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VIBL: One up, 2 down in VIBL playoffs

Valencia moves on while Hart, West Ranch get knocked out

Posted: July 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Kyle Sanchez had two hits and three RBIs to help lead Valencia to an 8-3 win over Burbank the second round of the Valley Invitational Baseball League playoffs on Monday night.

J.D. Busfield went the distance for Valencia on the mound, allowing five hits and one earned run while striking out three.

“We pretty much separated ourselves early and J.D. was just cruising,” said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder. “He pitched really, really well.”

Sanchez hit RBI singles in the first and second inning and drew a bases-loaded walk in the third as the Vikings (8-6) jumped out to an early 8-1 lead in the third.

After the win over Burbank (14-6), the Valencia moves on to play El Camino in the quarterfinal on Wednesday in Woodland Hills.

Six different Viking batters hit safely in the game.

Valencia beat Calabasas 5-0 in the first round on Saturday.

Loyola 7, Hart 0

It was a quick finish for the Foothill League’s highest seeded team in the VIBL playoffs on Monday night.

As the sixth seed in a 23-team playoff bracket, Hart lost to Loyola 7-0 in Monday’s second-round VIBL playoff game at Hart High School.

The Indians (12-8) received a first-round bye before facing the tough pitching of Loyola (9-7-1).

Headed into the sixth inning, it was scoreless thanks to a strong outing by Hart starter Zach Hanks.

Hanks struck out five and gave up two hits in five scoreless innings of work.

“It was an opportunity for us to try to end it the right way, and it was a good summer,” said Hart head coach Jim Ozella. “We got a lot done. It was really good to see Hanks. Probably three out of his last four outings were outstanding.”

After Hanks came out, Loyola scored two runs in the sixth and added five more in the seventh.

Though Hart had been hitting well all summer long, it managed just four hits on the day. Two of them came from Luke Persico.

The Indians also stranded runners on second and third on two separate occasions in the game.

Valley North 5 (13 bases),
West Ranch 5 (12 bases)

On the other side of the bracket, West Ranch (6-8) was also knocked out in the second round after losing in a tiebreaker to Valley North on Monday.

The two teams played to a 5-5 tie after seven innings, but the game was called due to darkness. Top-seeded Valley North (13-3) edged out the Wildcats 13-12 in overall bases.

“We had some new guys come in and fill some of the holes that our seniors left,” said West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill. “We played some really good teams all summer long and even though we had a below .500 record, we thought we showed improvement.”

Jake Spurlin hit a two-RBI single and J.D. Krauskopf added an RBI of his own in the third inning for the Wildcats, who beat the Braves 6-0 on Saturday in the first round of the VIBL playoffs.



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