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Prep baseball: Golden Valley's Legion run comes to end

Posted: August 7, 2012 3:55 p.m.
Updated: August 7, 2012 3:55 p.m.

Golden Valley baseball got to play games in college ballparks and Minor League Baseball fields around the state.

The team traveled up and down the state facing some of California’s elite high school teams.

It all made a quick exit in the American Legion California state championship tournament a little easier to handle for the Grizzlies last weekend.

In the double elimination tournament this past weekend in Yountville, Golden Valley 9-1 to Capistrano Valley and 10-2 to San Rafael, marking an end to an extended summer run.

“I wish we would’ve done better, but that’s not going to let that take anything away from what a great summer this was,” said Golden Valley head coach Scott Drootin.

Golden Valley held its own in the early innings of its first game against Capistrano, but the high-powered team from Mission Viejo pulled away.

In the second game, the Grizzlies took a 1-0 lead toward the beginning, but squandered too many opportunities as they stranded eight runners on base in the first three innings.

Pitcher Nick Tejeda had a good series and Josh Lampariello was a strong contributor at the plate for the Grizzlies.

The two losses give Golden Valley a finishing record of 19-4-1 over the summer, which included victories in Legion district play in Lancaster’s Clear Channel Stadium.

From there, Golden Valley went on to take down the Legion Area 6 crown, which took place at UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium.

For the state championship, the team traveled to Northern California, stopping for sightseeing in San Francisco before eventually arriving at the Legion barracks in Yountville where they stayed.

“It was quite an experience, lots of fun,” Drootin said. “The kids had a lot of fun. They bonded.”



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