June 19, 1999
Hart High has selected Jim Ozella, former Alemany coach, to replace Bud Murray as baseball coach. Ozella coached Alemany from 1985-94, then became an assistant coach at College of the Canyons. He has a son who will be a freshman this fall at Hart. Hart won the Southern Section Division II championship in Murray's final season as coach. Murray won 516 games in 39 years of coaching.
April 20, 1988
Crespi jumped to an 18-run lead against Alemany on Tuesday and most of the Celts assumed that victory was assured. Instead, it was washed away by the rain. Alemany rallied for eight runs in the fourth inning, but even though the Indians still trailed, 18-8, the inning turned out to be something of a winner for Alemany. Because it took so long--and because the teams couldn't finish the fifth before the rain fell--the game will be replayed.
March 15, 1989 |
Alemany High scored six runs in the first inning and Tom Daniels threw a six-hitter as the Indians defeated Crespi, 7-2, in a Del Rey League opener Tuesday at College of the Canyons. Ten batters came to the plate against Crespi starter Chad Nichols in the first inning, and Jon Beauchemin, John Lite, Kirk Fellows and Jeff Ordona each produced a run-scoring single.
April 7, 2001 |
Sophomore shortstop Chris Valaika of Hart High broke his elbow last season, forcing him to spend much of the spring on the sideline watching and learning from teammate Bill Susdorf how to perform in pressure situations. On Friday, Valaika came through with a seventh-inning grand slam that gave Hart an 8-4 victory over Valencia in a Foothill League game at Valencia. "I love those situations," Valaika said.
May 2, 2000 |
This is a challenging week for Birmingham, which is in third place in the West Valley League. The Patriots (16-8, 5-5) play at Chatsworth (19-1-1, 10-0) today and host El Camino Real (15-6, 8-2) on Thursday. By finishing third in perhaps the toughest league in the City Section, the Patriots would earn an at-large berth in the City playoffs and set the stage for future success. Birmingham's top five batters are freshmen or sophomores. Sophomore catcher Jose Carrillo is batting .
March 16, 2000 |
Here's the oxymoron baseball note of the season: Reseda High was scheduled to play two games in the L.A. Umpires tournament. When the Regents showed up to play, there were no umpires. The catchers called balls and strikes. The games didn't count on the Regents' record. * Rick Hellriegel of Taft, a senior catcher who transferred from Chatsworth, has five home runs in six games.