The Valencia baseball team stayed undefeated in Foothill League play, but Saugus put up quite a fight. Valencia beat Saugus, 13-12, after the Centurions scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game.
Alex Bishop came through with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to win the game for Valencia, which improved to 5-0 against Foothill League opponents.
West Ranch had some seventh-inning heroics of its own in a 5-4 win over Hart.
Down 4-3 in the seventh inning, West Ranch scored twice in a come-from-behind win. Allen Sarkissian drove in the game-winning run with an RBI double.
Golden Valley didn’t need a seventh-inning rally to win its first Foothill League game of the year. Golden Valley beat Canyon, 12-8, behind afour-RBI day from Jon Granado.
A couple of baseball teams are playing in tournaments during spring break.
The Saugus baseball team posted a 4-3 win over Hemet in the OC Nissan Select Tournament over the weekend. Michael Soucy drove in the game-winning run for Saugus in the seventh inning.
The Canyon baseball team beat Godinez, 8-3, in the Beach-Pit Classic. Patrick Roxbury and Kyle Froehlich each drove in two runs for Canyon.
The Hart baseball team lost to El Modena, 4-3, after giving up four runs in the sixth inning. Hart built a 3-0 lead on RBIs from Pat Valaika and Daniel Dietz.
In auto racing, Rich DeLong III, a driver from Santa Clarita, won the NASCAR Super Stocks race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on Saturday night. It was his second win in a row at the track.
Canyon Country’s RJ Johnson finished third in the NASCAR Late Mode race won by Travis Irving of Norco. Johnson won the NASCAR Super Trucks championship at Irwindale last year.
Go to Haddock in the Paddock for more video interviews of the drivers and recaps of all the races from Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
In college basketball, fifth-seeded Butler will face No. 1 Duke in the championship game of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament tonight.
Butler will have the homecourt advantage playing in their hometown of Indianapolis. Duke has history and experience on its side in the championship game.
Game is scheduled to tip off at 6 tonight.
The Lakers had a chance to wrap up the best record in the Western Conference and blew it. Big time. The Lakers lost to the visiting San Antonio Spurs, 100-81. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol had a decent game for the Lakers. Gasol scored a season-high 32 points and Bryant added 22 points, but the rest of the team combined for 27 points.
Manu Ginobili scored 32 points to lead the Spurs which secured a playoff spot for the 13th straight year.
And more bad news: Even though Cleveland lost to the Boston Celtics, the Cavaliers secured home-court advantage throughout the playoffs because the Lakers lost to the Spurs.
A few hours later at Staples Center, the Clippers continued their spiral of defeat, losing to the New York Knicks, 113-107. Baron Davis had 23 points and 11 assists, but the Clippers lost for the fifth time in a row.
In hockey, the Kings backed their way into the playoffs. The Kings clinched their first playoff berth since 2002 when the Chicago Blackhawks lost to the Calgary Flames on Sunday. Those same Chicago Blackhawks will most likely be the Kings first-round opponents in the NHL playoffs.