North capitalizes on South miscues to win Cal League All-Star Game

  • South pitcher Ryan Rolison (Lancaster Jethawks) throws to the plate during the 2019 California League All-Star Game on Tuesday night at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • South third baseman Devin Mann (Rancho Cucamonga Quakes) throws out a runner during the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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  • The North’s Mark Karaviotis (Visalia Rawhide) crosses the plate in the second inning upon scoring on a triple by Jameson Hannah to give the North a 3-0 lead over the South during the 2019 Cal League All-Star Game on Tuesday night at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • North players head to the bench in between innings of the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • South pitcher Ryan Rolison (Lancaster Jethawks) brings a pitch to the plate during the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The North’s Mark Karaviotis (Visalia Rawhide) heads towards the plate in the second inning to score on Jameson Hannah’s triple to give the North a 3-0 lead over the South during the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • South pitcher Kyle Bradish (Inland Empire 66ers) brings a pitch to the plate during the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • South pitcher Kyle Bradish (Inland Empire 66ers) brings a pitch to the plate during the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • A young baseball fan gets a better view of the the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The South’s Devin Mann (Rancho Cucamonga Quakes) takes his at bat during the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The South’s Jeter Downs (Rancho Cucamonga Quakes) awaits a pitch during an at-bat in the 2019 California League All-Star Game on Tuesday night at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The South’s Casey Golden (Lancaster Jethawks) and Charly Quezada, 12 from Newmark Little League in San Bernardino, celebrate together after winning the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The South’s Casey Golden (center, with the Lancaster Jethawks) looks on as Charly Quezada, right, 12 from Newmark Little League in San Bernardino, is congratulated by South coach Michael Wertz (right) after he and Golden won the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Baseball fans scramble for baseballs during the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The South’s Connor Wong (Rancho Cucamonga Quakes) walks to the plate for his turn during the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Little Leaguers chase down balls in the outfield during the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The South’s Austin Warren (Inland Empire 66ers) signs an autograph for a fan prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • South All-Star Ryan Rolison (Lancaster Jethawks) gives Nolan Lea, 8 from Hesperia, an autograph prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Former Oakland Athletics and Upland High School baseball player Rollie Fingers (right), former California League President Joe Gagliardi (left) and Joe Heslet, accepting for his late father Harry “Bud” Heslet were all inducted into the California League Hall of Fame prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Former Oakland Athletics and Upland High School baseball player Rollie Fingers was inducted into the California League Hall of Fame prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The South’s Casey Golden (Lancaster Jethawks) and Charly Quezada, 12 from Newmark Little League in San Bernardino, celebrate together after winning the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The South’s Casey Golden (center, with the Lancaster Jethawks) is congratulated by teammates after winning the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The South’s Casey Golden (center, with the Lancaster Jethawks) is congratulated by teammates after winning the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The South’s Connor Wong (Rancho Cucamonga Quakes) takes his turn during the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • North players react to a home run during the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The North’s Cal Raleigh (41, from the Modesto Nuts) is congratulated by teammates after his turn during the opening round of the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The North’s Cal Raleigh (41, from the Modesto Nuts) is congratulated by teammates after his turn during the opening round of the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The North’s Cal Raleigh (Modesto Nuts) hits a home run during the opening round of the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Bernie entertains fans during the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • California League All-Stars lineup during pregame introductions at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • California League All-Stars lineup during pregame introductions at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • California League All-Stars lineup during pregame introductions at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Baseball fans scramble for baseballs during the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Fans scramble for a home run ball during the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The South’s Austin Warren (Inland Empire 66ers) signs an autograph for a fan prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • The South’s Casey Golden (center, with the Lancaster Jethawks) looks on as Charly Quezada, right, 12 from Newmark Little League in San Bernardino, is congratulated by South coach Michael Wertz (right) after he and Golden won the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Former Oakland Athletics and Upland High School baseball player Rollie Fingers throws out the first pitch prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. Fingers was also inducted into the California League Hall of Fame prior to the game. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Baseball fans get autographs from players prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Baseball fans get autographs from players prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Charly Quezada, 12 from Newmark Little League in San Bernardino, celebrates with friends and family after winning the Home Run Derby prior to the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • A pair of fans play an on-field game between innings during the California League All-Star Game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Tuesday evening June 18, 2019. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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SAN BERNARDINO — For the first time in 15 years, California League all-stars descended upon San Bernardino.

Unfortunately for local fans, the South Division All-Stars had as much success on Tuesday as San Manuel Stadium’s regular tenant, the struggling Inland Empire 66ers. The Sixers finished in last place in the South Division in the first-half standings.

The South committed three errors, leading to five unearned runs as the North won the Class-A showdown 7-1 before 4,846 fans.

“It was great coming in here with guys we had played against and meet them and see how they go about their business,” said 66ers manager Ryan Barba, who led the South team.

Barba admitted there was some stress, but not about winning the game.

“You want guys to come in, have a good experience and stay healthy,” he said.

The Sixers had four pitchers appear in the game, each going one inning: Kyle Bradish, Oliver Ortega, Jorge Tavarez and Austin Warren and only Ortega escaped unscathed. The other three combined to allow six runs, only one of which was earned.

“The inning didn’t go exactly as I would’ve liked,” said Bradish, who allowed three unearned runs in the second inning and took the loss. “But this is all about the experience. This was great to be a part of this.”

Lake Elsinore Storm second baseman Esteury Ruiz accounted for the South’s only run with a sixth-inning home run.

His Lake Elsinore teammate, shortstop Gabriel Arias, didn’t start, but he singled and was hit by a pitch in his two plate appearances. He was the only South player to reach base safely twice.

“It felt like a regular game,” Arias said. “On my first at-bat (the single),  I had a good two-strike approach.”

Another highlight was Rancho Cucamonga Quakes left-hander Logan Salow pitching the sixth inning and striking out Heliot Ramos, Camden Duzenack and Lazaro Armenteros in order, throwing 11 of his 16 pitches for strikes.

Salow, who has five saves for the South Division first-half champion Quakes, was originally slated to pitch the fourth inning, but he asked to come in later.

“I wanted to come in when my catcher (Connor Wong) was coming in and that was comforting,” said Salow, who also warmed up with Wong. “It was definitely a rush. I wanted to come in and represent the Dodger organization well and play hard.”

His Quakes teammate, Wills Montgomerie, started and retired the North in order in the first inning. The North was retired in order three times: by Montgomerie, Salow and Ortega.

Quakes right-hander Max Gamboa gave up a run in the sixth inning.

It was also a tough game for Quakes third baseman Devin Mann, who was 0 for 4 at the plate and committed two errors that led to five unearned runs.

The game’s MVP honor went to right fielder Mark Karaviotis of North Division first-half champion Visalia. Karaviotis was 3 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs.

Lake Elsinore left-hander Mackenzie Gore, ranked as the San Diego Padres’ No. 2 prospect by Baseball America entering the season, was selected for the game but did not pitch.

Pre-game festivities included a home run derby, in which a Cal Leaguer teamed with a local Little Leaguer. The tandem of Lancaster’s Casey Golden and Newmark Little League’s Charly Quezada were the winners.

There was also the Cal League Hall of Fame induction, where inductees included Upland HIgh and Chaffey College product Rollie Fingers, Adrian Beltre (who played for the San Bernardino Stampede in 1996), former league president Joe Gagliardi and the late Harry “Bud” Heslet, who set league records with Visalia in 1956.

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Whicker: Seasons change, but Dodger power prevails

LOS ANGELES — If you tuned out the Dodgers when the NBA and the NHL playoffs began, you didn’t miss much.

There were no plot twists, no changes in identity. They were hitting home runs then and they are hitting them now.

The Cubs’ Jon Lester had given up six long balls in 65-2/3 innings and pranced his way through the Dodgers lineup like a drum major.

Then Cody Bellinger unloaded to left-center field. Then Max Muncy followed with a first-pitch center field homer. Then David Freese, in the fifth inning, hit another 0-and-0 pitch into the right field seats.

Suddenly Clayton Kershaw’s difficulties were no longer the conversation piece. The Dodgers’ losses in three of their past four games faded as well. They won 7-3 with Bellinger adding a line shot down the right-field line off lefty reliever Tim Collins.

Joe Kelly’s bobbleheads stayed in their case, primarily because Kelly wasn’t asked to pitch. Julio Urias took over after Kershaw survived his six innings and pitched three innings with just one hit.

That has been the Dodger way, a string of self-explanatory victories that are created by the most obvious play in the sport. This one, however, was more significant because it came against a strong team and a strong pitcher. Who knows how Lester would have fared if he hadn’t absorbed a comebacker from Freese that turned into a base hit? The next batted ball was Bellinger’s first home run.

“We couldn’t see his cutter very well,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “but then he made a few mistakes, and we worked some counts.”

Muncy has four home runs in four games and Freese has gone deep in back-to-back games. Freese, in fact, has eight homers in 104 at-bats. Bellinger had not cleared a wall since May 28 but now has 22.

Alex Verdugo didn’t get to trot, but he did have a single and a double and has lifted his batting average to .303. The rookie endured an 0-for-18 stretch before he had three hits in Anaheim two nights ago.

Nobody worries about Bellinger when he has a fallow week or so. The eyes are focused a little tighter on Verdugo.

“Up here, it’s a little harder because when you go into a little slump, it goes everywhere,” he said, smiling. “Everybody’s getting on you.”

Verdugo said he had to take comfort with some hard outs, especially in Arizona, “where the shift got me a couple of times.” He said he classifies a slump as more of an uncomfortable feel, not something the numbers indicate.

“For me, I just need to stick with my approach, to see the fastball get deep and then shoot it to left field,” he said. “I feel good after that, whether the pitcher throws off-speed stuff or breaking balls. I’m just reacting after that. When I get in trouble is when I start bailing out and opening up too early. Then I can’t recognize the breaking balls and I lose sight of the strike zone. I felt like I was doing that a lot recently, so I needed to be more quiet at the plate and let the ball come to me.”

“I had some good at-bats, but then I gave away some at-bats, too. But in Anaheim, I got a base hit on a grounder to first and beat out the play. That got the weight off my shoulders, and then I ended up walking and I felt really good. From then on, things have been better.”

With all the flying baseballs, the Dodgers still do not lead the National League in that department. In fact, they tied the Cubs for second place at 108, 13 behind the Brewers.

“With this team, it seems like home runs are contagious,” Verdugo said. “One person gets one, it seems like there’s always going to be one or two more.”

At night’s end, a Stanley Cup rested in St. Louis for the first time, and an NBA championship had crossed the border for the first time. But the Dodgers can be trusted. You can come back after two months and it’s like you never left.

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Rachel Garcia, Holly Azevedo combine for UCLA softball no-hitter in NCAA Tournament

  • UCLA’s Rachel Garcia hits a sacrifice fly during the second inning of the Bruins’ NCAA Regional opener against Weber State on Friday night at Easton Stadium. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • UCLA’s Brianna Perez, right, steals second base during their NCAA Regional opener against Weber State on Friday night at Easton Stadium. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

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  • UCLA players celebrate after finishing an inning during their NCAA Regional opener against Weber State on Friday night at Easton Stadium. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

  • UCLA starting pitcher Rachel Garcia delivers a pitch during their NCAA Regional opener against Weber State on Friday night at Easton Stadium. Garcia struck out 13 in six innings, combining on a no-hitter in the 6-0 win. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

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LOS ANGELES — Nothing could stop Rachel Garcia on Friday night except her own coach.

The star junior pitcher took a perfect game into the final frame against Weber State in the first round of the NCAA Los Angeles Regional at Easton Stadium, but when the Bruins exploded for a four-run sixth inning, head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez didn’t hesitate to pull Garcia from the circle.

With a 6-0 win in hand to start UCLA’s postseason run, the ace didn’t complain.

“She told me it’s not about her personal accolades, it’s about winning,” Inouye-Perez said. “She wants to win a natty.”

Garcia dominated with 13 strikeouts as she and sophomore Holly Azevedo combined for the 112th no-hitter in program history and third this season. The second-seeded Bruins (47-5) face Missouri in the winner’s bracket Saturday at 3 p.m. while Big Sky champion Weber State will play Cal State Fullerton, which lost 7-4 to the Tigers on Friday, in Saturday’s elimination game at 5:30 p.m.

Although Garcia was approaching rarefied air – she was on track for UCLA’s first seven-inning perfect game by a single pitcher since Heather Compton in 1991 – Inouye-Perez said the plan was always to pull Garcia as soon as the offense got the necessary insurance runs.

UCLA put up two runs in the first inning but was held scoreless until it strung together six consecutive hits in the sixth, which led to four runs and Garcia’s departure after just 70 pitches. Azevedo had two strikeouts in the seventh, and an error from shortstop Briana Perez in the seventh was the only blemish on the would-be perfect game.

With the Bruins chasing their first NCAA title since 2010, they must “save bullets” for their talented trio of pitchers, Inouye-Perez said. Garcia is still expected to start Saturday, the coach revealed after Friday’s game, with UCLA holing Azevedo and freshman Megan Faraimo in the bullpen. Faraimo owns the other two UCLA no-hitters this season, tossing both during nonconference play.

“We’re in a position to make sure that our staff can win this weekend,” Inouye-Perez said.

Perez and second baseman Kinsley Washington led the offensive effort, each going 3 for 3 at the plate with one RBI. They gave UCLA consistent bats at the top of the lineup and the bottom as Perez hit second and Washington hit eighth.

“The top is expected to do that, there’s a reason we put them at the top of the lineup, but when the bottom does what they do, that creates what you see,” Inouye-Perez said. “The speed, you see them passing the bat, that’s when we’re at our best.”

Rachel Garcia has been lights out in the ⭕ through 4 innings. 🔥#NCAASoftball | @UCLASoftball pic.twitter.com/Zh5NT5Qjd7

— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 18, 2019

Kinsley Washington clobbers the ball to the center field wall for RBI triple!#NCAASoftball | @UCLASoftball pic.twitter.com/pPA3cFGsuc

— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 18, 2019

The hits keep coming for @UCLASoftball! Bubba Nickles extends the lead to 5-0 with a RBI double to the right-center gap.#NCAASoftball pic.twitter.com/sKCEXUTDDT

— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 18, 2019

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Baseball and boys tennis playoffs schedule Friday, May 10

The Orange County high school sports playoff schedule for Friday, May 10:

BASEBALL

CIF-SS Playoffs

Quarterfinals

Games 3:15 p.m. unless noted

DIVISION 1

Orange Lutheran at Harvard-Westlake

Huntington Beach at Aliso Niguel

Yucaipa at Cypress

DIVISION 2

El Segundo at Santa Margarita

Norco at Villa Park

DIVISION 3

Serra at Yorba Linda

Ocean View at La Canada

DIVISION 4

Irvine at Sonora

Loara at Kennedy

DIVISION 5

Pasadena Poly at Estancia

Century at Xavier Prep

DIVISION 6

Vista del Lago at Costa Mesa

 

BOYS TENNIS

CIF-SS Playoffs

Championships

At the Claremont Club, Claremont

Open Division: University vs. Harvard-Westlake, 10:45 a.m.

Division 1: Beckman vs. Sage Hill, 10:30 a.m.

Division 3: San Juan Hills vs. Mater Dei, 1 p.m.

 

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Century baseball scores in bunches against St. Margaret’s, moves on to quarterfinals

SANTA ANA – Century’s baseball team stayed hot at the plate, scoring double-digits runs for the fourth consecutive game as the Centurions rolled to an 11-3 victory over St. Margaret’s in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 5 playoffs.

The 11 runs matched what Century scored against Arrowhead Christian in the first round of the playoffs.

The Centurions (23-6) also got a great performance from their ace Adam Santana, who pitched all seven innings and struck out nine batters.

“That kid can pitch,” Century coach Theo Cortes exclaimed about Santana. “He mixes pitches really well and he can control three different pitches. He’s a competitor on the mound.”

Century ace Adam Santana talks about his performance in the Centurions 11-3 win over St. Margaret’s. @ocvarsity @SantaAnaUSD pic.twitter.com/h9qyMo0uas

— David Delgado (@DavidDelgado_OC) May 8, 2019

Century will play at Xavier Prep in the Division 5 quarterfinals on Friday, May 10.

After allowing a lead-off double to Alex Smith in the first inning, Santana struck out the side on stop the scoring threat by the Tartans (14-6).

St. Margaret’s starter Rob Gonzalez also struck out the side in the first inning, but things fell apart for him in the second as the Centurions took a 4-0 lead with timely hits by Anthony Olivares and Eddie Esquivel and alert baserunning.

St. Margaret’s coach Scott Wallis said Century is the best team his players faced all year.

“With all due respect to Capo Valley Christian, (Century) really took it to us. We haven’t lost a game in almost two months, but they were just better today.” Wallis said of the Centurions.

After falling behind 6-0, the Tartans were able to cut their deficit to 6-3 in the sixth inning.

Will Riddle and Trey Pate each collected infield singles to start the inning, and Collin Miehe and Gonzalez each had an RBI in the inning.

Century responded with five runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning to put the game away for good.

Henry Rojas and Damien Chavez each had two-RBI singles in the sixth.

“We took a lot of really good at-bats,” Cortes said. “When you do that, eventually you’re gonna put a lot of runners (on) and eventually one ball is gonna drop and you’re gonna get some runs on those hits.”

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Dana Hills softball sweeps Aliso Niguel to clinch at least a share of South Coast title

LAGUNA NIGUEL – Dana Hills’ softball team continued its determined play Friday night and completed one of the most impressive sweeps of the season to clinch at least a share of the South Coast League title.

Senior Terra Goetz allowed just one run and the No. 19 Dolphins supported her with 11 hits, alert base running and strong defense to complete a sweep of No. 9 Aliso Niguel with a 6-1 triumph at Niguel Hills Middle School.

Dana Hills (16-4-1, 6-1) also defeated the defending league champion Wolverines 4-2 on Tuesday. The Dolphins were even more impressive under the lights Friday, part of a fundraiser for Laguna Niguel Girls Softball.

They claimed their first league title since 2017 in the Sea View and first South Coast crown since 2004.

“I’m so proud of our team,” said Goetz, one of only two senior starters for Dana Hills. “Honestly, we were not sure how this year was going to go, losing 10 seniors, seven who started. … The freshmen and everyone stepped up.”

Dana Hills, slotted for Division 2 in the CIF-SS playoffs, scored three times in the fourth and three in the sixth against the BYU-bound Carley Brown of Division 1 Aliso Niguel (15-8, 4-2).

The Dolphins took advantage of error by Aliso Niguel in the fourth with timely hitting and aggressive base running.

With pinch-runner Jasmine Gallegos on first with one out, Dana Hills coach Brandon Cosenza set up the inning by calling for a hit-and-run with Sam Montero at the plate. The senior delivered a single and the Dolphins moved runners to second and third. Junior second baseman Lola Holtby followed with a go-ahead, two-run single to center to give Dana Hills a 2-1 lead.

After a single by junior Margo Hopper, Holtby tagged and scored from third base on a fly ball down the right field line for a 3-1 lead.

“Scrappy,” Holtby said of her team’s play. “We get on base, we score runs and we back up (Goetz) on defense.”

In the fifth, Dana Hills freshman center fielder Kaci Palmer showed her defensive skills by hauling a deep drive to center with two runners aboard to end a scoring threat.

Dana Hills scored three runs with two outs in the sixth. Leadoff batter Jackie Stilwell drove in one run with a bloop single and Palmer plated two more with a sharp single to center.

In the seventh, Holtby started a double play by snagging a liner. Dana Hills committed only one error.

“They’re a good team,” Goetz said of Aliso Niguel. “We just wanted it more than they did.”

Brown, a senior, finished with six strikeouts and no walks, but Holtby, Palmer, Montero, Stilwell and Hopper each had two hits apiece.

Goetz scattered nine hits and struck out two. Brown went 3 for 4 to pace the Wolverines’ offense.

Aliso Niguel took a 1-0 lead in the second as Amanda Johnston tripled with two outs and scored on a single by No. 9 batter Calista Zervakos.

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Diego Polenta’s late goal helps Galaxy edge Houston

  • Galaxy midfielder Ema Boateng (24) bings the ball towards the goal against the Houston Dynamo during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on Friday April 19, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Galaxy midfielder Uriel Antuna (18) attempts a goal shot against Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis (23) during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on Friday April 19, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) attempts a goal shot against the Houston Dynamo during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on Friday April 19, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Galaxy defender Diego Polenta (3) kicks the ball towards a teammate against the Houston Dynamo during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on Friday April 19, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Galaxy midfielder Joe Corona (14) is swept by Houston Dynamo defender A. J. DeLaGarza (20) during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on Friday April 19, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Galaxy midfielder Joe Corona (14) kicks the ball down the pitch during the first half of a Major League Soccer match against the Houston Dynamo at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on Friday April 19, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • Galaxy midfielder Jonathan dos Santos (8) maneuvers the ball against the Houston Dynamo during the first half of a Major League Soccer match at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on Friday April 19, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

  • CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy. Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night. Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the […]

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CARSON — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the winning goal has become an expected occurrence for the Galaxy.

Diego Polenta scoring the winner? Not as expected, but that’s what happened Friday night.

Polenta, a defender who joined the Galaxy this season, knocked home a header off of a corner kick in the 88th minute to lift the Galaxy (6-1-0, 18 points) to a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo, in front of 21,503 at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Houston had scored the equalizer in the 53rd minute as Alberth Ellis earned a penalty kick after being fouled by Galaxy defender Jorgen Skjelvik. Ellis converted the kick, sneaking it by a diving David Bingham.

The game opened up for both teams afterward. As the Galaxy did in the first half, Houston was able to build in possession, putting the Galaxy defense under pressure.

In the 85th minute, Houston nearly snatched the winner as Mauro Manotas got behind the Galaxy defense after a perfectly placed chip pass from Ellis. However, Manotas’ shot was saved by Bingham.

The Galaxy continued pressing, and as Ibrahimovic became more and more frustrated with each failed attempt, Polenta’s header eased all emotions, sending the Galaxy to a fifth consecutive win. This is the longest Galaxy winning streak since 2014.

“Last year we were losing a lot of games in a row,” Ibrahimovic said. “That I was not used to so, now we’re winning and we should not relax, we should keep going and focus on ourselves because the only threat is ourselves.

“If we start to underestimate the team we play against, we will get punished. We need to respect them but still focus on ourselves because if we play like we can, we are a threat for any team in this league.”

Polenta signed with the Galaxy after taking a six-month hiatus with Nacional in Uruguay. He scored seven goals with Nacional (2015-18) and five with Bari (2011-14).

“He’s growing,” Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said of Polenta. “Game-by-game he’s getting better. He’s a winner.”

The Galaxy opened the scoring in the 31st minute as Ibrahimovic converted a penalty kick after being tackled in the penalty area by Houston’s A.J. De La Garza.

Ibrahimovic has scored seven goals this season, with four coming on penalty kicks.

This was the fourth consecutive game in which Ibrahimovic has scored at least one goal.

The Galaxy suffered an injury scare in the first half as midfielder Romain Alessandrini was subbed off after a left leg injury. Alessandrini walked directly to the locker room after the sub was made. He was replaced by Emmanuel Boateng.

Julian Araujo, 17, made his first career start for the first team, replacing the injured Rolf Feltscher at right back. Araujo went the full 90 minutes.

Araujo, who had just two substitute appearances for the Galaxy this season, said earlier in the week that if Feltscher was out, he was going to be ready for the potential starting assignment.

Newly acquired Giancarlo Gonzalez was on the game day roster. Gonzalez, 31, was acquired earlier this month and was officially cleared Friday after Visa and International Transfer Certificate arrived. He made his debut in the 90th minute as a sub.

This was the first meeting between the teams since Houston defeated the Galaxy 3-2 in the final game of the 2018 regular season, a loss that eliminated the Galaxy from playoff contention.

“I’m happy because after Houston tied the game, we fight to win the game,” Schelotto said. “We deserved to win. Everything we did on the field was to win, not tie. I’m very happy that we fight and we won.”

The schedule gets crowded for the Galaxy next week with a trip to face Minnesota United FC (Wednesday) and back home on Sunday to take on Real Salt Lake.

PATRON.@diegopolenta92‘s first @MLS goal is a timely one! pic.twitter.com/8X34sEbvVW

— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) April 20, 2019

💪@BinghamDb comes up strong late #LAvHOU pic.twitter.com/eq7QGjicQj

— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) April 20, 2019

You can’t stop @Ibra_official. You can’t hope to contain him either. pic.twitter.com/tUsAaR5HOK

— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) April 20, 2019

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Arson suspected in Santa Ana mobile home fire

SANTA ANA — A suspected arson fire damaged a Santa Ana mobile home Thursday, April 18, but no injuries were reported.

The fire broke out about 8:45 a.m. in the 4800 block of West First Street in a mobile home park, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

The home’s residents managed to get out safely, but the residence was deemed uninhabitable, Bertagna said.

Surveillance video indicated the fire was intentionally started by a man, Bertagna said, but there was no immediate word on the suspect’s identity or a possible motive.

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Sunny Hills baseball wins Anaheim Lions Tournament on rough night for Troy’s pitchers

ANAHEIM – The championship game of the Lions Tournament between Troy and Sunny Hills on Wednesday night at Glover Stadium might be remembered for the fact that two Freeway League teams – out of 88 in the tournament – matched up in the finals.

The game might also be remembered for the Lancers taking full advantage of the Warriors’ struggles on the mound.

Sunny Hills capitalized on 10 walks and got clutch hits in between on their way to a 7-3 victory.

Troy walked in two runs with the bases loaded and gave up two more runs with a wild pitch and a passed ball.

Congrats to Lancer Baseball! Anaheim Lions Tournament Champs with a 7-3 win over Troy! pic.twitter.com/2cKSDHIj43

— Sunny Hills Football (@sh_lancerfball) March 28, 2019

Just as much of a factor was the brilliant pitching of the Lancers’ Joey Lineham, who got the victory in relief, retiring all seven batters he faced.

Troy was winning 3-1 when Lineham came in to get the final out in the fourth and remained perfect through the sixth.

Louie Garza then came in and pitched a perfect seventh to close out the game for the Lancers (12-7, 3-2).

“Our pitchers did a great job of just pounding strikes,” Sunny Hills coach Arlie Kearney said. “Joey Lineham did great.”

In the fifth, Connor Ableen delivered a key RBI single which gave the Lancers the lead and highlighted a four-run inning.

The Lancers added two more in the sixth on a pinch hit RBI triple from Billy Bowman, who later scored on wild pitch.

Troy (11-7, 3-3) went through four pitchers in the game.

“We flat out didn’t pitch,” Troy coach Houston Hernandez said. “We didn’t throw strikes. There are no two ways around that.”

The Warriors and Lancers will play again in official league games on April 16 and 18, a time in the season when playoff berths could be on the line.

The Warriors will take on Fullerton, another Freeway League team, at Angel Stadium on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The contest is a nonleague game, with no impact on league records.

Hernandez said he will likely use at least three pitchers Thursday in order to preserve his pitchers upcoming league games.

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