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Baseball: City Section league races are about to be decided

The top league races in the City Section will be decided over the next two weeks, and the first showdown happens in the West Valley League, where Chatsworth (5-1) plays host to Woodland Hills El Camino Real (5-1) on Wednesday, then plays at El Camino Real on Friday.

El Camino Real, the defending City Division I champion, will have the reigning City player of the year, Jose Cardona, on the mound on Wednesday. Angel Rodriguez is his likely opponent.

In the Marine League, Wilmington Banning (6-0) plays San Pedro (5-1) on Tuesday at the Urban Youth Academy, then will play at San Pedro on Friday. A sweep would put Banning in good position to win league, though the Pilots still have to face Narbonne (4-2) in a two-game series next week.

In the Valley Mission League, San Fernando (8-0) and Granada Hills Kennedy (8-0) are headed to a regular-season ending two-game series next week on Wednesday and Friday to decide the league title. An expected matchup between All-City pitchers David Lira and Ryan Cruz is looming.

In the Western League, Palisades (8-1) is headed to the league title, having already beaten Westchester twice. In the East Valley League, Arleta (10-0) has wrapped up the league title.

In the Eastern League, Bell (7-1) and Garfield (5-1) play on Wednesday at Belvedere Park to decide first place.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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