“Scrappy” is the word Granada Hills baseball coach Matt Matuszak uses to describe his team, which has won nine straight games and is already in control of the West Valley League race with a 6-0 record.
The Highlanders (12-3) don’t rely on one hitter or one pitcher. It’s a group of players who come together and deliver when needed. The latest win came on Tuesday against rivals Birmingham, an 11-5 victory that saw the Highlanders go 2-0 against the pre-season title favorites City.
A four-run first inning featured RBI doubles by Easton Hawk and Juan Tirado. Birmingham tied it 4-4 in the second on a two-run single by Carlos Macias and a two-run home run by Gavin Taylor. Andrew Cuevo had three hits for the Highlanders, including an RBI single in the third. Hawk finished with three hits and three RBIs. Granada Hills broke the game open with a five-run fifth. Jack Nelson threw five innings of one-run relief.
The good news for Granada Hills is that its best pitcher, Hawk, a UCLA commit, has yet to throw this season. He hopes to make his season debut next week. Granada Hills is also the only team Palisades has beaten this season, making the Highlanders a likely No. 1 seed for the City Section Open Division playoffs if they win the West Valley title.
El Camino Real 5, Chatsworth 5: The game was suspended after 11 innings due to darkness.
Carson 3, Narbonne 1: Colts pick up Marine League victory.
Palisades 11, Venice 1: The Dolphins improved to 10-1. Zach Gresham had two doubles and six RBIs.
El Dorado 6, El Modena 1: Jack Fishel threw a complete game, striking out four for El Dorado. Freshman Brady Abner and sophomore Diego Gonzalez each had two hits and two RBIs.
La Serna 1, Simi Valley 0: Eddie Garcia struck out 10 without a walk to help La Serna win with a walk in the eighth.
Moorpark 5, Camarillo 1: Rylan Stillwater threw a complete game, giving Moorpark a no-hitter.
San Juan Bosco 1, Mira Costa 0: Colin Caycedo threw a four-hitter and Hunter Friedberg had three hits for the Braves.
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 8, Crespi 2: The top-ranked Knights (15-1) had two hits from Dean West, Adam Shlesinger, Madden Ocko, Colin Brown and Kai Gonzaga in the Mission League win.
San Francisco 3, Chaminade 0: Lucas Dixon had three hits, Holden Deitch homered and sophomore Caleb Thatcher pitched a shutout, striking out nine, for San Francisco.
Loyola 5, Bishop Alemany 3: Cubs pick up Mission League win.
Eastvale Roosevelt 6, King 2: Christopher Romo struck out six in 3 2/3 innings for Roosevelt. Braden Annette hit two doubles.
Corona 6, Norco 5: The Panthers won in the 10th inning on a home run by Sam Burgess.
Corona Santiago 7, Corona Centennial 0: Michael Padilla struck out six, walked one and threw a four-hitter to pace Santiago.
Etiwanda 2, Chino Hills 1: Nicholas Neri had three hits in a complete game.
Tesoro 3, Trabuco Hills 1: Jake Lambdin had two hits for Tesoro.
Servite 4, Oregon Lakeridge 2: Roman Martin drove in two to lead Servite.
Arcadia 6, Glendale 5: Ian Hoffstetter improved to 6-0 and Gabe Lopez homered for Arcadia. Devon Eskridge had three hits and three RBIs.
Gahr 5, West Ranch 0: Noah Andrunas, Jayson Thomas and Victor Morales combined for four hits.
Quartz Hill 15, Knight 0: Logan Reddemann had three hits and three RBIs for Quartz Hill.
Villa Park 5, Foothill 1: Brandon Luuk struck out 10 in six innings. Gavin Grahovac and AJ Kordel each had three hits at Villa Park.
Arlington 3, South Hills 2: Cal Baptist’s Ryan Hetzler walked Sterling Patick, giving Arlington (8-4) three hits, which is on a six-game winning streak.
San Pedro 13, Rancho Dominguez 0: Bella Miller pitched a five-inning shutout in the Marine League opener.
Sophomore standout pitcher Addison Moorman of Granada Hills.
(Eric Sondheimer/Los Angeles Times)
Granada Hills 10, Birmingham 5: Addison Moorman struck out nine in Granada Hills’ West Valley League opener. Rebecca Lozano had two runs in Birmingham.
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 6, Bishop Alemany 1: Sarah Jacobs struck out six in six innings and Nadia Ledon and Marisela Gonzalez each had three hits for the 11-1 Knights.