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Weekend Recap

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Harvard Westlake (Westlake, Calif.) played a double header with Valencia (Valencia, Calif.) winning the first game 4-2 and tying game two 5-5. Sophomore Jackson Grayson continues to impress for Harvard Westlake. The Wolverines outfielder contributed a couple of hits in the game one victory in addition to being a steady hand defensively.

"He had a great day in the outfield for us," said Harvard Westlake head coach Matt LaCour.

Arden Pabst, a Georgia Tech commit,  belted a two-run home run and Conor Cuse got the win for the Wolverines.

"While not sharp, he (Cuse) only gave up one run in four innings," said LaCour.

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Ayala (Chino Hill, Calif.) lost 8-5 in 10 innings to Centennial (Corona, Calif.) on Saturday. After a brutal first inning in which Ayala committed three errors and walked four batters, the Bulldogs battled back to tie the game before losing in extra frames.

Anthony Rabito continues his torrid pace going 3-for-4 with two doubles. "After a rough season last year, he's been consistently driving the ball for us," said Ayala head coach Chris Vogt.

Adding to his consistent fall/winter performances, Kevin Neih went four innings striking out five and allowing one run. According to Vogt, Neih is competing for the second spot in the rotation.

"He was cut by the previous coach during his sophomore year," said Vogt. "He tried out last year and ended the year on varsity."

Ayala has a tough schedule this week as they take on Laguna Hills on Thursday before hosting Bishop Amat for two on Saturday.

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Pitching appears to be a strength again this season for Glendora (Glendora, Calif.) as five pitchers combined to shutout South Hills (West Covina, Calif.) and claim a 3-0 win on Saturday.

Scott Burke threw three no-hit/shutout innings for the Tartans. Burke, a UCLA commit, was in complete control against the vaunted offense South Hills.

The Tartans also got a shutout inning from sophomore Ryan Beyer who appears to be next in a long line of great pitchers produced by the program.

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Attrition has been the name of the game for JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) as they've lost several key players to college and the draft over the last two seasons. However, head coach Brett Kay likes what he's beginning to see from his 2013 squad.

"The position player aspect is beginning to take shape," said Kay. "Players are beginning to handle where they are as a unit."

You can always count on Kay's teams to execute the little things in games and not make costly mistakes and that is the case again this year.

"Defensively, as a unit, we've made big improvements," said Kay. "Our pitching is starting to take shape too."

On the mound, JSerra got a big boost when Zach Gloyne transferred from Virginia to pair up with Sophomore LHP Quentin Longrie to shore up the top of the rotation.

"Longtrie has been undoubtedly our best guy on the mound," said Kay. "No one really knows him, but he's going to be a bigtime high school athlete."
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