It has been quite a week for Long Beach Poly pitcher Chris Castellanos. It began with a perfect game against Long Beach Wilson and ended Tuesday night a dramatic win against Moore League top dog Lakewood, the 34th-ranked team in the nation according to ESPNHS.
Castellanos went the distance in Tuesday's gut-wrenching 3-2 victory at Blair Field. The junior left-hander escaped a bases-loaded jam in the final inning. Last week Castellanos beat Wilson's Chase DeJong and this week he beat Lakewood's Shane Watson. Both DeJong and Watson have signed to play at USC next fall.
With the victory, Poly remained in the hunt for the Moore League title, improving to 7-1 in league and 19-4 overall. Lakewood is also 7-1 in league and 22-4 overall.
Other notable baseball action in south Los Angeles County:
For the first time in school history, Pasadena La Salle beat Bishop Amat, 7-6. Bishop Amat, the defending CIF-Southern Section Division 4 champs, blew a five-run lead and dropped only its second league game since joining the Del Rey League in 2007. La Salle (14-6-1, 6-1) and Amat (14-8, 8-1) face off again on Friday at Citrus College, with the winner gaining the upper hand in the league title race.
Bonita improved to 21-1 with a 4-1 win against Thousand Oaks. The Bearcats are the top-ranked team in Division 3.