April 16, 2024

Birmingham baseball coach Matt Mowry doesn’t care about West Valley League championships. His focus is on City titles, having won five. His teams have never won a league title. That may change this season after the Patriots improved to 2-0 in league play Friday with a 6-5 victory over El Camino Real. Earlier, the Patriots knocked off defending league champion Granada Hills.

Pitcher Mike Figueroa made a huge difference in both games. He threw 4 1/3 innings on Friday, allowing two earned runs.

Carlos Esparza had two hits and two RBIs before pitching a brief stint of relief in the fifth. Danny Martinez threw an inning of scoreless relief. Brandon McClure had two hits and two RBIs for El Camino Real.

Cleveland 4, Chatsworth 3: The Cavaliers survived a three-run Chatsworth rally in the bottom of the seventh. Quinton and Kaeden Riepl each had two hits for Cleveland.

Granada Hills 10, Taft 5: Alex Schmidt had three RBIs for the Highlanders.

Marina 2, Huntington Beach 0: Junior Nick Murrey had a no-hitter for 6 1/3 innings. He finished with six strikeouts and three walks.

Los Alamitos 5, Laguna Beach 2: Tristan Dalzell struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings for Los Alamitos.

Newport Harbor 5, Edison 4: Adam Martin had the walk-off hit for Newport Harbor in the eighth.

La Salle 3, Paraclete 0: Christopher Cardenas hit two home runs and Morgan Sullivan threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings for La Salle.

Arcadia 10, Hoover 0: Nando Palencia struck out 10 in four innings for Arcadia.

Foothill 6, El Dorado 2: Jack Mueller had a two-run home run and Ezekiel Vargas contributed two hits and two RBIs for Foothill.

Loyola 6, Gahr 4: Luca Marucci had four RBIs and James Dellamico and Augie Lopez each had three hits for the Cubs.

Rancho Cucamonga 6, Etiwanda 2: Jacob Peyton finished with three hits for Rancho Cucamonga.

Cypress 10, Tustin 4: Jake DeLaquil had three RBIs for Cypress.

Maranatha 8, Village Christian 1: Zach Strickland struck out six in five innings and AJ Beltre finished with three hits.

Northwood 3, Beckman 2: Paul Grossman struck out eight in five scoreless innings for Northwood.

Chaminade 5, Windward 1: The Eagles (9-3) received three hits from Vinny Van der Wel.

Hart 9, Crespi 2: Brayden Jefferis, Ryan De La Maza and Lincoln Daly each had two hits for Hart.

Ayala 8, Glendora 2: Matthew Yarc had a home run and single for Ayala.

Camarillo 4, Simi Valley 1: Trotter Enright hit two doubles and a single to lead Camarillo. Nick Tostado threw a complete game for the Scorpions.

Saugus 3, Valencia 2: The Centurions scored two runs in the bottom of the 10th. Dominick Zambrano finished with three hits for Saugus.

Softball

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 11, Chatsworth 1: Sophomore Aliyah Garcia went four for four and sophomore Nadia Ledon hit two home runs to lead the Knights.

Norco 13, Corona Centennial 2: Ariel Reyes, Kaley Cook and Maddy Aguilera each had two hits for 9-2 Norco.

Whittier Christian 11, Mary Star 2: UCLA commit Aleena Garcia hit three home runs and had six RBIs.

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