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Baseball: Johnson, Clark, Franca lead Riverside North

February 25, 2012 |  3:51 pm

Riverside North, the defending Southern Section Division 1 baseball champion, relied on three key returns on Saturday to knock off Ontario Colony, 7-2, in the Redlands Invitational.

Jack Johnson threw a complete game, and Gabrial Franca and Gabriel Clark each went three for three. North is 2-0.

Orange Lutheran improved to 2-0 with an 11-9 victory over Alta Loma. Jason Martin had three of his team's 15 hits. South Hills defeated Crescenta Valley, 7-3, getting a three-run triple from Ty France. Elliot Surrey had three hits for Crescenta Valley.

In the Southern California Invitational, Malibu defeated Sierra Canyon, 10-1. Paraclete defeated San Fernando, 6-5. Carlos Robles had two hits for the Tigers.

Granada Hills defeated Knight, 9-0. Collin Dudley threw a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts. Birmingham defeated Campbell Hall, 10-1. Daniel Rivas struck out seven in five innings. Manny Granillo had three RBIs.

Grace Brethren defeated San Marcos, 7-3. Jason Fine went four for four and Chad Woodard was three for three. Oxnard Pacifica defeated Taft, 9-6, despite a grand slam from Mike Colon.

 -- Eric Sondheimer