Baseball: League titles are on the line this week [Updated]
It's the final week of the regular season in high school baseball, and lots of league championships are still on the line along with competition for playoff seeds.
In the City Section, Narbonne and Banning are both 8-0 in the Marine League and meet on Monday and Wednesday. If Narbonne can sweep the Pilots, the Gauchos will be in position for a No. 2 seed in the City Section playoffs.
Cleveland is trying to win the West Valley League title and claim the No. 1 seed. The Cavaliers host Birmingham on Tuesday and play at Birmingham on Thursday in a night finale. Cleveland has a one-game lead over Chatsworth.
The Marmonte League is facing real drama. Agoura (10-3) needs to defeat Simi Valley (9-4) at home on Tuesday (postponed from Monday) to win the championship. A loss and the Pioneers share the league title. Thousand Oaks (9-4) also is in the mix and must defeat host Moorpark (8-5) on Tuesday.
In the Hacienda League, Bonita (10-0) needs a victory on Wednesday over host Diamond Bar (8-2) to clinch the league title. Otherwise, it's on to Friday at Bonita.
In the Mission League, Loyola (9-1) can wrap up the league title outright with either a win on Tuesday at Chaminade or a win Thursday at home against Chaminade.
In the Foothill League, Canyon Country Canyon (9-4) has a one-game lead over West Ranch (8-5) but faces Valencia in a two-game series Tuesday and Thursday.
In the Del Rey League, Gardena Serra (8-0) plays its nemesis, L.A. Cathedral (6-2), on Monday and Wednesday, needing one victory to clinch the title.
In the Channel League, Dos Pueblos (9-1) and Santa Barbara (8-2) meet in a two-game series to decide the league title. In the Baseline League, Los Osos (11-2) faces Glendora (9-4) in a two-game series.
In the Suburban League, La Mirada (9-1) and Mayfair (9-1) are tied for first place and meet in a two-game series. In the Valle Vista League, San Dimas (9-1) plays Northview (8-2) in a two-game series.
-- Eric Sondheimer