LA North: Five things from the weekend

Five things from the weekend 4-11-11

It was spring break for most of the schools in the LA North. That means tournament time. The Valencia High School baseball team traveled to Tennessee for the USA Baseball Classic. The Golden Valley baseball team fared well in the Coachella Valley tournament. Crescenta Valley won the Babe Herman tournament at Stengel Field in Glendale. Here’s a look at how the players on those team did:

1. The Valencia baseball team won four games in the USA Baseball Classic in Memphis, Tenn. Quincy Quintero earned tournament most valuable player. Alex Bishop and Nick Rivas made the all-tournament team. Quintero went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs in Saturday’s championship game, a 6-1 win over Bishop Verot from Ft. Myers, Fla. Valencia starter Jake Roberge tossed a four-hitter. Jason Spigner hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run and Bishop had two hits. Valencia opened the Baseball Classic with an 8-3 win over Briarcrest Christian of Tennessee. The Vikings beat Collierville of Tennessee, 8-0, and Christian Brothers, 7-5, to reach the championship game.

2. The Golden Valley baseball team made an impressive run through the Coachella Valley tournament, beating Brawley, 7-4, in extra innings in the championship game. Billy Fredrick hit a three-run home run in the 10th inning to win the game. He was 2-for-5 with four RBIs. Scott Barlow earned tournament most valuable player. He pitched three scoreless innings in the championship game. Josh Smith, Rocky Sherwood and Chris Galvez made the all-tournament team.

3. After a three-year hiatus, the Babe Herman tournament returned. Crescenta Valley won the 10-team tournament, 1-0, over West Torrance in extra innings. Elliott Surrey knocked in the only run in the game with an RBI single in the eighth inning. Surrey also pitched two scoreless innings in relief to earn the win. Tyler Pollack scored the winning run. Troy Mulcahey started the game and pitched six scoreless innings.

4. The Simi Valley and Highland softball teams had impressive tournament runs, but each came up a game short of a championship. Simi Valley beat Diamond Bar, 2-0, in the third-place game of the Arroyo Grande tournament. Sophia Perez tossed a three-hitter and struck out 13. Jenn Soria went 2-for-3, drove in a run and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. She was 8-for-13 with seven RBIs in four games in the tournament. Highland shut out Serrano, 4-0, behind a three-hitter from Aryn Freickert. She struck out 14 in the complete game win. Alexis Traube hit a first-inning home run and was 3-for-3 against Serrano. Michelle Harston was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs.

5. The 44th annual Arcadia Invitational track and field meet, one of the more prestigious meets in the country, saw some national record performances, highlighted by Agoura’s Johnathan Cabral in the hurdles. He set the meet record in the 110-meter hurdles at 13.43 seconds. He also recorded the sixth fastest time in meet history in the 300-meter hurdles in 36.42 seconds. Both times were personal bests for Cabral. The Harvard-Westlake girls 1,600 sprint medley relay team ran the fastest outdoor time in the nation at 3:59.75. The Oaks Christian girls 800 sprint medley relay team set the second-fastest time in the nation in 1:46.77. Simi Valley’s Sarah Baxter won the loaded 3,200 race setting a school record and posting the top time in the nation. She won the race in 10:14.11, the fifth-fastest time in meet history, and beat the reigning state champion, Molly Grabill of Rancho Bernardo. The race also featured Amy-Eloise Neale of Glacier Park, Wash., who had the second-fastest in the nation in the 3,200 entering the meet.