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Baseball: Pitcher Ryan Mota commits to San Diego State

Ryan Mota, a pitcher at Fontana Kaiser who was 9-2 as a junior, has committed to San Diego State.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Baseball: Harvard-Westlake is reloading fast with incoming freshman

Coming off its win in the championship game of the Southern Section Division 1 baseball final, Studio City Harvard-Westlake has some returnees to build around, such as the reigning player of the year in Jack Flaherty.

But the Wolverines are also looking for help from some newcomers, and they're about to get immediate help from highly touted incoming freshman Logan Pollack, a middle infielder-pitcher who will get a chance this summer and fall to show if he can hit varsity pitching.

Five sophomores are moving from the junior varsity team. They'll join such returnees as outfielder Ezra Steinberg, who's moving into the infield, and infielders Brian Ginsberg and Tyler Urbach.

But Pollack could be a key addition if he lives up to early buzz about his talent.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Baseball: SoCal connection comes through for UCLA


UCLA Coach John Savage lives in Orange County, but it's his recruiting from across Southern California's prep baseball hotbeds that has helped turn the Bruins into a national power.

In their 2-1 opening win over LSU on Sunday at the College World Series, UCLA's contributors provide a glimpse of Savage's recruiting.

There was the Glendora duo of pitcher Adam Plutko and second baseman Cody Regis. There were the Orange County boys _ pinch hitter Ty Moore (Mater Dei), pitcher James Kaprielian (Beckman) and outfielder Eric Filia (Edison).

There was the slick fielding shortstop from Hart, Pat Valaika. There was the shortstop turned catcher from Valencia, Shane Zeile. There was the designated hitter, a former football player from Crespi, the athletic Kevin Williams. There was the outfielder from Gahr, Brenton Allen. And out of the bullpen, there was the closer, David Berg, from Bishop Amat.

Pitching, defense and execution is what this year's UCLA team is all about, and Savage has lots of pitchers lined up behind Plutko, Kaprielian and Berg to follow in the next two years. He's on a roll, as are the Bruins.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Photo: Cody Regis scores. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press.


Baseball: Matt Campbell is South MVP

It was a good weekend for Simi Valley senior pitcher Matt Campbell. He was named MVP for the South team, which lost two of three games to the North in the North-South Series at Santa Clara University. The North won on Sunday, 4-2.

Campbell threw four shutout innings on Saturday. Chris Matthewson of Fontana Kaiser threw three shutout innings on Sunday.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Baseball: Matt Campbell, Coltin Gerhart excel in all-star series

Matt Campbell of Simi Valley threw four shutout innings in game one of the North-South Series at Santa Clara on Saturday. The South lost, 6-1.

In the second game, Coltin Gerhart of Norco had a two-run double to rally the South to a 4-2 victory.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Baseball: Erick Bryant is new coach at Long Beach Poly

Erick Bryant has been named baseball coach at Long Beach Poly. He's a former Poly pitcher who served as an assistant coach with the Jackrabbits and spent five years as head coach at Long Beach Cabrillo.

Here's the link to a profile on Bryant from

-- Eric Sondheimer

Baseball: Alemany is showing early summer success

The Mission League figures to be loaded with top teams next season, and Alemany is showing early summer success in the Valley Invitational Baseball League.

Of the 15 players, 11 are juniors and four are sophomores. The Warriors also picked up Chaminade transfer Adam Bedrossian, who combined on the mound with Carter Yankie to throw a shutout against Crespi, 1-0.

Yankie, Kyle Merkel and Brandon Ponticelli give Alemany three quality junior pitchers that will get to match up against Loyola's trio next season of Nathan Hadley, Quinn Brodey and Kyle Beadles, Harvard-Westlake's Jack Flaherty, Chaminade's Dylan Suppan and Tommy Costello and Notre Dame's Tommy Wilson.

Also, Alemany won't be pariticipating in the VIBL playoffs. Instead, the Warriors and five other schools will be competing in three tournaments this summer, facing off against teams from Orange County and Northern California in an experiment.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Baseball: The greatest team in City Section history

Cal-Hi Sports has published an e-book entitled, "California: The Baseball Capital of the World."


One of the highlights is the selection of all-time best high school teams from around the state.

For the City Section, they selected an all-star team that includes Brian Harper (San Pedro) at catcher, pitchers Don Drysdale (Van Nuys),  Bret Saberhagen (Cleveland) and Larry Sherry (Fairfax), first baseman Eddie Murray (Locke), infielders Bobby Doerr (Fremont), Ozzie Smith (Locke), Robin Yount (Taft) and outfielders Eric Davis (Fremont), Willie Davis (Roosevelt) and Darryl Strawberry (Crenshaw), with designated hitter Ryan Braun (Granada Hills) and closer Rodney Beck (Grant).

The manager is Sparky Anderson (Dorsey).

There's also top 25 all-time best high school teams from California, with Chatsworth's 2004 team picked No. 2.

The e-book is availabe at this link.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Photo: Don Drysdale is one of the greatest pitchers in City Section history. Credit: Associated Press.


Baseball: Ryan McMahon is set to sign with Colorado Rockies

Third baseman Ryan McMahon from Santa Ana Mater Dei has reached agreement with the Colorado Rockies and plans to fly to Colorado and sign on Friday, his father, Jim, said.

McMahon, a USC signee, was taken in the second round by the Rockies.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Baseball: Mater Dei's Charlie Vorsheck commits to Notre Dame

Charlie Vorsheck, who was part of the outstanding pitching group for Santa Ana Mater Dei last season as a junior, has committed to Notre Dame.

He's expected to be the Monarchs' ace in 2014.

-- Eric Sondheimer


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