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West Ranch Baseball Team Eliminated From CIF Playoffs

khts_sportsThe West Ranch baseball team lost to El Modena, 5-3, and was eliminated from the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.

El Modena jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings. But West Ranch cut the lead, 3-2, in the fourth inning. Josh Heinz drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly and Aaron Watkins knocked in JC Cloney with a single.

El Modena tacked on two insurance runs the fifth inning before West Ranch mounted a seventh-inning rally.

Down 5-2, West Ranch pushed across a run on an RBI double by Matt Blake in the seventh inning to cut the lead to two runs. The Wildcats had the tying runs on first and third, but Heinz tapped back to the pitcher to end the game and West Ranch’s season.

El Modena moves on to play Lakewood on Friday.


Valencia freshman Sophie Fiscella won the 50 freestyle at the CIF Southern Section Masters swim meet in Irvine and became the first swimmer from the Santa Clarita Valley to win a Masters meet event since 2008.

She won the 50 freestyle in 24.16 seconds. Fiscella was seventh in the 100 freestyle and swam on the 200 freestyle relay team for Valencia. The relay team was 13th.

Valencia teammate Micaela Velasquez finished fourth in the 200 freestyle breaking the school record in 1:51.76. She was fifth in the 100 freestyle and on the 200 freestyle relay team.

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