LODI HIGH HAS NEW VOL­LEY­BALL COACH

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The Lodi 14-year-old all-star base­ball team scored a huge upset on Thurs­day, knock­ing out the host Five Cities squad from the Babe Ruth Pa­cific South­west Re­gional Tour­na­ment.

The Lodi squad shut out Five Cities, the de­fend­ing Babe Ruth 13U World Se­ries, with a 2-0 score.

Five Cities had an 18-game win­ning streak go­ing un­til Iolani, the Hawaii Babe Ruth cham­pion, knocked them out of the win­ners’ bracket with a 2-0 vic­tory on Wed­nes­day.

Five Cities won the Cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia cham­pi­onship ear­lier this month, de­feat­ing Lodi 13-2. Five Cities also de­feated Lodi 185 in the first round of that tour­na­ment.

“Our boys came ready to play to­day and they would not be de­nied,” said Lodi man­ager Ralph Bain via email. “Gianni Casazza was bril­liant mix­ing his pitches and keep­ing the ball down.”

Bain added that Five Cities has been Lodi’s “kryptonite” after outscor­ing Lodi 57-10 across the last four meet­ings.

Gianni Casazza went most of the way in Thurs­day’s 2-0 vic­tory, with 98 pitches across 6 2/3 in­nings. He al­lowed five hits, two walks and no runs while strik­ing out five. Bubba Stout got the fi­nal out with one pitch to record the save.

At the plate, Lodi had three hits, but racked up 10 walks, with two each to Dy­lan Bartlett and Casazza. J.T. An­der­son, Dy­lan Evans and Casazza had sin­gles, with Bartlett and Aus­ton Sch­mierer scor­ing runs.

Five Cities had five hits and two walks. Mikey Afzali went 2for-3, and Josiah Cabreros, Marc Byrum and Adam Lerma had one hit each.

To­day Lodi will play Westch­ester, the No. 2 team from the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia sec­tion, which beat SoCal No. 1 Tor­rance 8-4 on Thurs­day. Mean­while, Iolani and Chan­dler, the win­ner of the Ari­zona sec­tion, played late Thurs­day to see which will play the win­ner of the Lodi-Westch­ester game.

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