to .306. Nearly all high school players use aluminum bats. "The wood has been feeling good in my hands in practice," Ruley said.
March 2, 1996
Senior Julio Sandoval threw a no-hitter Friday, lifting the San Fernando High baseball team to a 6-0 victory over Palmdale in a San Fernando Valley tournament game at San Fernando High. Sandoval went the distance, striking out five. San Fernando Coach Dan Heim said he believes it is the first no-hitter by a San Fernando player in at least 20 years. Adrian Rizo had a two-run single in the first inning and Chris Montano had a run-scoring triple in the third for the Tigers (1-0).
March 7, 1996
For a team that struggled with pitching and defense last year, 1996 might just be a bit different for San Fernando High. Although Julio Sandoval's control wasn't perfect--walking six batters--the senior right-hander was the first pitcher in the region to throw a no-hitter this season, shutting down Golden League champion Palmdale, 6-0, Friday in a San Fernando tournament game. "I felt like I was going to have a good game," Sandoval said. "My curveball was breaking really well."