First published in the April 28 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team battled visiting Temple City in an eight-inning marathon before succumbing the Rio Hondo League game, 8-6, on Tuesday.
Senior Adam Geller collected three base hits, a pair of runs scored and an RBI, while senior Timmy Park added three base hits, senior Ryan Kiessling finished 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, freshman Josh Proctor doubled and scored a run, and junior Alex Higa registered two hits and a run scored. Senior Kasey Koehler and junior Ethan Geller each notched a base hit and a run scored, while sophomore Hayden Dancsecs tallied a base hit and an RBI.
With only one league game remaining, the fourth-place Spartans (12-8-1 overall record, 2-7-1 in league) are unlikely to move up in the league standings but will have to fend off San Marino to avoid finishing last.
LCHS will host Monrovia in its regular-season finale on Thursday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m.
The Wolves were edged 1-0 at Nogales High in La Puente in a nonleague game last Friday, as a first inning run was the difference-maker in this tight pitchers’ duel.
Flintridge Prep previously picked up a season sweep at Chadwick School of the Palos Verdes Peninsula by winning the Prep League game, 3-1, last Thursday. Junior Max Brunngraber, who posted a base hit and two RBIs on offense, tossed a complete game, allowing one earned run on four hits with 10 strikeouts. Senior Nathan Park collected a pair of base hits and a run scored, freshman Brian Xu recorded a base hit and a run scored, senior Diego Ynzunza produced a base hit, and senior Josh Beserra tallied a run scored and an RBI.
The Wolves earned a 7-2 league victory over visiting Chadwick last Tuesday as Beserra pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks with four strikeouts. The offense helped Beserra earn the win as Flintridge Prep racked up 11 base hits, including five multi-hit performances. Senior Dominick Schraeder blasted a pair of doubles with two runs scored and two RBIs, while Beserra helped himself by finishing 2-for-3 with a double, a pair of runs scored and two RBIs. Senior Nicholas Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a triple and a pair of runs scored, Ynzunza added two base hits and a run scored, freshman Will Koh registered two base hits and an RBI, and Brunngraber had a base hit and two RBIs.
The Wolves (9-2 in league, 18-7 overall) clinched back-to-back league titles for the first time in school history and will begin its postseason journey after the CIF-SS brackets are released on Monday, May 2, at 10 a.m.
The Golden Knights returned to Mission League action after a string of nonleague games but lost to visiting Crespi High of Encino, 5-3, on Monday. Sophomore Holden Deitch did all the damage on offense, collecting a pair of doubles and driving in all three of St. Francis’ runs. Senior Luke Fogarty produced a base hit and a pair of runs scored, sophomore John Calmette recorded a base hit and a run scored, and senior Miles Leyva finished with a base hit.
SFHS snapped its 10-game losing streak by edging host St. Bonaventure High of Ventura, 3-2, in a nonleague game last Thursday. Junior Xander Douglas pitched a complete game, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Meanwhile, senior Quinn Deitch doubled, scored once and knocked in a pair of RBIs and Leyva collected two base hits and two runs scored. Freshman Kibru Pam tallied a double, sophomore Brody Ruyle had a base hit and a run scored, and senior Alejandro Ramirez finished with a base hit.
The Golden Knights (5-21 overall, 3-13 in league) will have to finish strong in their final week of league play to avoid a last-place finish in the league standings, with their regular season finale scheduled against visiting Crespi on Thursday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m.