The Hart High baseball team found some timely power and pitching in the Foothill League season finale against Golden Valley. Behind a complete game, three-hitter from Alex Tenorio and three home runs, Hart beat Golden Valley, 12-1, and finished in third place in league.
Hart earned an automatic berth in the CIF Southern Section playoffs by finishing in the top three in the Foothill League.
Pat Valaika, Josh Brown and Dallas Bacon homered for Hart. Bacon drove in three runs and Brown’s pinch-hit, two-run home run in the seventh inning gave his team an 11-1 lead.
Kamran Young drove in Golden Valley’s only run with a double in the third inning.
The Valencia baseball team beat Canyon, 9-1, and finished in first place in the Foothill League with a 12-3 record.
Valencia scored five runs in the third inning capped by a home run by Trey Williams, his 10th of the season.
Alex Bishop was 3-for-3, drove in a run and scored a run for Valencia. Teammate Brian Mundell went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs.
The West Ranch baseball team beat Saugus, 12-7, and finished in second place in league with a 10-5 record. Allen Sarkissian went 3-for-4 with a double and drove in three runs for Valencia. Teammate Josh Heinz was 2-for-4 with two doubles and drove in two runs.
Saugus is the fourth-place team in the Foothill League and will have to hope for an at-large berth to make the CIF playoffs. With a 15-11 overall record, Saugus has a good shot at making the playoffs.
In high school swimming, Hart’s Maggie Hanson set All-America times in two events at the CIF Southern Section Division I finals in Long Beach. Hanson was fifth in the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 4.48 seconds, and fifth in the 100 butterfly in 56.14 seconds, both All-America times.
Valencia’s Bob Hwang was second in the 100 butterfly, setting an All-America time in the event.
Canyon’s Kearsten Livingstone was second in the 100 butterfly and also recorded an All-America time.
The Hart girls finished eighth as a team in the Division I meet, the highest among schools from the Foothill League. The Hart boys were 12th in the Division I meet, also the highest among teams from the Foothill League.
In high school tennis, the Valencia boys were ousted from the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs after losing to Temple City, 10-8.
In high school volleyball, the Valencia boys lost to Claremont in four games and were eliminated from the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs in the quarterfinals.
In auto racing, a pair of drivers from Santa Clarita won races at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
R.J. Johnson of Canyon Country won his second NASCAR Late Model race in a row and leads the Late Model standings at the track.
Rich DeLong III of Santa Clarita won his fourth NASCAR Super Stocks race of the season and leads the Super Stocks standings at Irwindale.
Go to Haddock in the Paddock for recaps of all the races at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
The NBA Western Conference finals finally get under way tonight. The Lakers have been off for a week waiting for the playoffs to resume. The third-seeded Phoenix Suns ousted the San Antonio Spurs in the conference semifinals. The Lakers swept the Utah Jazz out of the playoffs in the other conference semifinal.
The Dodgers shut out the first-place Padres, 1-0, in San Diego and completed the sweep of the leaders in the National League West standings.
Russell Martin drove in the game’s only run with an RBI single in the sixth inning.
That would be seven wins in a row for the suddenly resurgent Dodgers. Next up are the Houston Astros who are in town for a little two-game set starting tonight.
It will be John Ely on the mound for the Dodgers against Wandy Rodriguez for the Astros. Pregame starts at 6:30 on AM 1220, KHTS.