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Baseball: San Pedro eliminates Chatsworth in semifinals

The streak is over. Chatsworth, which had won three consecutive City Section Division I baseball championships and hadn't lost a home playoff game since 2000, was beaten by visiting San Pedro, 8-5, Wednesday in a semifinal game.

Hitting home runs has been the key to San Pedro's success in the playoffs, and Dan Matienzo hit a three-run home run while finishing with five RBIs. Jonathon Mata pitched a complete game. Chatsworth hurt itself with several errors.

San Pedro will meet Woodland Hills El Camino Real in Saturday's 1 p.m. final at Dodger Stadium.

The Division II championship game at 10 a.m. will match Western League rivals Westchester and Venice. Westchester defeated Hamilton, 4-3.

Venice defeated Fairfax, 2-1. The winning run came home on a controversial call in the sixth inning. Fairfax threw out the runner at the plate, but the umpires ruled obstruction by the third baseman, allowing the run to score.

-- Eric Sondheimer

 
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K. C. -Bomber for life!

Class act is right. Ronnie Galosic's dad and all the San Pedro Little League kids deserve this. They took away their field but not their spirit. Thanks Ronnie for beating Chatsworth. I always knew things would work out for you guys. I guess what goes around comes around. Go San Pedro Bombers...........I mean Pirates!!!!

HSBaseballFan

I had the opportunity to witness San Pedro's three playoff wins and I think alot of credit should be given to the Pirates. They beat three quality teams from the valley and rightfully deserve the chance to beat a fourth to become City Champs. The coaching staff is a class act, the kids play hard, but it should be noted that those 3 teams they beat are loaded with underclassmen and will be looking to return the favor next year. Good luck on Saturday though.

Baseball fan

Just for the record - I saw the call at home - the runner should have been called safe to begin with, as he was way under the tag at home. The call could not have been that controversial as the Farifax coach had no argument with the final ruling. The call was made solely by the umpire without any coach protest. It goes down as a good win for Venice - not a controversial one - give credit where it's due.


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