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Valencia Gets First-Round Bye In Valley Invitational Baseball League Playoffs

khts_sportsThe playoff pairings for the Valley Invitational Baseball League are out. Valencia is the No. 2 seed and has a bye in the first round. They await the winner of the Birmingham-Calabasas game and will play on Saturday morning.

West Ranch is the fourth-seeded team and will play at home against Burroughs on Thursday.

Hart also has a home game. They play Granada Hills.

Saugus plays Agoura at home in the first round.

Golden Valley is on the road and plays Sylmar.

Canyon travels to play Royal, the third-seeded team in the playoffs.

Chatsworth earned the top seed in the summer league playoffs. They have a first-round bye and will play the winner of the Notre Dame-Quartz Hill game.

The championship game of the Valley Invitational Baseball League playoffs is July 30 at Birmingham High School.

In swimming, the California/Nevada Sectionals of the Speedo Championship Series begin today at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center.

The Canyons Aquatics Club and the City of Santa Clarita are hosting the swim meet, which is expected to attract hundreds of the top high school and college swimmers from California and Nevada.

The Canyons Aquatics Club has the largest sectional team at the meet. Among those on the team are Canyon High grads Kearsten Livingston and Nui Harris, West Ranch’s Riley Mita and Taylor Polesino, Hart grads Maggie Hanson and Chelsea Griffiths and Valencia’s Bob Hwang and Micaela Velasquez.

The swim meet concludes on Monday with a 5 kilometer open swim race at Castaic Lake.

At the USGA Junior Amateur Golf Championship, Daniel Lee of Valencia and JJ Holen of West Ranch did not qualify for the championship round of the tournament.

Each missed the cut for the match play portion of the tournament by one stroke. They were both 6-over par in the first two rounds of the Junior Amateur Championship at Egypt Valley Country Club in Michigan.

Lee shot 2-over par 74 in the second round. He had four bogeys and two birdies.

Holen was also 2-over par in the second round. He had six bogeys and four birdies.

CJ Espino, also from West Ranch, shot a 2-over par 74 in the second round after posting an 89 in the first round. He had three birdies, one bogey and one double bogey in his second round.

Gavin Hall from New York shot a course and USGA Junior Amateur record 10-under par 62. He is tied for second place at 9-under par after the first two rounds of the tournament.

Curtis Thompson from Florida leads the Junior Amateur championship after two rounds at 10-under par.

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The Dodgers lost a wild one, 7-5, to the San Francisco Giants last night. The Giants scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to come from behind and hand the Dodgers their sixth loss in a row.

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was ejected for hitting Aaron Rowand in the seventh inning. Dodgers manager Joe Torre was also ejected as was bench coach Bob Shaefer.

But the Giants mounted their comeback when Dodgers coach Don Mattingly was charged with making two visits to the mound when he went out to talk to Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton. As a result, he had to take Broxton out of the game and bring in George Sherrill, who didn’t warm up properly. Sherrill gave up a two-run double to Andres Torres that gave the Giants a two-run lead.

More bad news for the Dodgers, Manny Ramirez is headed to the disabled list again. He was put on the 15-day DL with a right calf strain Tuesday and is not expected to return to the Dodgers lineup until sometime in mid-August.

The Dodgers and Giants conclude their three-game series tonight at Dodger Stadium. It will be Chad Billingsley for the Dodgers against Barry Zito for the Giants. Pregame starts at 6:30 on AM 1220, KHTS.