(By Tim Haddock) The Hart and Saugus baseball teams are tied for first place in the Foothill League standings with 8-3 records. Both teams won their games on Friday. Hart beat West Ranch, 3-2, on a dramatic, seventh-inning home run. Nick Valaika broke a 2-2 tie with a solo home run in the seventh inning. He was 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Jack Ralston and Cody Miller also had RBIs.

Hart starter Paul Richan pitched a complete game, five-hitter. He struck out six and walked one.

Saugus beat Valencia, 8-5, to keep pace with Hart atop the Foothill League standings.

The Centurions scored four runs in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie. They tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning to build an 8-2 lead.

But Valencia scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut into the Saugus lead.

Brendan Griffith and Rex Kemple each drove in two runs for Saugus. Caden Gonzales was 2-for-4 with a double and scored two runs.

West Ranch and Valencia dropped into a third-place tie in the Foothill League with 7-4 records.

The Canyon baseball team beat Golden Valley, 10-6. Jason Rowe doubled and drove in two runs for Canyon. Vinnie Fitzgerald was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and scored two runs.

Canyon improved to 3-8 in league. Golden Valley dropped to 0-11.

The Santa Clarita Christian baseball team won a pair of Heritage League games against Trinity Classical Academy.

Santa Clarita Christian won the first game, 10-6. The Cardinals shut out Trinity, 10-0, in the second game.

Santa Clarita Christian, the No. 1 ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Division 7 poll, is 5-0 in the Heritage League.

The Master’s College baseball team made a quick exit in the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament.

The Mustangs lost their first game, 1-0, in 11 innings to Vanguard. They lost their second game, 6-3, to Westmont and were knocked out of the playoffs.

The Master’s College, ranked No. 12 in the NAIA, will play in the NAIA national tournament starting on May 12.


The West Ranch softball team beat Hart, 4-2, and improved to 6-0 in the Foothill League.

Julia Lombardi hit a two-run home run and Mollie Sorenson was 3-for-4 with a double and scored a run for West Ranch.

Abby Sweet was 2-for-3 and scored a run for Hart. The Indians dropped to 0-6.

The Saugus softball team beat Valencia, 15-3, and improved to 5-1 in the Foothill League, a game behind West Ranch.

Cassidy Fitzgerald was 4-for04 with three doubles and two RBIs for Saugus.

Valencia is in third place in the Foothill League at 3-3.

The Golden Valley softball team beat Canyon, 9-2, and won its second Foothill League game of the season.

The Grizzlies scored seven runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-2 lead.

Golden Valley starter Raquel Espinoza pitched a complete game, three-hitter. She struck out 11.

The Grizzlies improved to 2-4. Canyon dropped to 2-4.

The College of the Canyons softball team lost two games to College of the Desert and was eliminated from the California Community College Athletic Association playoffs.

The Lady Cougars lost the first game, 6-1, and the second game, 9-1, in the Southern California Regional.


The West Ranch boys tennis team won the Foothill League championship by defeating Valencia, 12-6. The Wildcats ended the nine-year run by Valencia as Foothill League champion.


The Valencia boys volleyball team swept Canyon and clinched at least a share of the Foothill League championship.

Valencia improved to 8-0 in the Foothill League. They have won 13 of the past 14 Foothill League titles.


The College of the Canyons men’s team won the Western State Conference championship at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena.

The COC men earned a berth in the Southern California Championships at Pauma Valley Country Club. They won the state golf championship in 2013 and have won five conference championships in a row.

Tim Haddock is the sports director at KHTS AM 1220. He writes for the SCV Beacon, the Ventura County Star, the Team USA website and covers auto racing for the K&N website. He can be reached by e-mail at tim@hometownstation.com. Follow him on Twitter @thaddock.