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Baseball: West Ranch wins on JD Krauskopf walk-off double

The battle for first place in the Foothill League came down to a dramatic RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning by JD Krauskopf to score Jagger Rusconi from first base and give West Ranch a 3-2 win over Valencia.

West Ranch is 12-7 and 6-3 in league. Canyon is tied for first place with the Wildcats.

Cody Bennett threw all eight innings for the victory, striking out eight. Jordan Benty had a home run for West Ranch. Golden Valley defeated Saugus, 6-5, with a five-run seventh. Lukas Granado had a single and double. Canyon defeated Hart, 4-3.

In the battle for first place in the Pacific League, Burbank defeated Burroughs, 8-6. Arcadia defeated Crescenta Valley, 3-2. In the Moore League, Long Beach Wilson handed a rare defeat to Chris Castellanos in beating Long Beach Poly, 5-4.

In the Southwestern League, Great Oak defeated Vista Murrieta, 6-3. Steven Garrett had three hits for Vista Murrieta.

Arden Pabst hit two home runs and had four RBIs in Harvard-Westlake's 12-5 win over Alemany in the Mission League. Loyola (14-8, 7-1) defeated Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 8-5, to stay in first place. Nick Sablock and Cole Malloy each had two hits. Nathan Hadley threw 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief. Loyola is 7-1; Harvard-Westlake is 4-2. Chaminade defeated Crespi, 3-2, in 14 innings. Nick Ortega threw four shutout innings of relief. The winning run came home on an errant pickoff attempt.

In the Marmonte League, Tyler Cohen threw two shutout innings of scoreless relief to save Agoura's 6-5 win over Moorpark and keep the Chargers in first place. Kyle London had two RBIs. Sherman Brawner led Moorpark with two hits and three RBIs. Calabasas defeated Westlake, 2-1. Thousand Oaks defeated Simi Valley, 5-4. Royal defeated Newbury Park, 9-5. Brian Rose had two hits and two RBIs. Colton Waltner went three for three for Newbury Park.

In the South Coast League, El Toro defeated Mission Viejo, 7-4, in eight innings. Nick Paglialonga had a two-run single in the eighth. Ryan Kayoda struck out eight in seven innings.

In the Century League, Anaheim Canyon collected 19 hits in a 15-3 win over Esperanza after scoring just a single run in two losses earlier this week. Austin McGeorge, Cole Garcia and Kevin Foley contributed three hits apiece.

In the Empire League, Cypress broke out of its slump with an 8-2 win over Tustin. Tyler Alamo had a three-run home run and four RBIs.

In the Baseline League, Cameron Rodriguez threw a one-hitter to lead Upland past Glendora, 4-1. Etiwanda defeated Rancho Cucamonga, 7-6. Daniel Chavarria had a home run.

In the Sunset League, Marina defeated Huntington Beach, 6-2. In the Del Rey League, Cathedral defeated Bishop Montgomery, 3-2. Diego Gutierrez threw five shutout innings. Bishop Amat defeated St. Paul, 3-2. AJ Alcantara had a walk-off single.

In the Seaview League, San Juan Hills defeated San Clemente, 6-3. In the Tri-Valley League, Oaks Christian (16-3-1) defeated Nordhoff, 12-0. Spencer Vogelbach threw six shutout innings. Nate Palace went four for four.

In the San Gabriel Valley League, left-hander Ulices Moreno improved to 7-2 with five shutout innings in Paramount's 11-1 win over Lynwood. He struck out nine and allowed one hit. His ERA dropped to 1.02.

In the East Valley League, Braden Harris struck out 10 and Tyson Turner had a walk-off two-run single in North Hollywood's 2-1 win over Cesar Chavez. Verdugo Hills defeated Arleta, 10-0, in five innings. Marco Quintanar threw a complete game. Brandon Zavala and Brandon Mona each had two doubles and three RBIs.

In the Marine League, Narbonne completed a two-game sweep of San Pedro with a 4-2 victory over the Pirates. Gustavo Bejarano threw five innings and Daniel Rocha picked up the save.

Malibu set a school record with its 18th victory, a 4-3 win over Santa Clara. Chase Lambert picked up his seventh save. He has 48 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings. He also had two hits. Freshman Dylan Ross had a two-run double.

Brentwood defeated Viewpoint, 6-1. Aaron Fritts went three for three, making him seven for seven in the last two games.

 -- Eric Sondheimer

 
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