Oscar Lopez comes by way of at key moments in El Camino Real win

All-City left-handed pitcher Oscar Lopez of El Camino Real was dealing with one powerful state of affairs after one other Thursday in a West Valley League baseball recreation in opposition to Birmingham.

“That’s what you live for,” he mentioned. “Who doesn’t like the pressure? It makes me excited.”

In the fourth inning, he obtained a strikeout on a 3-and-2 slider with runners on second and third. In the fifth, he struck out Birmingham’s finest hitter, Gavin Taylor, with a runner on third. In the sixth, with the bases loaded, he obtained a groundout to finish the inning.

Lopez completed with seven strikeouts after throwing 105 pitches and 6 innings in El Camino Real’s 5-1 victory.

Twice El Camino Real coach Josh Lienhard made mound visits trying to maintain Lopez from being too pumped up. “I was trying to be too perfect,” Lopez mentioned after giving up three walks and 5 hits. “Coach settled me down.”

El Camino Real (6-3, 2-0) gained due to execution on some key moments. There was a bunt that led to an error and three runs within the third inning. There was catcher Eric Gonzalez throwing out a runner attempting to steal third. There was an ideal relay throw to catch two Birmingham runners on third. There was shortstop JJ Fagfoomsintu making the routine performs. There was middle fielder Jonathan Bogacz hitting a house run over the left-field fence for an insurance coverage run.

“That’s what we preach — playing catch,” Lienhard mentioned.

Birmingham dropped to 0-2 in league, shedding to the highest two rivals, El Camino Real and Granada Hills. The Patriots haven’t gained a league title since Matt Mowry grew to become coach in 2007 however have gained 4 City crowns.

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Granada Hills 4, Taft 1: Valencio Valadez threw an entire recreation for the Highlanders.

North Hollywood 7, Monroe 0: The Huskies gained their East Valley League opener behind Matthew Acosta, who threw the shutout.

Mater Dei 7, St. John Bosco 4: The Monarchs are 5-0 within the Trinity League and in sole possession of first place. Brody Connors had 4 hits and Derek Gonzales hit a house run. Wylan Moss struck out six in 3 2/3 innings of scoreless reduction.

JSerra 2, Santa Margarita 0: The Lions ended a five-game shedding streak behind Matt Champion, who allowed one hit whereas placing out 4 and strolling three.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 6, Harvard-Westlake 3: The Knights (10-1, 7-1) took their second straight Mission League recreation. Dean West had a house run.

Chaminade 8, Bishop Alemany 6: Vincent Van der Wel and Carter Bennett hit house runs for Chaminade. Jacob Ortega had three hits for Alemany.

Ayala 10, Colony 0: Ethan Nunez contributed three hits for Ayala.

La Mirada 8-1, Bellflower 0-0: Eric Jeon threw 5 no-hit innings for La Mirada within the first recreation and Donald Murray struck out 9 to within the second to finish the sweep. Maverek Russell had two hits and three RBIs within the opener.

Corona Santiago 4, Norco 1: Nick Lewis threw the whole recreation for Santiago.

Lakewood 2, Long Beach Wilson 1: Two runs within the second inning lifted Lakewood to the Moore League win.

Hart 6, Golden Valley 0: Troy Cooper and Chris Downs mixed on a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts and Brady Werther had three hits for Hart.

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Newbury Park 9, Ventura 0: Seven pitchers mixed on a three-hitter for Newbury Park. Tyler Field had two hits and two RBIs.


Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 10, Heritage Christian 0: Sarah Jacobs struck out six in 4 innings for the Knights.