Baseball: Sophomore hits two home runs in Valencia win
Valencia lost the Lopes brothers, Christian and Tim, who transferred to Huntington Beach Edison, but sophomore Trey Williams is still around and causing havoc.
On Friday, Williams hit two home runs to help Valencia (6-2, 3-0) defeat Valencia West Ranch, 8-4, in a battle for first place in the Foothill League. Williams hit a grand slam and finished with six RBIs. Sophomore Josh Heinz had two hits for West Ranch (6-2, 2-1).
Luke Persico drove in all three runs in Newhall Hart's 3-1 eight-inning victory over Canyon Country Canyon.
In the Mission League, Ryan Brockett threw a three-hitter as Encino Crespi (10-2, 3-1) defeated St. Francis, 1-0. Alex Gonzalez drove in the only run in the second inning. Ethan Bramschreiber was the tough-luck losing pitcher. Alemany defeated Loyola, 12-6. Mark Strazzeri had three hits and six RBIs and Ryan Paramo added three hits for the Warriors (8-3, 3-1).
In the Pacific League, Stanford-bound Lonnie Kauppila hit three home runs and finished with six RBIs in Burbank's 15-1 win over Hoover.
In the Marmonte League, Thousand Oaks defeated Westlake, 2-1. Cody Thompson pitched the complete game, allowing six hits. Simi Valley Royal improved to 10-0 overall and 4-0 in league after an 8-2 win over Calabasas. The Highlanders hit four home runs. Moorpark defeated Simi Valley, 1-0.
Jose Cardona threw a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts as El Camino Real (4-5) defeated Sylmar, 2-0. Granada Hills defeated Kennedy, 11-1. Bryce Kelly hit two home runs and threw five innings, striking out five.
Trouble is brewing for Edison (6-4, 2-1), which lost to Esperanza, 12-2, in a Sunset League game. The Chargers are struggling when Henry Owens isn't pitching.
In the Trinity League, Santa Ana Mater Dei stayed unbeaten with a 14-1 win over Anaheim Servite.
L.A. Cathedral (6-2, 3-0) defeated Bosco Tech, 9-2, in the Del Rey. Jaime Figueroa had three hits and Sergio Luna improved to 4-1.
In the Channel League, Buena defeated Dos Pueblos, 4-3. Santa Barbara defeated Ventura, 7-3.
-- Eric Sondheimer