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Baseball: It's time for San Fernando-Kennedy showdown

May 8, 2011 |  8:12 am

San Fernando (23-5, 10-0) and Granada Hills Kennedy (22-7, 10-0) have waited all season to finally play each other, and it will happen on Wednesday at San Fernando and Friday at Kennedy to decide the Valley Mission League championship.

Both schools have two quality pitchers each, which makes them City Section Division I title contenders. If one team is able to sweep the other, it will certainly help their playoff seeding.

San Fernando has Jose Reyes and All-City pitcher David Lira ready to go. Kennedy will counter with Alberto Flores and All-City pitcher Ryan Cruz.

Each school has done well against other City teams. San Fernando has wins over El Camino Real, Arleta, Westchester and Palisades but a loss to Banning. Kennedy has win over San Pedro, Palisades and Bell but losses to El Camino Real and Arleta.

At this point, the City Section is looking very balanced, with a lot of top pitchers ready to test themselves in big games. This will be the final week of the regular season.

In the Marine League, Banning has a one-game lead over Narbonne and San Pedro. Narbonne hosts Banning on Tuesday and then the two schools play at the Urban Youth Academy on Friday.

A big surprise has happened in the Coliseum League, where Locke (13-7, 9-3) is on the verge of winning the league title ahead of Crenshaw and Fremont. The Saints' Justin Marzett, a junior shortstop, is batting .491 with four home runs. Locke competes in Division II.

-- Eric Sondheimer