Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Hart play for ti­tle

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Eric Sond­heimer eric.sond­heimer@la­times.com

The schools play­ing for a South­ern Sec­tion Di­vi­sion 1 base­ball cham­pi­onship on Satur­day, Ne­whall Hart (20-9-1) and Hunt­ing­ton Beach (24-8), are fol­low­ing that old say­ing, “It’s not how you start that’s im­por­tant, but how you fin­ish.”

Hart lost six con­sec­u­tive games in March and was 2-6 to start the sea­son. Hunt­ing­ton Beach started 2-5. Hart has a nine-game win­ning streak. Hunt­ing­ton Beach has won 15 of its last 16. The teams square off at 7:30 p.m. at San Manuel Sta­dium in San Bernardino, one of four cham­pi­onship games at the site.

No. 2-seeded Hunt­ing­ton Beach has a strong hit­ting attack, led by UCLA-bound out­fielder Daniel Amaral, the Sun­set League’s most valu­able player. UCLA-bound pitcher Jack Ral­ston will start for Hart, which has a hot hit­ter in ju­nior catcher Robert Reeves.

The Di­vi­sion 2 game be­tween Mission Viejo and Chino Hills is set for 4 p.m. and fea­tures an out­stand­ing pitch­ing matchup of USC-bound Pa­trick San­doval against UC Santa Bar­barabound Bai­ley Fal­ter.

In Di­vi­sion 3, Wal­nut will play Re­dondo at 1 p.m. In Di­vi­sion 4, Phelan Ser­rano will face South Tor­rance at 10 a.m.

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