Southern Section baseball: Harvard-Westlake wins first championship [Video]
Add baseball to the list of successful sports at Harvard-Westlake. The Wolverines won their first Southern Section baseball title on Friday night, relying on the pitching of Jack Flaherty to defeat Marina, 1-0, in the Division 1 final at Dodger Stadium before a day-long crowd of 8,019.
Flaherty (13-0, 0.63 ERA) has been close to unbeatable all season. The 6-foot-4 junior escaped a bases loaded jam in the third inning with a strikeout and finished with eight strikeouts and one walk while throwing a six-hitter.
But the biggest individual play came with one out in the seventh. Sophomore Jackson Grayson, a late-inning replacement in left field, threw out Tyler Mildenberg at the plate trying to score from second on a single. Catcher Arden Pabst made the block at the plate and placed the tag.
"It was an unbelievable throw," Flaherty said.
Harvard-Westlake got its only run in the third on a two-out RBI single by Flaherty.
The Wolverines finished 28-4. Marina was 21-10.
Matt LaCour becomes the first coach to guide teams to championships in Division I in Southern Section and City Section.
-- Eric Sondheimer