Orange County all-league softball teams: 2019

The Orange County all-league softball teams for the 2019 season.

(Email complete all-league teams to preps@ocregister.com)

SOFTBALL

ORANGE LEAGUE

MVP: Paige Crumley, Katella, So.

Pitcher of the Year: Citlali Rios, Century, Sr.

First team: Mya Diaz, Anaheim, So.; Miranda Ramirez, Anaheim, Jr.; Andrea Rodarte, Anaheim, Fr.; Anahi Agredano, Katella, Sr.; Samantha Lopez, Katella, Sr.; Alondra Natera, Katella, Sr.; Emily Aguilar, Century, Sr.; Kassandra Villa, Century, Sr.; PJ Serensits, Savanna, So.; Sennie Viramontes, Magnolia, Sr.; Crystall Santana, Santa Ana Valley, So.

Second team: Jayleena Perez, Anaheim, Jr.; Carolyn Rodarte, Anaheim, Sr.; Alexis Vargas, Anaheim, So.; Kaylani Espinoza, Katella, Jr.; Samantha Saldivar, Katella, Fr.; Diana Arredando, Century, So.; Angie Sandoval, Century, Sr.; Nayia Ruiz, Savanna, Sr.; Sophia Kashou, Savanna, So.; Stephanie Marin, Magnolia, Sr.; Alondra Tapia, Santa Ana Valley, Jr.

Sportsmanship: Century

Coach of the Year: Alyssa Gutierrez, Anaheim

SURF LEAGUE

Most Valuable Player: Emily Rush, Marina, Jr.

Most Valuable Pitcher: Sarah Ladd, Los Alamitos, Sr.

First team: Emily Rush, Marina, Jr.; Sarah Ladd, Los Alamitos, Sr.; Shayla Thomas, Marina, Sr.; Nicole Logrecco, Marina, Sr.; Ali Belarde, Los Alamitos, Jr.; Emma Sellers, Los Alamitos, Jr.; Jamie Sellers, Los Alamitos, Jr.; Samantha Denehy, Los Alamitos, Sr.; Jenna Bloom, Edison, Sr.; Bella Espinoza, Edison, So.; Grace Uribe, Huntington Beach, Jr.; Jadelyn Allchin, Huntington Beach, Sr.

Second team: Taylor Lane, Marina, So.; Sophia Nugent, Los Alamitos, So.; Serena Starks, Edison, Sr.; Jaelyn Operana, Edison, Sr.; Alyssa Reynolds, Edison, Sr.; Megan Ryono, Huntington Beach, Sr.; Reanna Rudd, Huntington Beach, Jr.

WAVE LEAGUE

Most Valuable Player: Eliana Gottlieb, Newport Harbor, So.

Most Valuable Pitcher: Clare Austin, Newport Harbor, Jr.

First team: Eliana Gottlieb, Newport Harbor, So.; Clare Austin, Newport Harbor, Jr.; Lindsey Blanchfield, Newport Harbor, So.; Kendall Kelly, Newport Harbor, So.; Leah Freeman, Newport Harbor, Sr.; CJ Garcia, Fountain Valley, So.; Brooke Pace, Fountain Valley, So.; Sydney Walls, Corona del Mar, Fr.; Makena Tomlinson, Corona del Mar, Fr.; Amerys Barshtak, Corona del Mar, Sr.; Emily Thomas, Laguna Beach, Sr.

Second team: McKayla Cotton, Newport Harbor, Fr.; Sam Araiza, Fountain Valley, Sr.; Samara Ortega, Fountain Valley, So.; Taylor Staffa, Fountain Valley, Sr.; Trasara Alexander, Corona del Mar, So.; Sophia Skerik, Corona del Mar, Jr.; Lola Fisher, Laguna Beach, Sr.; Maddie Garwahl, Laguna Beach, Sr.

TRINITY LEAGUE

MVP: Ciara Briggs, Orange Lutheran, Sr.

Pitcher of the Year: Isabella Fiorentino, Santa Margarita, Sr.

First team: Jolie Gustave, Mater Dei, Jr.; Erica Holt, Mater Dei, Sr.; Marlene Friedman, Mater Dei, Jr.; Nyomi Jones, Mater Dei, Sr.; Ciara Briggs, Orange Lutheran, Sr.; Miranda Stoddard, Orange Lutheran, Sr.; Mariah Rodriguez, Orange Lutheran, Sr.; Victoria Fragoso, Orange Lutheran, Jr.; Isabella Fiorentino, Santa Margarita, Sr.; Miranda Johnson, Santa Margarita, Sr.; Melanie Santos, Santa Margarita, Jr.; Jessica Goode, Santa Margarita, Jr.; Paris Schwalbe, JSerra, Fr.; Alison Steinker, JSerra, Jr.; Bryn Boznanski, Rosary, Jr.; Isabella Fuentes, Rosary, Fr.

Second team: Atlantis Perez, Mater Dei, Jr.; Hailey Hanson, Mater Dei, Sr.; Jacqueline Gonzalez, Mater Dei, Sr.; Hannah Jacobsen, Mater Dei, Jr.; Brenna Begin, Orange Lutheran, Jr.; Paloma Usquiano, Orange Lutheran, Sr.; Jaeden Barajas, Orange Lutheran, Sr.; Cadie Williams, Santa Margarita, Jr.; Kendall Furlong, Santa Margarita, Sr.; Abbey Charpentier, Santa Margarita, So.; Angie Yellen, Santa Margarita, So.; Sarah Shaw, JSerra, Jr.; Hollie Farmer, JSerra, Fr.; Kathryn Davis, Rosary, Jr.; Brianne Kang, Rosary, Fr.

 

 

 

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Andrelton Simmons, Shohei Ohtani injured in Angels’ loss

  • The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, center, is helped up by Manager Brad Ausmus, left, and a trainer after he injured his left ankle while trying to beat out a throw to first base during the eighth inning of Monday’s game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim strikes ouf and throws his bat during the sixth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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  • Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin gestures toward first after scoring on a single by Tommy La Stella during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Monday, May 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin, left, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, after scoring on a single by Tommy La Stella during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Monday, May 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, winces as he injures his hand while swinging at strike three during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Monday, May 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to injuring his hand as he strikes out during the eighth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to injuring his hand as he strikes out during the eighth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to injuring his hand as he strikes out during the eighth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 20, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, winces after injuring his hand while swinging at strike three during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Monday, May 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan, is attended to by a trainer and manager Brad Ausmus, second from left, after injuring his hand while swinging at strike three during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, May 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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ANAHEIM — Of all the bad things that happened to the Angels in the eighth inning of their 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, the least troubling was probably that they allowed the go-ahead runs.

“That was a pretty creepy inning,” said Ty Buttrey, who gave up a two-run homer to snap a tie game. “You couldn’t have drawn it up any worse than that.”

A few minutes after Buttrey gave up the two-run homer to Miguel Sano in the top of the eighth, both Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani suffered injuries.

Ohtani was hit in the right ring finger while striking out. Adding insult to injury, literally, the Angels didn’t even get a baserunner out of it because Ohtani was swinging at the pitch. X-rays showed no fracture, so Ohtani will be evaluated again on Tuesday.

Moments after that, though, Simmons sprained his left ankle as he was lunging to try to beat out an infield hit. His ankle twisted in gruesome fashion as he hit the bag. He rolled onto the ground in pain and had to be helped off the field.

An X-ray showed no fracture, but Simmons will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the sprain.

Mike Trout said he didn’t even want to look at the replay of Simmons’ injury, and he didn’t have much to say to Simmons other than giving him a hug.

“He was kind of emotional and upset,” Trout said. “It’s tough. … It just kind of deflates you when you see guys go down, especially a guy who’s been having an unbelievable season so far, making unbelievable plays. The reaction said it all. Obviously, he was in pain. It was just tough.”

Neither Simmons nor Ohtani were available to comment after the game, both remaining in the trainers’ room for treatment.

“I feel like Shohei, by all indications he should be fine,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “Quicker timeframe. We don’t know what Simba’s time frame is. That’s probably the bigger concern right now. We don’t want to lose either one of them. But it seems like the injury to Simba at this point might be a little bit more dire. But we’ll know more tomorrow, we don’t want to guess as to what the final diagnosis will be.”

Ausmus also wouldn’t speculate as to just how the Angels would replace either one.

David Fletcher can play shortstop, but he’s better defensively at second and third. The best defensive shortstop is Zack Cozart, but he’s been in a deep slump at the plate the entire season.

The Angels also could bring up Luís Rengifo or Taylor Ward. Rengifo can play shortstop and second, and he’s recently added third to his repertoire. Ward has been playing third for just more than a season, and within the last month he’s also started playing first base and left field.

Albert Pujols likely would get most of the DH at-bats while Ohtani is out, with first base being handled by Jared Walsh and perhaps Ward or even Matt Thaiss. Justin Bour was recently sent down, but the Angels would likely wait for him to show improvement at the plate before bringing him back.

“Next guy up mentality,” Trout said. “That’s the way we have to look at it. We’ve got to stay positive. It’s tough when you lose a guy like that, a part of the team. But we’ve got to get through it.”

The injuries in the bottom of the eighth occurred just moments after Buttrey had a rare bad outing, losing a game the Angels had tied on Tommy La Stella’s third hit, in the seventh.

Buttrey had not allowed a homer in the first 41 innings of his big league career, and this season he’d allowed just two runs in 23-2/3 innings, with 31 strikeouts.

After a single in the eighth, he threw a 2-and-0 fastball over the middle of the plate at Sano’s knees, and he blasted it just over the fence in right field.

“First home run sucks, but I’m sure I had to get it out of the way sometime,” Buttrey said. “Hopefully I don’t make a trend of that, which I won’t. That’s baseball.”

The loss also spoiled another encouraging performance from the Angels on a night when they started with Taylor Cole as the opener for Félix Peña.

Cole worked around two hits to pitch a scoreless inning, with the help of a slick double play started by second baseman La Stella. So far, the Angels’ openers have allowed one run in seven first innings.

Peña then took over and did exactly what the Angels had hoped.

He gave up a run in the second inning – one that scored because Byron Buxton beat the back end of a potential double play by inches – and then nothing else.

Peña did not allow the Twins to get another runner into scoring position through his five innings. So far in Peña’s five games following an opener he has a 2.73 ERA. He has pitched at least five innings in four of the games, and he pitched 4-1/3 innings in the other.

“I thought he did a really nice job,” Ausmus said. “I thought the pitching did a nice job. That’s a good offense over there and we held them to three runs.”

“X-Rays were negative, so that is a good sign”

Brad Ausmus with an update on Ohtani and Simmons who were both injured during the 8th inning pic.twitter.com/xW6LglScu5

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) May 21, 2019

“It’s tough to lose guys like that but we’ve got to stay up”

Mike Trout on watching Simmons and Ohtani go down in the same inning pic.twitter.com/r5wDjJn9Ho

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) May 21, 2019

This doesn’t look good. https://t.co/Scsz1I0hEL

— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) May 21, 2019

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Vela’s late goal helps LAFC to a tie with FC Dallas

FRISCO, Texas — Carlos Vela scored a late goal and Los Angeles FC rallied for a 1-1 tie with FC Dallas on Sunday night.

FC Dallas (5-5-3), which is winless in its last five games, played a man down after Matt Hedges was shown a red card for denial of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by Carlos Vela in the 49th minute.

Vela converted from the spot in the 80th, after having a penalty kick stopped by goalkeeper José Luis González in the 45th minute, to tie it at 1-all. Vela leads MLS with 14 goals this season.

Dominique Badji bent a low cross around defender Eddie Segura to a charging Ryan Hollingshead, who first-timed the finish from near the spot to make it 1-0 in the 29th minute.

LAFC (9-1-4), which beat FC Dallas 2-0 at home on Thursday, is unbeaten in its last six games.

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Photos: Orange County baseball, softball teams win CIF-SS championships

See what it looked like Saturday, May 18 as five high school teams from Orange County – three in baseball and two in softball – won CIF-SS championships.

  • Cypress celebrates their victory over Harvard-Westlake 2-0 during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Cypress softball team celebrates after defeating South Torrance in the CIF-SS Division 2 softball championship game Saturday May 18. 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Cypress catcher Luke Davis #6 tags out Harvard-Westlake’s Michael Snyder #6 at home plate during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Cypress defeated Harvard-Westlake 2-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Santa Margarita pitcher Spencer Edwards #11 reacts after the final out during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Santa Margarita pitcher Spencer Edwards #11 reacts after the final out during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Kennedy players celebrate their victory over Sonora High School during Division 4 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Godinez’s Samantha Villanueva reacts after scoring a run in the third inning against El Segundo in the CIF-SS Division 4 softball championship in Irvine on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress celebrates their victory over Harvard-Westlake 2-0 during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Godinez players celebrate with the CIF-SS Division 4 softball championship plaque in Irvine on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Godinez defeated El Segundo. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress’; Sammy-Jo Mata, right, lifts up Natalie Rodriguez, left, after she scored the winning run vs. South Torrance in the CIF-SS Division 2 softball championship game on Saturday May 18, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress’ Sammy Diaz leaps into the arms of Kaitlyn Govea, right, as they celebrate their win over South Torrance in the CIF-SS Division 2 softball championship game on Saturday May 18, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Margarita players celebrate their victory during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Cypress celebrates their victory over Harvard-Westlake 2-0 during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Santa Margarita players celebrate their victory during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Cypress celebrates their victory over Harvard-Westlake 2-0 during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Godinez softball team pose with their CIF-SS Division 4 championship plaque in Irvine on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress’ coaching staff (left to right), Terry Thompson, Donna McElrea and Kevin Dull, holds their championship trophy after defeating South Torrance 2-1 in the CIF-SS Division 2 softball championship game on Saturday May 18, 2019 at Barber park in Irvine. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kennedy’s Wyatt Johnson (6) and catcher Sebastian McSherry (44) celebrate their victory over Sonora High School during Division 4 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Cypress’ Sammy-Jo Mata throws out a bunt attempt late in the CIF-SS Division 2 softball championship game against South Torrance on Saturday May 18, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Godinez High School softball team celebrates winning the CIF-SS Division 4 softball championship over El Segundo in Irvine on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kennedy’s catcher Sebastian McSherry (44) and Kennedy’s second baseman Jaelyn Edds (22) celebrate during their game with Sonora High School during Division 4 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • The Cypress softball team poses with the CIF-SS Division 2 softball championship trophy after defeating South Torrance 2-1 on Saturday May 18, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress’ Natalie Rodriguez scores what turned out to be the winning run vs. South Torrance in the CIF-SS Division 2 softball championship game on Saturday May 18, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Cypress softball team celebrates after defeating South Torrance in the CIF-SS Division 2 softball championship game Saturday May 18. 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Norco’s Christopher Conniff #4 throws to first base during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Kennedy’s Albert Munoz (34) watches his RBI double against Sonora High School during Division 4 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Cypress’ Maddy Wilson delivers the ball during her team’s CIF SS Division 2 championship softball game in Irvine on Saturday May 18, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kennedy’s catcher Sebastian McSherry (44) and shortstop Chase Leonard (29) celebrate scoring against Sonora High School during Division 4 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • South Torrance’s Avery Weisbrook, left, looks back at the overthrown ball as Cypress’ Natalie Rodriguez, right, is safe at third and was able to score the winning run. Cypress defeated South Torrance, 2-1, in the CIF-SS Division 2 softball championship game on Saturday May 18, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Margarita players celebrate their victory during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Kennedy’s Wyatt Johnson (6) works against Sonora High School during Division 4 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Michael Snyder #6 tags out Cypress’ Mike Marsh #19 as he attempts to steal third base during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Cypress defeated Harvard-Westlake 2-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Cypress’ Isabella Pardo, right, is safe at third as South Torrance’s Avery Weisbrook, left, loses the ball in the CIF-SS Division 2 softball championship game which Cypress won 2-1 on Saturday May 18, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress’ Brett Wozniak #16 reacts after crossing home plate to score during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Cypress defeated Harvard-Westlake 2-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Godinez’s Samantha Villanueva, left, slides under the tag of El Segundo catcher Sophia Marrero to score a run in the third inning during the CIF-SS Division 4 softball championship in Irvine on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress’ Macey Keester pops up the ball during her team’s CIF-SS Division 2 softball championship game against South Torrance. Cypress won 2-1, on Saturday May 18, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Godinez starting pitcher Natalie Carlos, right, starts celebrating after the last out to win the CIF-SS Division 4 softball championship over El Segundo in Irvine on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • GodinezÕs Liana Gonzalez beats the throw to El Segundo catcher Sophia Marrero to score a run during the CIF-SS Division 4 softball championship in Irvine on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Rio Hondo Prep’s Alex Vazquez (3) tags out Costa Mesa’s Riley Mitchell (2) at first base during Division 6 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Norco’s Maxwell Davis #19 makes a diving tag for the out as Santa Margarita’s Trevor Clift #24 runs to first base during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Godinez catcher Iyari Ramirez, right, hugs Godinez starting pitcher Natalie Carlos after the Grizzlies won the CIF-SS Division 4 softball championship over El Segundo in Irvine on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kennedy’s Albert Munoz (34) reacts to his RBI double against Sonora High School during Division 4 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Cypress’ Isabella Pardo, right, is safe at third as South Torrance’s Avery Weisbrook, left, loses the ball in the CIF-SS Division 2 softball championship game which Cypress won 2-1 on Saturday May 18, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cypress softball team celebrates after defeating the team from South Torrance in the CIF SS Division 2 softball championship game at Bill Barber park in Irvine. Photographed on Saturday May 18, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Norco pitcher Michael Forbes #6 during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Tyler Cox #3 throws to first base during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Cypress defeated Harvard-Westlake 2-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Harvard-Westlake’s Drew Bowser #2 tags out Cypress’ Mike Marsh #19 at second base on the steal attempt during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Cypress defeated Harvard-Westlake 2-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Godinez starting pitcher Natalie Carlos, left, receives the game ball after pitching a complete game against El Segundo in the CIF-SS Division 4 softball championship in Irvine on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Godinez defeated El Segundo for the title. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Norco pitcher Michael Forbes #6 during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Harvard-Westlake pitcher Bryant Reese #5 during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Cypress defeated Harvard-Westlake 2-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Cypress catcher Luke Davis #6 tags out Harvard-Westlake’s Michael Snyder #6 at home plate during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Cypress defeated Harvard-Westlake 2-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Cypress pitcher Brett Wozniak #16 during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Cypress defeated Harvard-Westlake 2-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Cypress pitcher Cameron Repetti #18 during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Cypress defeated Harvard-Westlake 2-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The team from Cypress cannot contain their excitement as they score to tie up South Torrance 1-1 in the CIF-SS Division 2 softball championship game. Cypress went on to win the championship game 2-1 on Saturday May 18, 2019.

    (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Santa Margarita pitcher Spencer Edwards #11 during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Norco’s Justin Drury #24 walks off the field as Santa Margarita players celebrate their victory during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Rio Hondo Prep players celebrate their victory over Costa Mesa High School during Division 6 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Santa Margarita players celebrate their victory during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Santa Margarita defeated Norco 1-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Godinez starting pitcher Natalie Carlos delivers a pitch against El Segundo during the CIF-SS Division 4 softball championship in Irvine on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sonora’s shortstop Anthony Wyman (2) can’t get the tag down in time to get Kennedy’s catcher Sebastian McSherry (44) during Division 4 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Sonora’s Hector Garcia (44) works against Kennedy High School during Division 4 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Cypress’ Tatianna Roman, left, is hit with the ball as South Torrance’s Jaden Moore, right, attempts to turn a double play. It was ruled that the runner did not impede play and the runner on first was called safe in the CIF-SS Division 2 softball championship game on Saturday May 18, 2019. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kennedy’s second baseman Jaelyn Edds (22) and Tyler Beckler (16) celebrate scoring against Sonora High School during Division 4 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Rio Hondo Prep’s head coach J.T. Parker celebrate with Rio Hondo Prep’s Jack Vancleve (15) after their victory over Costa Mesa High School during Division 6 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Godinez Andrea Udriate connects against El Segundo during the CIF-SS Division 4 softball championship in Irvine on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Rio Hondo Prep’s Jake Lang (19) and Rio Hondo Prep’s Jack Vancleve (15) celebrate their victory over Costa Mesa High School during Division 6 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Rio Hondo Prep players celebrate their victory over Costa Mesa High School during Division 6 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Rio Hondo Prep players celebrate their victory over Costa Mesa High School during Division 6 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Rio Hondo Prep’s Jake Lang (C) (19) tags out Costa Mesa’s Omar Munoz (10) at home plate during Division 6 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Costa Mesa’s Omar Munoz (10) works against Rio Hondo Prep High School during Division 6 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Rio Hondo Prep’s Jack Vancleve (15) watches his RBI single against Costa Mesa High School during Division 6 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Harvard-Westlake pitcher Sam Hliboki #35 during their CIF championship game at Dodger Stadium Saturday, May 18, 2019. Cypress defeated Harvard-Westlake 2-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Rio Hondo Prep’s Evan Foor (20) works against Costa Mesa High School during Division 6 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

  • Rio Hondo Prep’s Evan Foor (20) reacts after his RBI double against Costa Mesa High School during Division 6 baseball championship game at Riverside Sports Complex In Riverside Saturday, May 18, 2019. Photo by FRANK BELLINO, Contributing Photographer.

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Newport Harbor boys volleyball beats Mira Costa to capture first SoCal Regional title

NEWPORT BEACH – It takes a special team to ascend to new heights when it is already one of the premier volleyball programs in the nation, and the Newport Harbor boys volleyball team proved to be the epitome of special.

The Sailors gave their longtime coach Rocky Ciarelli the proper sendoff by winning the school’s first CIF Southern California Regional Division I championship with a victory over Mira Costa 18-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-19 on Saturday night at Newport Harbor High.

Newport Harbor wins their first SoCal Regional championship!!! The Sailors beat Mira Costa, 18-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-19. @ocvarsity @breezepreps pic.twitter.com/BwlYBkO4n4

— David Delgado (@DavidDelgado_OC) May 19, 2019

Ciarelli, who announced his retirement at the beginning of the season, didn’t want the focus to be on him after the victory.

“First of all, I’d like to thank the crowd, and then these kids, they’re something special.” Ciarelli said. “You saw tonight how much they hustled, the desire they had, they just kept working, especially after losing that first game.”

Dayne Chalmers finished with 19 kills and Jack Higgs had 11 kills to pace the Sailors (39-1), who finished the season 11-0 at home.

The Mustangs (25-7), who lost to Newport Harbor in the CIF SS Division 1 final last week, fared much better in Saturday’s opening set.

“I thought Mira Costa played really well (in the first set),” Ciarelli said. “They didn’t miss many serves, they passed well, but as the game went on our game picked up and their game broke down a little bit too.”

Set 1

Mira Costa takes the first set over Newport Harbor, 25-18. Mustangs look much better today than they did last Saturday in Cerritos. @ocvarsity @breezepreps pic.twitter.com/JrXYRHsuFS

— David Delgado (@DavidDelgado_OC) May 19, 2019

Mira Costa coach Avery Drost knew his team would have to play a near-perfect game to beat the Sailors, but the Mustangs were unable to sustain that level of play for the duration of the match.

“They are excellent and they’re gonna make you pay for every mistake” Drost said of Newport Harbor. “I think our team is capable of putting together stretches that can hang with them, but to do that over the course of five sets, if that’s what it takes to beat these guys, is a really tall task.”

Set 2.

The Sailors play much better and take the second set from Mira Costa 25-17. @ocvarsity @breezepreps pic.twitter.com/F3nWOqXzUe

— David Delgado (@DavidDelgado_OC) May 19, 2019

Ben Coordt had a team-high 10 kills for Mira Costa, which also got contributions from Thomas Kretschmer and Sam Collins in the opening set.

It was all Newport Harbor after that.

The Sailors regained their rhythm in the second set and were especially tough up the middle as Caden Garrido and Alec Patterson controlled the net by constantly blocking the Mustangs swings.

Newport Harbor continued its march towards school history in the third and fourth sets by sticking to the fundamentals, clean passing by Joe Karlous and Ryan Schroeder and swift attacks from the outside courtesy Blake Ludes, Higgs and Chalmers.

“It takes a toll on a team,” Ciarelli said about the Sailors’ game plan. “We’re going to play at a certain level, and maybe you can play at that level for a while, but let’s see if you can play at that level for four or five games.”

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Senior Living: Finding forgiveness can fuel a happier life

By David W. Hart, Ph.D., Contributing writer

Nearly all of us have experienced injustices.

These real or perceived slights might include lack of parental love, being treated unfairly in the workplace, or being disappointed by friends. Victims are frequently left with feelings of anger, sadness, despair, and maybe even the desire for revenge.

Negative feelings aren’t necessarily unhealthy.

Feelings are meant to motivate us to behave in certain ways to attain specific outcomes:

  • Anger may motivate us to take action and set boundaries.
  • Fear limits potentially unsafe behaviors.
  • Sadness may open the door to receiving help from and connection with others.
  • Disgust drives us to avoid unpleasantness.
  • And joy compels us to engage in pleasurable activities.

Negative emotions may have a genuinely positive purpose: to keep the organism safe, sane, and whole.


David W. Hart, Ph.D.

But chronic exposure to negative emotions related to interpersonal transgressions can have a deleterious effect on the mind, body, and spiritual self. Studies consistently demonstrate that the phenomenon of unforgiveness may result in holding grudges, feeling resentful, and ruminating on plans for revenge – all of which have been consistently related to poorer health.

How do we go about forgiving our own transgressions as we forgive those who transgress upon us?

Why discuss the value of forgiveness as we age?  Retrospection is the final developmental task of our lives and older adults have an innate desire to review their existence and find good. Forgiveness of self and others can transform personal grudges and resentment into neutral or even positive feelings.

Also, older adults are actually better at forgiveness, when compared to their generational cohorts.

Older adults attempt to maintain emotional well-being by keeping and cultivating close relationships. Forgiveness may be a useful strategy.

What tools can be employed to promote forgiveness?

  • Building empathy and compassion for your transgressors. Attempt to feel, to understand, and to relate to their experience.
  • Understand that the outcome of an individual’s behavior is often not connected to their intent.
  • Find the growth factor. How did the experience of pain evoke insight about yourself and life?
  • Gratitude works. Find what you’re grateful for in an effort to control your anger and desire for revenge.
  • Engage in life review that prioritizes the positive memories over negative ones.
  • Psychotherapy can also be useful in facilitating forgiveness.
  • Find a book that might inspire you. Google the topic for more options. I recommend the “Book of Forgiving” by Desmond Tutu.

If you need information on long term care planning for your loved one with memory impairment, please join us for a panel discussion at the Redondo Beach Main Library on Tuesday, May 21st from 530p-7p. To RSVP, call (310) 374-3426 ext. 256.

Please send ideas for columns to dhart@abc-seniors.com.

In the meantime, be well.

David Hart, Ph.D., is the director of clinical services at Always Best Care Senior Services in Torrance and is a faculty member in the Department of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton.  Hart, founding chair and member of the South Bay Dementia Education Consortium, specializes in working with older adults with dementia and their families. For more information, go to alwaysbestcaresouthbay.com or contact him at dhart@abc-seniors.com or at (310) 792-8666. 

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Cal State Fullerton baseball blanks Long Beach State in series opener

FULLERTON — For the first time in decades, the Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State baseball programs are meeting in a late-season series that has no postseason implications for either side.

That doesn’t mean the longtime Big West Conference rivals lack motivation when it comes to an opportunity to earn bragging rights over each other.

Pitchers Timothy Josten and Kyle Luckham combined on a shutout as the Titans defeated Long Beach 6-0 in their series opener on Thursday night at Goodwin Field.

The Titans, who swept the teams’ annual nonconference series at Blair Field earlier this season, are trying to complete a six-game season sweep for the first time since 2013.

Fullerton (23-25, 9-10 Big West) spent much of the night protecting a 1-0 lead before breaking the game open with a four-run seventh inning, highlighted by Kameron Guangorena’s two-run single.

Josten (3-4) had his best start of the season, as the left-hander held LBSU (11-39, 5-14) to four hits through seven innings while striking out two. Luckham allowed just three hits in the final two innings. It was the Titans’ third shutout of the season.

Zach Lew went 3 for 3 with two runs and an RBI to pace Fullerton, which will miss the NCAA postseason for the first time since 1991.

Senior Hank LoForte and Jacob Pavletich kicked off the final home series of their CSF careers with solid nights. LoForte went 3 for 4 with a walk, one run scored and an RBI. Pavletich went 2 for 3 with a double, a walk and a run scored.

Sophomore left-hander Adam Seminaris (3-9) allowing just one unearned run in six innings for LBSU, scattering four hits and two walks while striking out five.

Three LBSU players had multi-hit games: Chris Jimenez and Jacob Hughey both went 2 for 4, while Aidan Malm went 2 for 3 with a walk. Hughey and Malm each had a double.

Long Beach had at least one runner on base in seven of the nine innings and loaded the bases in the sixth with two hits and a walk, but Fullerton shortstop Brett Borgogno caught Chase Luttrell’s sinking line drive to end the threat. Long Beach managed a pair of singles and a walk in the ninth inning but stranded two runners in scoring position to end the game.

The series continues Friday at 8:15 p.m., with right-hander Nick Avila (0-4, 4.50) scheduled to start for LBSU. Fullerton has not named a started for Game 2. The series finale, which will be Senior Day for the Titans, is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Taco Bell gets into beds as well as breakfast with a pop-up Palm Springs hotel

Taco Bell is planning to open a pop-up hotel in Palm Springs this summer.

The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort will open Aug. 9, according to a news release from the Irvine-based fast food giant.

Where is it?

What are the room rates?

Will there be a Taco Bellhop?

We don’t know, but Taco Bell promises to tell us more when it starts taking reservations in June.

Wherever The Bell is, it will be serving Taco Bell food and cocktails or guests 18 and older, according to a news release.

And the property will be “infused with a Taco Bell twist” from its guest rooms to its gift shop and salon offering “Taco Bell-inspired nail art, fades and a braid bar.”

And there will be a pool. That’s fortunate for a couple of reasons.

The first is Taco Bell’s summer collection, recently added to its its online merchandise “Taco Shop.” It includes bikinis emblazoned with hot sauce packets, swim trunks and velour beach towels.

More importantly, Palm Springs visitors need a pool in August. Last year the average high temperature for the month was 109.3 degrees according the National Weather Service. There were zero cloudy days.

Taco Bell’s news release says that The Bell will be in Palm Springs, but some people use the city’s name to describe the entire Coachella Valley. The Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau includes nine cities, from Desert Hot Springs in the north to Coachella in the East. Hotel booking websites list more than 250 lodgings in the valley, from motels to high-end golf resorts.

The City of Palm Springs has the most rooms, with an inventory of more than 1,000. The most high profile hotels are along Highway 111 in neighborhoods with names like Midtown, Twin Palms and Araby Commons.

If The Bell is within city limits, it will double Taco Bell’s presence in Palm Springs. There is only one restaurant, northwest of Palm Springs International Airport.

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Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda dominates Padres with his arm and his bat

  • Dodger right fielder Cody Bellinger leaps to try to catch a deep fly ball hit for a double by the Padres’ Manny Machado during the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Padres’ Ty France #11 throws to first base but the Dodgers’ Corey Seager #5 beats the throw and is safe at first base in the bottom of the second inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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  • The Dodgers’ Justin Turner #10 is hit by a pitch during their game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 singles to right filed to score two runs in the bottom of the second inning the during their game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Padres’ Manny Machado #13 reacts after hitting a double in the top of the fourth inning during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the plate during Wednesday’s game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda tips his hat as he walks off the field to a standing ovation during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium. Maeda struck out 12 in 6-2/3 innings and drove in the only two runs of the game with a single. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Padres’ Ty France #11 slides in to second base as the Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez #14 throws to first base in the eighth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The Dodgers beat the padres 2-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodger closer Kenley Jansen #74 point to the sky after striking out the Padres’ Alex Dickerson #24 in the top of the ninth inning to end the game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The Dodgers beat the padres 2-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodger outfielders Chris Taylor #3, Alex Verdugo #27 and Cody Bellinger #35 celebrate their victory over the Padres at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The Dodgers beat the padres 2-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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LOS ANGELES — Being the best-hitting pitcher on the Dodgers isn’t often a high honor. Wednesday, Kenta Maeda had bragging rights over his teammates by virtue of his .188 batting average when the day began. That’s nothing to write home about, though many Japanese-language reporters were tasked with doing exactly that.

For a day, Maeda’s hitting stood out nearly as much as his pitching. His batting average is up to .263 now thanks to a pair of hits against the San Diego Padres. His two-run single in the second inning accounted for both runs in the Dodgers’ 2-0 win before an announced crowd of 41,671 at Dodger Stadium.

The right-hander (5-2) allowed three hits over 6⅔ shutout innings in his strongest start of the season. Including the six shutout innings he threw against the Nationals on Friday, Maeda (5-2) has lowered his earned-run average from 4.66 to 3.51 in the span of two starts.

“Even though I did say it was one of my best pitching performances last time,” Maeda said through an interpreter, “I’m pretty sure this one surpasses that.”

Dodger starting pitchers went 7-2 with a 1.49 earned-run average during the nine-game homestand.

The Dodgers (29-16) took both ends of the two-game series against the Padres (22-21). They hold a 4½-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks (24-20) with an off-day waiting Thursday. They begin a three-city, eight-game trip Friday in Cincinnati.

Maeda changed speeds effectively on a four-seam fastball in the 89-93 mph range. He peppered the Padres’ six right-handed hitters with fadeaway sliders. His changeup and curveball command were more than adequate; the last time Maeda didn’t walk a batter in a start was July 24, 2018 in Philadelphia.

All 12 of his third strikes were swings and misses, which Maeda believed to be a new career high – even including his eight professional seasons in Japan.

“It’s hard to imagine him being any better, really,” Manager Dave Roberts said of Maeda. “Especially when you saw a team less than 10 days ago. To go out there and play that cat-and-mouse game, execute the fastball like he did tonight, the slider down below, the split-change … it was really, really fun to watch.”

Maeda struck out six in a row between the second and the fourth innings, three shy of a franchise record. The streak ended when Manny Machado’s fly ball to right field twisted Cody Bellinger around and landed on the warning track for a double.

Roberts pulled Maeda after only 85 pitches, 21 short of his season high.

“Even though I believe it is a starter’s duty to start an inning and then end an inning, overall we were able to get the win tonight so I think it was the right move,” Maeda said.

“That seventh inning, I started to see the ball go a little bit wide,” Roberts said. “The slider wasn’t as sharp. He made a good pitch on (Hunter) Renfroe. Missed a couple times with the fastball in the zone and it just wasn’t quite getting there. So for me, I just felt that it was a great outing and I just felt that was the time.”

Scott Alexander recorded the final out of the seventh inning and induced a routine ground ball to first base by Ty France to begin the eighth. Alexander covered first base to receive a short toss from first baseman David Freese but dropped the ball before stepping on the bag. France was safe on the error.

Pedro Baez took over and finished the eighth inning unscathed. Kenley Jansen worked around a pair of hits in the ninth inning, striking out Renfroe and Alex Dickerson to end the game. It was Jansen’s 14th save of the season.

The Dodgers collected eight hits against Matt Strahm (1-3) and three San Diego relievers. Only Maeda’s shallow pop-up down the right-field line resulted in a run.

Corey Seager led off the second inning with a single and went to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Taylor. Alex Verdugo legged out an infield single, but he remained on first base after the Dodgers successfully challenged the initial “out” call at first base by umpire Tripp Gibson. Roberts has won eight challenges and lost four this season.

Verdugo stole second base uncontested and Russell Martin struck out. That put the bat in Maeda’s hands with runners at second and third and two outs. The pitcher poked a 1-and-2 slider into shallow right field, where three Padres converged but could not catch the baseball. Seager and Verdugo scored easily, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.

Maeda said he thought it would be caught.

Verdugo wasn’t sure.

“I knew he hit it in kind of like that triangle where the first (baseman), second (baseman) and right fielder get there at the same time,” he said. “Two outs, off the contact, I knew I was going to score if it did get down.”

Maeda also singled in the fourth inning and finished 2 for 3. His goal when he steps into the batter’s box?

“If there’s no runner on base, then I’m just going to go yard,” he said. “If there’s a runner on base or in scoring position, my main focus is on getting them back home.”

Justin Turner extended his streak of being hit by a pitch to four consecutive games, matching a franchise record set by Hughie Jennings on Sept. 20, 1900. Verdugo was also hit by a pitch – on his 23rd birthday, no less.

“I told (Turner) if I got hit like you I’d have to use a 30-ounce bat. I wouldn’t be able to feel my arms,” Verdugo said. “Then the very next at-bat I got smoked in my arm.”

We’ll take a dozen, please. pic.twitter.com/A0H77Bz3Ki

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 16, 2019

Dave Roberts on Kenta Maeda’s performance and why he took him out in the 7th inning. pic.twitter.com/WvYFvVrIFH

— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) May 16, 2019

Kenta Maeda is the first @Dodgers pitcher to strike out 12+, allow 0 R and drive in 2+ runs since Brad Penny in 2007. pic.twitter.com/TuPufGXZ1C

— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) May 16, 2019

‘I’ll never lose confidence on my number one pitch.’@kenleyjansen74 talks post-game with @alannarizzo about tonight’s save. pic.twitter.com/8uogmZ3d3f

— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) May 16, 2019

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Man shot in unincorporated area near Anaheim

A man suffered a gunshot wound to the head Tuesday night in an unincorporated area of Orange County near Anaheim.

Deputies responded to the scene of the shooting on Augusta Drive, just west of Dale Street, about 9:35 p.m. and located the victim, according to Lt. F. Thompson of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

He was taken to a hospital, but information on his condition was not immediately available.

The shooter remained at large, and a detailed description of the suspect was not immediately available.

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