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Baseball: Harvard-Westlake wins Mission League title

May 12, 2011 |  6:51 pm

Five years after leaving City Section power Woodland Hills El Camino Real to assume the tough task of trying to build a top baseball program at North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake, Matt LaCour has fulfilled part of his goal. The Wolverines won their first Mission League championship in school history on Thursday with an 8-0 victory over Encino Crespi.

Freshman Jack Flaherty had two hits and threw six shutout innings. Junior Ryan Vanderschans went four for four. Sophomore Arden Pabst had three RBIs. And that's what's so impressive about the Wolverines (21-7, 10-2). They won the Mission League title despite having a team full of young players.

Harvard-Westlake can thank Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, which knocked off West Hills Chaminade, 2-1, leaving the Eagles one game behind in second place. Senior Kevin Meyers threw a complete game and escaped with the tying run at third in the seventh. Chaminade pitchers allowed only one hit on the day. St. Francis defeated Loyola, 9-4.

-- Eric Sondheimer