Baseball: Esperanza wins its seventh consecutive game
Anaheim Esperanza has gotten hot thanks to some outstanding pitching. The Aztecs (9-2, 6-0) won their seventh consecutive game on Monday, a 1-0 victory over El Modena in the Century League.
Junior Brandon Luper struck out eight and allowed five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Shane Dahlson came on to get the final two outs for the save.
David Hill was the tough-luck loser, giving up only two hits.
In a West Valley League opener, Birmingham's Daniel Rivas threw a complete game, giving up three hits in a 3-2 victory over Reseda Cleveland. He also hit a home run. It was a huge win for the Patriots, who knocked off Cleveland ace Jack Hartman.
In the Valley Mission League, San Fernando defeated Van Nuys, 6-0. Ruben Armenta threw four shutout innings. Carlos Robles had two RBIs.
In the Baseline League, Glendora defeated Upland, 14-0.
-- Eric Sondheimer