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Chris Downs’ relief pitching lifts Hart to 4-3 upset of Villa Park

Chris Downs is 6 feet 8 inches tall and when he’s on the mound he can look very intimidating.

The Hart High senior came through on Tuesday with five strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings of impressive relief to help the Indians give Villa Park their first 4-3 loss.

Sierra Canyon 2, Crespi 2: A seventh-inning home run by sophomore Diego Velazquez to Crespi tied the score during a game that was halted by darkness after seven innings.

Crespi is 7-0-2 and Sierra Canyon is 8-0-1. Kehden Hettiger hit a 2-run home run for Sierra Canyon, while Ethan Kodama added a home run for Crespi.

Corona Centennial 3, Ramona 0: Left-hander Jaden McNeely threw a 12-strikeout no-hitter for 8-0 Centennial.

15 Harvard-Westlake, Loyola 2: Owen Carlson had three basehits and Thomas Bridges struckout nine batters without a walk to lead Harvard-Westlake.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 3, Chaminade 1: Levi Sterling struckout three batters in the seventh for the save as Notre Dame improved to 7-0. Madden Ocko and Adam Shlesinger each had two hits.

St. Francis 1, Bishop Alemany 0: Sophomore Caleb Thatcher struckout nine, walked one and went the distance for St. Francis.

St. John Bosco 8, Servite 4: Leadoff hitter Hunter Friedberg hit three hits in the Braves’ Trinity League win.

Mater Dei 4, J Serra 1: Landon Gordon went the distance and Dylan Wetzel hit a two-run home run in a Trinity League opener. So the two Trinity favorites, JSerra and Orange Lutheran, are both at 0-1.

3 Newbury Park, Flintridge Prep 0: Derek Turner threw a 14-strikeout no-hitter for Newbury Park.

Bishop Amat 5, Gardena Serra 4: Miguel Perez came through with the walk-off hit for Bishop Amat.

Long Beach Wilson 9, Bellflower 2: Jace Orozco had three RBI’s for Wilson.

Costa Mesa 5, Santa Ana 0: Michael Joyce went the distance, struckout eight batters and helped Costa Mesa improve to 9-0.

Sylmar 11, VASE 0: Freshman Alex Martinez struckout eight in four innings for Sylmar.


Esperanza 11, spur 0: The Aztecs won in five innings. Audrey Robles had four hits, including two home runs, and six RBI’s.

11 Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Chatsworth 0: Ella Parker hit two home runs and finished with three hits and four RBIs for Notre Dame.

J Serra 9, Dana Hills 0: Kealani Caster hit a home run, Mia Krueger had three hits and Eva Hurtado struckout 11 batters to lead JSerra.

El Camino Real 6, Bishop Alemany 0: Sarah Delgado threw a one-hitter while Akane Gonzalez had two hits.

Los Alamitos 11, Fountain Valley 9: Audrey Hobbs and Morgan Fitzpatrick each had three hits for Los Alamitos.