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Valencia, West Ranch Advance To Valley Invitational Baseball League Quarterfinals

khts_sportsThe Valencia and West Ranch baseball teams advanced to the quarterfinals of the Valley Invitational Baseball League playoffs.

Valencia pounded Birmingham, 16-2, while West Ranch squeaked past Golden Valley, 2-1.

Valencia scored 10 runs in the first two innings against Birmingham. Trey Williams went 2-for-3 with a double and drove in three runs. Alex Bishop was 3-for-3, walked twice and scored four runs. Brian Mundell and Spencer Daniels each drove in two runs for Valencia.

Valencia plays El Camino Real, 5-1 winners over Simi Valley, today at Valencia High School.

West Ranch and Golden Valley were tied 1-1 in the sixth inning when Ryan Riordan knocked in Jake Miura with an RBI double.

Josh Heinz was 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI for West Ranch.

Golden Valley took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Anthony San Miguel drove in leadoff hitter Billy Fredrick.

Golden Valley starter Josh Smith pitched a complete game. He went six innings giving up two runs on eight hits and struck out five.

West Ranch starter Ryan Keller went four innings and gave up one run on one hit. He struck out three and walked four. Michael Silva and Steven Farnworth combined to pitch three scoreless innings in relief to end the game.

West Ranch gets Alemany, 3-2 winners over Harvard-Westlake, today at West Ranch High School.

Meanwhile, Hart lost to Chaminade, 2-1, Canyon lost to Moorpark, 10-2, and Saugus lost to Taft, 7-4, in the second round of the summer league playoffs.

In auto racing, RJ Johnson of Canyon Country took over the lead in the NASCAR Late Model standings at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on Saturday night. Johnson finished third in the race and has a four-point lead over Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills, the reigning Late Model champion at Irwindale.

Derek Thorn of Bakersfield won the Late Model race, a week after finishing second in the Stockcar Racing League Southwest Tour race at Irwindale.

In the Firestone Indy Lights Series, the drivers from Bryan Herta Autosport posted a couple top-10 finishes on the streets of Edmonton in Canada.

Sebastian Saavedra finished sixth, followed by teammate Stefan Wilson in seventh on the temporary street course.

James Hinchcliffe won the race. JK Vernay, the leader in the Indy Lights standings, was second.

The next race in the Indy Lights series is Aug. 8 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington.

The Dodgers won a nail-biter, 1-0, against the New York Mets yesterday at Dodger Stadium.

Russell Martin knocked in Casey Blake with an RBI single in the eighth inning for the only run of the game.

Starter Clayton Kershaw pitched eight shut-out innings, giving up seven hits and striking out three for his 10th win of the season.

The Dodgers have the day off today. They head down to San Diego to start a three-game series with the first-place Padres on Tuesday.

Across town in Anaheim, the Angels made a trade and a last-ditch effort to make the playoffs. They acquired pitcher Dan Haren from the Arizona Diamondbacks for Joe Saunders and three prospects.

The Angels lost to the Texas Rangers, 6-4, last night. The Angels are seven games behind the first-place Rangers in the American League West standings.

Valencia, West Ranch Advance To Valley Invitational Baseball League Quarterfinals

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About Connie Jones

Connie and her husband, John, moved to the Santa Clarita Valley almost 30 years ago. Living in Santa Clarita for that long is the direct opposite of Connie’s childhood. She was an Army ‘brat’ who moved every two to three years. Consequently, she has lived in many states and even spent three years in Europe. All three of her kids went to Santa Clarita schools. Connie says the best thing about her job at KHTS is that she is never bored. “If I’m not smiling, Carl is sure to ask why, just before giving me a mind-boggling project.” “KHTS AM-1220 is an integral part of our community and I’m glad to be a part of it. Besides, the DJs will take my request to play Shania Twain’s ‘Still the One’ for my wedding anniversary – gotta love that!”