Baseball: California completes sweep of Whittier; beats Cards 5-0 to stay in first


By Stephen Ramirez

California's Mike Elliott watches his two RBI double in the fourth inning of a prep baseball game against Whittier at California High School in Whittier, Calif., Friday, April 17, 2015. California won 5-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

California’s Mike Elliott watches his two RBI double in the fourth inning of a prep baseball game against Whittier at California High School in Whittier, Calif., Friday, April 17, 2015. California won 5-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)


WHITTIER – A loss is usually a bad thing, but a setback to Santa Fe last week may have been the perfect medicine for the California High School baseball team.
Mike Elliott and Gilly Rodriguez each hit two-run doubles and host California capped a two-game sweep over Whittier with a 5-0 victory over the Cardinals in a Del Rio League game on Friday.
Elliott also combined with Jakob Johnston on a three-hitter for the Condors, who improved to 14-3 overall and 5-2 in league play. They moved one game ahead of Whittier. Both teams entered the day in a four-way tie for first, along with Santa Fe and La Serna, who faced Pioneer and El Rancho, respectively, on Friday.
Whittier, which began the week atop the standings, slipped to 12-9 and 4-3.
Cal, which beat Whittier, 8-0, on Wednesday, took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Alex Gonzalez led off with a single and Louis Murillo followed with a one-out double. Elliott then doubled to left-center field for a 2-0 lead.

Cal coach Tony Nieto: “You never want to lose in league. It was kind of a wake-up call to re-energize us; re-establish our goals of not trying to do too much.
“Baseball, as you know, is a roller coaster of highs and lows. That (loss) was a low, and hopefully, we can keep going high right here.”

Whittier coach Eric Ramirez: “Today, it was a good baseball game and (Cal) earned it. We had a good effort. I’m proud of my team. We’re still in great shape and they’ll respond (the rest of the season).”

Cal’s Mike Elliott: “I was just trying to put the ball in play, just hit it hard somewhere to get us a run.”

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Thursday Recap: Morgan Ryan hit a two-run homer to lead Whittier Christian softball to defeat Village Christian 11-10

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Softball
Whittier Christian 11, Village Christian 10 — Morgan Ryan hit a two-run home run to lead the visiting Heralds (9-9, 1-1) to the Olympic League win.
Boys volleyball
Valley Christian 3, Whittier Christian 1 — Branden Osborn had five kills, two blocks and an ace, Seth Shumate had five digs and nine assists and Ron Bellamy had four kills and eight blocks for the Heralds (12-11, 2-2) in a 25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 25-17 Olympic League loss.

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Softball: La Habra makes statement in takedown of No. 4 Fullerton

La Habra's Alisha Esqueda (27) is congratulated after hittng a two-run home run as they play Fullerton in their Freeway League game at La Habra High School on Thursday April 16, 2015. La Habra defeated Fullerton 5-2. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

La Habra’s Alisha Esqueda (27) is congratulated after hittng a two-run home run as they play Fullerton in their Freeway League game at La Habra High School on Thursday April 16, 2015. La Habra defeated Fullerton 5-2. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)


By Stephen Ramirez

LA HABRA – La Habra High School was no where to found when the CIF-Southern Section released this week’s Division 2 softball rankings. But that likely to change next week.
Jessie Gomez had two hits and Alisha Esqueda hit a two-run home run as the host Highlanders made a loud statement Thursday with a 5-2 victory over No. 4 Fullerton in a Freeway League game.
Hannah Johnson and Janelle Rodriguez combined on a four-hitter for La Habra, which improved to 13-6 overall and 2-0 in league play. Erin Flores hit a two-run home run the third for the Indians, who slipped to 16-5 and 1-1.
La Habra rallied for the win after scoring its five runs during the last three innings.
The Highlanders, after cutting it to 2-1 in the fourth on a double by Nikki Butler and a RBI single by Jayanna Perez, scored two runs in the fifth for a 3-2 lead.
Billie Jean Wells reached second on a two-base fielding error and Gomez followed with a RBI double to tie it at 2. Rodriguez, who was 1 for 3, then hit a double to left-center field for a 3-2 lead.
Esqueda hit her two-run home run in the sixth for a 5-2 lead.


La Habra’s Jessie Gomez: “We knew they were going to be our toughest competition this year in the league. We really wanted to get this win, and it feels really, really good. We pick each other up a bit, and we talked (early on) about making adjustments. We did, and came out with the win.”

La Habra coach Melissa Gomez: “We got a couple of big hits that where very clutch. We’ve been working on that in practice. Hopefully, we can keep it up for the rest of the season.”

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Feature: La Serna’s Jamie Wren


By Stephen Ramirez

La Serna's Jamie Wren is again one of the area's best softball players and a key reason why the Lancers are among the favorites for a CIF-Southern Section title. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

La Serna’s Jamie Wren is again one of the area’s best softball players and a key reason why the Lancers are among the favorites for a CIF-Southern Section title. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)


WHITTIER — La Serna High School’s Jamie Wren has been one of the top softball players in the area over the past three seasons, and she’s continued to live up to that billing this season.
Wren, who had a break-out year in the circle last season, is again a key ingredient for the Lancers, who are seeking to get back to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title game after losing to region rival St. Paul last season.
“She’s dominating,” La Serna co-coach Mike Orona said. “She’s been shutting people out; she’s been doing a great job for us.
“This kid has confidence. When we get one run, we believe we are going to win. Jamie’s just shutting people down.”
She did the same a season ago, earning All-CIF-Southern Section Division 3 after going 25-3 with a 0.55 ERA. She had 112 strikeouts and gave up just 14 earned runs in 177 innings.
Wren is also one of the top hitters in the area. She hit over .400 the past three seasons, including a .500 average with 15 RBis this season.
But the senior’s big value to the Lancers comes in the circle, where she is 12-1 with a 1.01 ERA in helping La Serna to a 13-5 record. The Lancers are ranked No. 2 in Division 3 and No. 1 in the area.
“I just go out and play the same way I’ve always played,” Wren said. “I feel pretty much the same.”

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Wednesday Recap: Valerie Alvarado struck out nine and led La Mirada softball to shutout Artesia 14-0

Softball
La Mirada 14, Artesia 0 — Valerie Alvarado pitched six innings, striking out nine, and Monica Navarrete and Nicole Barrow each had two RBIs to lead the Matadores (6-11, 2-3) to the Suburban League victory. Angel Urbina had a triple and Kaylee Medrano had a double for La Mirada.
Baseball
La Mirada 9, Artesia 0 — Shawn Dumser pitched six shutout innings, striking out five and Omar Myzel went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a double to lead the Matadores (11-10, 4-1) to the Suburban League victory. La Mirada’s Daniel Jung went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a triple.

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