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By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
DUARTE – The Alhambra High School softball team defeated Duarte in a CIF-Southern Section Division 5 first-round playoff game Thursday afternoon.
The Moors’ 3-2 victory, however, could very well be overturned by CIF-SS officials.
Alhambra coach John Zabala said the Moors threw pitches with a wiffle ball before the start of the game. Duarte coach Paul Viteri protested to the umpires before the game’s start, although Zabala said he didn’t know that the game was being played under protest until he tried to shake Viteri’s hand in the postgame greeting.
“We do it the way we always do,” Zabala said of the pregame warm- ups. “We take about five feet off to the side and we use wiffles.
“We kind of teach our girls that we get beat on the field, we get beat on the field.”
A CIF-SS tournament bulletin from assistant commissioner Scott Raftery specifically says that any type of batting practice with any type of ball, including wiffle balls, is illegal.
STORY: A perfect game was all that was missing in Lauren O’Leary’s already unrivaled resume.
Three times this season, perfection eluded the La Ca ada High School senior, the most recent occasion in last week’s regular-season finale against Rio Hondo League foe South Pasadena.
O’Leary’s thought process Thursday was there was no thought process at all. It was only after striking out the last batter that the crowd’s celebration reminded her of the elusive feat.
O’Leary struck out 12 in recording her first career perfect game and earned her 21st victory to lead the Spartans to a 9-0 win over Ramona Convent in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs.
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FIRST ROUND SCORES
Arcadia 4, La Sierra 3 DIVISION 4
La Salle 3, Covina 2
El Segundo 2, Monrovia 0
Torrance 4, South Pasadena 3
St. Bonaventure 4, Temple City 2 DIVISION 5
Gabrielino at Long Beach Cabrillo, 3:30 DIVISION 6
Flintridge Prep at Vasquez
TEMPLE CITY – It’s not unusual for Temple City High School baseball coach Barry Bacon to coach siblings. It’s how it inevitably works out in this city, where siblings grow up playing Little League, then Pony and eventually land on Bacon’s baseball program.
“That’s our community,” Bacon said. “You get the older brother, you get the little brother. They grow up watching the older brother and understand what we’re doing here at Temple City.”
What’s unusual is coaching a set of brothers on varsity, much less two.
In his 14 years at the helm, Bacon never had coached two sets of brothers at once. That all changed last year when twins Calvin and Corey Copping joined the varsity pitching staff as sophomores.
Jonah Jarrard, a junior, joined varsity as a catcher his freshman year while his brother Julian, a senior, joined his sophomore year after spending his freshman year pitching on the junior varsity level.
SAN GABRIEL — The only way to describe the San Gabriel High School volleyball team’s domination Tuesday night was simpley amazement.
That’s the way Culver City coach Joe Manzo described the Matadors’ resilient play as second-seeded San Gabriel cruised to an easy 25-15, 25-20, 25-17 win in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoffs.
San Gabriel (26-3) will play for the championship Saturday at Cypress College at a time to be determined. The Matadors likely will draw top-seed Santa Monica, which made a semifinals run in Division 3 last year before moving down a division.