Mis­sion Viejo has Div. 2 ti­tle

Los Angeles Times - - HIGH SCHOOLS - By Eric Sond­heimer eric.sond­heimer@la­times.com Twit­ter: LATSond­heimer

Armed with a fast­ball in the up­per 80 sand dis­play­ing an ag­gres­sive men­tal­ity learned from foot­ball sea­son, left-han­der Pa­trick San­doval of Mis­sion Viejo had no in­ten­tion of leav­ing San Manuel Sta­dium on Satur­day with­out a vic­tory.

“I hate los­ing more than any­thing,” he said. “Iwanted to come out here and win a CIF cham­pi­onship for the coach.”

San­doval did his part, giv­ing up two hits while strik­ing out seven to help the Di­ab­los (26-10) de­feat Chino Hills, 3-1, in the Di­vi­sion 2 fi­nal.

Mis­sion Viejo Coach Chris Ash­bach has called his 2015 team “the best group of kids” he has been around in 18 years with the Di­ab­los. They’re un­selfish and find ways to win.

Mis­sion Viejo broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth, tak­ing ad­van­tage of a throw­ing er­ror and then get­ting a sac­ri­fice fly from Matt Rhylick, who also had a run-scor­ing sin­gle ear­lier in the game.

Then, on de­fense, the Di­ab­los made a dou­ble play to end the game, with short­stop Tyler Odekirk field­ing the ball up the mid­dle and touch­ing sec­ond and first base­man Thomas Byrne catch­ing the throw to end the game.

It was the sec­ond South­ern Sec­tion ti­tle this school year for San­doval, whowas a re­ceiver for the cham­pi­onship foot­ball team.

“Win­ning a CIF cham­pi­onship in foot­ball is spe­cial, but do­ing it with these guys ... noth­ing beats it,” San­doval said.

Re­dondo wins D3

From be­gin­ning to end, Re­dondo (29-7) dom­i­nated in de­feat­ing Wal­nut, 10-0, to win its first Di­vi­sion 3 cham­pi­onship.

Ju­nior pitcher Cooper Gal­lion threw a two-hit shutout and was sup­ported by a hit­ting at­tack that took ad­van­tage of early wild­ness from Cody Dye (9-1) to score five runs in the first in­ning.

Marco Valen­zuela fin­ished with two dou­bles and three runs bat­ted in. Dun­can McKin­non had a triple, a dou­ble and two RBIs. The Sea Hawks had 11 hits against a team that had knocked off un­beaten San Dimas in the semi­fi­nals.

Ser­rano wins on ap­peal

It was a strange de­layed cel­e­bra­tion, but Phe­lan Ser­rano still got what it wanted, a 2-1 win over South Tor­rance in the Di­vi­sion 4 cham­pi­onship game.

South Tor­rance thought it had es­caped a bases­loaded sit­u­a­tion in the bot­tom of the sev­enth with a dou­ble play. But Ser­rano ap­pealed to the um­pires that on the throw to first, first base­man Matt Diederich’s foot had come off the bag. Af­ter a meet­ing, um­pires ruled the run­ner was safe and Ser­rano had won the game.

“It’s part of sports,” South Tor­rance Coach Grady Sain said of the um­pire re­ver­sal. “That doesn’t take away from the com­pet­i­tive­ness of this game. Both sides weren’t giv­ing an inch.”

Ser­rano took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on an RBI dou­ble by Saxon An­dross. South Tor­rance tied it in the sev­enth, scor­ing on an er­ror.

R.J. Peace struck out six to pick up the win. Drake Pin­gel struck out nine in the loss.

Brian van der Brug Los An­ge­les Times

ZACK SHARP­LEY of Mis­sion Viejo is stoked af­ter hit­ting a run-pro­duc­ing sin­gle against Chino Hills.

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