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May 3, 1989 | STEVE KRESAL, Times Staff Writer
Kennedy High School's Ernie Franco doesn't mind sitting on the bench for most of seven innings, getting only three or four at-bats as the designated hitter. It means he gets to hit. He doesn't mind catching seven innings either, because he knows he gets to hit too. He likes going to practice; he knows he gets to work on his hitting. After practice, as all the other bats are put in a sack and locked away for the night, Franco's goes home with him . . . so he can hit at the batting cages.
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May 3, 1989 | STEVE KRESAL, Times Staff Writer
Kennedy High School's Ernie Franco doesn't mind sitting on the bench for most of seven innings, getting only three or four at-bats as the designated hitter. It means he gets to hit. He doesn't mind catching seven innings either, because he knows he gets to hit too. He likes going to practice; he knows he gets to work on his hitting. After practice, as all the other bats are put in a sack and locked away for the night, Franco's goes home with him . . . so he can hit at the batting cages.
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SPORTS
June 27, 1989
The Cypress Dawgs lost to the Pomona Colts, 2-1, in a Metro League baseball game at Cypress College Monday night. Pomona took a 1-0 lead on Ed Cartwright's home run. Cypress tied the score in the second inning when Joey Gonzalez was hit by pitcher Paul Olson, advanced to second on Ed Garcia's single and scored on Ernie Franco's single. The Colts scored the game-winner in the third. With two outs, Ken Tolbert hit Tim Albert with a pitch. Albert took second on a passed ball and scored on Jim Stowell's double.
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May 18, 1988
Kennedy High School scored three runs without benefit of a hit in the fifth inning and held on to defeat Artesia, 7-6, Tuesday in a Southern Section 3-A wild-card game at Artesia. Trailing, 6-4, Kennedy loaded the bases with two out on two walks and a hit batter. A pair of wild pitches scored Ernie Franco and Peter Montera to tie the score. Scott Morris then stole home when losing pitcher Tony Adamson made a pickoff attempt to first base.
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February 15, 1991
In other nonconference baseball: Cypress 3, Mira Costa 0--Todd Blyleven (3-0) pitched eight innings, allowing two hits, striking out eight and walking two, for host Cypress (8-2). Blyleven has allowed only one run in 21 innings this season. Kevin Cook hit a solo home run in the seventh inning for his third of the season. Cypress scored two in the fourth. Abijah Alastra scored on a fielder's choice by Ernie Franco and Rob Utz singled home Sean Drinkwater later that inning.
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June 3, 1989 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
There were times during his four-year varsity career when Kennedy High School shortstop Steve Rath admitted he was ready to quit. It's easy to understand his discontent. Kennedy was anything but a baseball power when Rath arrived on the La Palma campus. Kennedy had stumbled to a 3-17 record the previous season, and the prospects of improvement were slim. The Fighting Irish had a new coach, Chris Pascal, and a couple of freshmen, Rath and Greg Hansell, had managed to make the team.
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March 4, 1989
Chris Maher and Gerad Cawhorn had two home runs each to lead Huntington Beach High School to a 12-3 victory over Cypress in the opening round of the Loara baseball tournament Friday at Huntington Beach. Cawhorn had three hits and five RBIs and Maher had three hits and four RBIs. Jason Bettinger had three hits and scored four runs for Huntington Beach. In other first-round games: El Dorado 11, Santiago 1--Bruce Petillo had three hits, including a two-run home run and a double, for host El Dorado.
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May 7, 1988 | AL PRESTON
Shelby Hart hit a three-run inside-the-park home run in the first inning Friday, and Pacifica High School went on to score a 6-2 Garden Grove League victory over Kennedy at Pacifica. Pacifica (16-6, 9-3) moved into sole possession of second place behind La Quinta with two games to play. Kennedy (14-11, 8-4) is in third place. Hart's home run, his fourth of the season, gave Pacifica a 3-0 lead.
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April 4, 1989 | CHRIS FOSTER, Times Staff Writer
The trouble with being a three-season athlete is that you always seem to be behind everyone else. Billy Fitzgerald of Katella High School has had that problem for the last three years. During the fall, Fitzgerald was the starting tight end and linebacker for the football team. In the winter, he wrestled and was runner-up in the Empire League at 191 pounds. Now it's spring, and Fitzgerald is hitting and throwing baseballs.
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May 13, 1988
John Bretza (7-4) pitched a six-hitter and Scott Volmer drove in two runs as Irvine High School clinched the South Coast League baseball championship with a 4-1 victory over San Clemente Thursday at San Clemente. Irvine (17-8 overall, 10-5 in league play) finishes two games ahead of Dana Hills and El Toro. Dana Hills advances to the Southern Section 3-A playoffs as the league's No. 2 team because it defeated El Toro twice this season. San Clemente is 9-15, 5-10.
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June 9, 1989
Some of the best high school players in Anaheim will meet tonight in an all-star game at Glover Stadium starting at 7. Admission is $2. All-stars from Empire League champion Loara, Orange League champion Orange, and Empire League members Katella and Cypress will form one team coached by Rob Megill of Loara and Don Riyl of Cypress. The team will be led by Loara pitcher and outfielder Kenny Williams, who was the player of the year in the Empire League. Loara pitcher Eric Smith, outfielder Jeremy Sherman of Katella, infielders John Barber of Anaheim and Jon Gardikis of Cypress also will play on the team.
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