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Prep baseball: G.V. claims Area 6 crown

With win, Golden Valley advances to state Legion championships

Posted: July 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley’s storybook summer is still alive.

The Grizzlies knocked off St. Bernard High of Playa del Rey 9-2 on Sunday in the championship game of the American Legion Area 6 tournament at UCLA.

Golden Valley, which was the lone Foothill League team to opt out of the Valley Invitational Baseball League tournament, will now head to the Legion state championships beginning Friday in Yountville.

“They’re so excited,” said Golden Valley head coach Scott Drootin of his players. “This is what the summer’s been about. The summer has been work to us because we wanted to show we could win.”

The Grizzlies have certainly done plenty of that, now improved to 19-2-1 in overall summer competition.

In Sunday’s game, Golden Valley used a handful of timely hits to set itself apart.

Lukas Granado hit a go-ahead three-run triple in the third inning to put the Grizzlies up 3-1.

Jaden France brought Granado home with a double to make it 4-1.

It was smooth sailing from there as Nick Tejada put together a strong performance on the mound.

He started the game and went five innings, allowing one earned run off four hits while striking out three to earn the victory.

Josh Baldacci closed out the game by pitching a pair of scoreless innings.

“It was great team chemistry,” Drootin said. “We’re not depending on one or two guys, it’s the whole team. Kids are rooting for each other, playing for each other, getting exciting for each other.”

Josh Lampariello gave Golden Valley some insurance with an RBI double in the fourth and Tejada broke it open with a two-run triple of his own in the seventh.

At this weekend’s state championship, Golden Valley will compete against five other regional winners from around California.

The tournament runs through August 7.



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