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King baseball’s Smith keeps it simple

Keep it simple. A mantra for life simplified, the phrase is also the calling card for King catcher Rory Smith. From his sport choice, to his college choice and the manner he carries himself, the Wolves’ top hitter is not very complicated “I love baseball,” said Smith, who grew up just blocks from King, playing [...]

By | April 27th, 2017|Baseball, Football Rankings|Comments Off on King baseball’s Smith keeps it simple

SoCal’s Hunter Greene lands on front cover of Sports Illustrated

The alert came on Greene’s phone as he sat in a psychology class at Notre Dame. Next came a text from his father Russell said, “Proud of You”. That was how Greene discovered Tuesday that he became only the 13th high school player ever to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. “I don’t think [...]

By | April 25th, 2017|Baseball, Game of the Week|Comments Off on SoCal’s Hunter Greene lands on front cover of Sports Illustrated

Austin Hernandez’ walk-off single voted SCPL Play of the Week!

Winner: Walk-off!. Austin Hernandez singles home Christos Stefanos. 3-2 West Ranch in 8 innings over Valencia. Comeback complete. pic.twitter.com/1oRKZrH1XH — Evan Barnes (@evan_b) March 30, 2017 Walk-off!. Austin Hernandez singles home Christos Stefanos. 3-2 West Ranch in 8 innings over Valencia in Foothill League play. Final Tally (10,376) : NAME, SCHOOL, SPORT VOTES % Austin Hernandez, West [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|Baseball, Play of the Week Winner|Comments Off on Austin Hernandez’ walk-off single voted SCPL Play of the Week!

Cantwell’s Mark Saavedra voted SoCal Prep Legends Boys Athlete of the Week

SoCal Prep Legends Boys Athlete of the Week Name: Mark Saavedra School: Cantwell-Sacred Heart Sport: Baseball Year: Sophomore Winning Numbers: In a poll that tallied nearly 40,000 votes, Saavedra's support outlasted Don Lugo's Khoury Bethley in a tight race to the finish. The Cardinals entered last week’s crucial Camino Real League game against Mary Star on a two-game skid. But [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|Baseball, Boys Athlete WINNER|Comments Off on Cantwell’s Mark Saavedra voted SoCal Prep Legends Boys Athlete of the Week

Steele Ledford’s diving catch voted SCPL Play of the Week

Winner: Thousand Oaks' Steele Ledford with a defensive dazzler to get the first out in the 7th. Diving catch in Center. pic.twitter.com/iaDbFKthqz — Evan Barnes (@evan_b) March 25, 2017 Thousand Oaks' Steele Ledford with a defensive dazzler to get the first out in the 7th. Diving catch in CF. To view other nominated plays, click [...]

By | March 31st, 2017|Baseball, Play of the Week Winner|Comments Off on Steele Ledford’s diving catch voted SCPL Play of the Week

Valencia’s Chase Farrell voted SoCal Prep Legends Boys Athlete of the Week

SoCal Prep Legends Boys Athlete of the Week Name: Chase Farrell School: Valencia Sport: Baseball Year: Senior Winning Numbers: Farrell threw a no-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks in a 10-0 Foothill League victory over Golden Valley. Farrell hit one batter and Valencia made two errors in a dominant pitching performance. Farrell is signed to pitch in Westwood next year [...]

By | March 31st, 2017|Baseball, Boys Athlete WINNER|Comments Off on Valencia’s Chase Farrell voted SoCal Prep Legends Boys Athlete of the Week

Narbonne High baseball player Ruben Marin lost his leg to violence but gained a new life

Ruben Marin was walking home from a graduation party with Narbonne High teammate Airan Martinez when he saw the gun emerge from a passing car. Marin, who had just turned 16 years old, instinctively tried to get out of the way while shielding Martinez. But a bullet struck Marin in the leg just below his [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|Baseball|Comments Off on Narbonne High baseball player Ruben Marin lost his leg to violence but gained a new life

Etiwanda’s Steven Rivas voted SoCal Prep Legends Boys Athlete of the Week

SoCal Prep Legends Boys Athlete of the Week Name: Steven Rivas School: Etiwanda Sport: Baseball Year: Senior Winning Numbers: Rivas helped the Eagles to a championship at the Cougar Classic at Rancho Cucamonga, highlighted by a 15-2 win over Chaffey in the title game. In five games, he went 17 for 22 (.773) with three doubles, two triples, two home [...]

By | March 24th, 2017|Baseball, Boys Athlete WINNER|Comments Off on Etiwanda’s Steven Rivas voted SoCal Prep Legends Boys Athlete of the Week

PHOTOS: South Torrance baseball honors lost teammate in first game since death

Hundreds of past and present South Bay baseball players gathered Wednesday to mourn the death of a star 16-year-old South High School shortstop killed the night before when two cars involved in an earlier collision ran a red light and crashed into the van his father was driving in Torrance. Police arrested one of the [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Baseball, Photos|Comments Off on PHOTOS: South Torrance baseball honors lost teammate in first game since death

Notre Dame’s Hunter Greene eyes senior year, MLB Draft

by Evan Barnes Give Hunter Greene a baseball and the Sherman Oaks Notre Dame senior can throw a 100 mph fastball with pinpoint control. Give him a bat and he can hit for average or launch balls out of stadiums, as he did at San Diego’s Petco Park last summer. Give him a glove, he [...]

By | March 1st, 2017|Baseball|Comments Off on Notre Dame’s Hunter Greene eyes senior year, MLB Draft