Baseball: Harvard-Westlake takes over first place in Mission League
Who would have predicted that by the seventh inning Tuesday, ace pitchers Lucas Giolito (Harvard-Westlake) and Mathew Troupe (Chaminade) would be gone from the Mission League first-place showdown.
Harvard-Westlake (16-6, 6-1) came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Chaminade, 5-4. Freshman Jack Flaherty tied the game with an RBI double in the fifth. The Wolverines scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth off Dalton Brown, collecting four hits. Then Connor Dillman pitched a scoreless seventh, striking out two for the save. Chaminade, ranked No. 1 in Southern Section Division 2, dropped to 14-5 and 7-2.
Jimmy Jauregue had three hits for Chaminade. Cole Rutherford hit a two-run home run off Giolito. Troupe walked five in five innings. Giolito struck out eight in six innings.
In the Trinity League, Anaheim Servite defeated Santa Margarita, 2-0.
In the Pacific League, Crescenta Valley defeated Glendale, 11-0. Troy Mulcahey struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings. Elliot Surrey had a home run, triple, single and four RBIs. Burbank defeated Pasadena Muir, 12-2.
In the St. Paul tournament, Simi Valley (15-6) defeated Wilmington Banning, 11-4. Cole Acheronti and Levi Shordon had three hits apiece. Encino Crespi defeated St. Paul, 10-3. Freshman Jacob Villela had two hits. Dan Swick hit a three-run home run in Loyola's 7-6 win over Long Beach Millikan.
Van Nuys Montclair Prep defeated Calvary Chapel, 16-1. Nick Suniga struck out eight in four innings. Josh Brodsky was three for three. Blake Steele hit a three-run home run. Max Fried added four RBIs.
Simi Valley Royal swept a doubleheader from Compton Centennial, 11-0 and 13-4. Nick Murphy threw the shutout. Agoura got a two-run home run from Alex Weiss to defeat Ventura, 9-7.
Brooks Kriske threw a complete game in Palm Desert's 3-0 win over Cathedral City. he struck out five, walked none and lowered his ERA to 0.84. Ryan Garvey hit a two-run home run, his seventh of the season.
-- Eric Sondheimer