Tornadoes capture tournament

March 11, 2012


Hoover wins tournament: The Tornadoes captured the 11th annual Pete Brown First-Serve Tournament Saturday at West Torrance High. Hoover registered 6-0 "B" Division victories against Bishop Amat, St. Bonaventure and North Torrance before recording a 4-2 victory against West Torrance, which took the "A" Division, in the championship match.

Playing pro sets in the eight-team event, Hoover received 8-5, 8-0, 8-0 pool-play wins before earning an 8-0 championship victory. Emile Ohanyan of Hoover posted an 8-0, 8-0, 8-1 win before netting an 8-4 title win. Hoover's Vardan Adzhinyan posted 8-0, 8-0, 8-3 wins and then recorded an 8-3 title victory.


"Winning a tournament like this will give us a lot of confidence heading back [into the Pacific League]," Hoover Coach Julie Hoppe said. "We faced a lot of good competition and we got more experience."


Crescenta Valley 6, San Fernando 5 (six innings): The Falcons rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday to walk off with a comeback win on the strength of a two-run single by freshman Tiffany Briscoe in the Lincoln Classic tournament. Chloe Fairbrother got the win in the circle as the Falcons improved to 4-0 on the season. The game was six innings due to tournament time constraints.

Sophomore Olivia Thayer got the win in the circle earlier in the day, as Crescenta Valley defeated Bellarmine-Jefferson, 13-5. Amber Alsaman delivered the big blast, hitting a grand slam for the Falcons.

Hoover 7, Concordia 1: The Tornadoes improved to 2-1 with a victory in the Lincoln Classic on Saturday.

Briana Manzanero went the distance and struck out seven, while Jenesy Gonzalez had two runs batted in.

Lincoln 8, Flintridge Sacred Heart 3: In the second game of a Saturday doubleheader in the Lincoln Classic, the Tologs were tied at 3 heading into the seventh, but gave up five runs. The Tologs played the game without two starters.

In their first game, they were without three starters, but still prevailed, 4-1, against L.A. Baptist on the strength of a stellar pitching performance from Alex Eaton, who went the distance and struck out 10. She also had two runs batted in and Kaitlin Powers had two hits.

Burbank 8, Whittier Christian 1: Freshman pitcher Caiylyn Brooks struck out eight to gain the win for the Bulldogs Friday in a Duarte Tournament game at Duarte High.

Nalani Hernandez was two for three with two runs scored and Lily Winn scored two runs to help pace Burbank (2-1).


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