Prep Baseball Report

SoCal LA City Section Game of the Week: 5/6 - 5/11

Steven Hardesty
Central Coast/North LA Area Scout



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Ventura, Calif. - As the full spring of baseball across the California High School sections and Southern Section in playoffs, Los Angeles City Section and San Diego Section all playing games Prep Baseball California we are highlighting some final week of the season matchups.

This weeks match up features top two teams in the LA City Section squaring off to finish the spring season with the Birmingham Patriots taking on the Granada Hills Highlanders

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Granada Hills Charter Highlanders vs. Birmingham Community Charter Patriots

+ Date: 5/7/24 & 5/9/24

+ Time: 3:00 PM for both games

+ Location: Birmingham / Granada Hills 

+ Granada Hills 2024 Record: 18-8 Overall 

+ Head Coach: 

+ Birmingham 2024 Record: 17-8-1 Overall

+ Head Coach: Matt Mowry

+ Key Players (Granada Hills):  

+ '24 RHP Easton Hawk UCLA Commit

+ '25 INF John Barnett

+ '24 Jackson Lyons

+ '25 UTL Alex Schmidt

+ '24 Jack Donohoe

+ '24 INF/RHP Justin Barnett

+ '24 Diego Monreal

+ Key Players (Birmingham): 

+ '24 RHP Michael Figueroa

+25 INF/RHP Carlos Esparza 

+ 24 INF Jay Dalumpines

+ '24 OF Richard Barrera

+ '24 INF Andrew Valdez 

+ '24 RHP Daniel Martinez 

+ 24 OF Ernesto Martinez

Game Preview:  The Patriots currently hold a 1 game lead over the Highlanders as the two square off in this final week set. Granada Hills will need to win both games this week to take the crown in the West Valley League while the Patriots can claim another league title with just one win this week. Both teams have played 26 games this year and each pitching staff has been especially strong with the Patriots featuring a staff that has allowed only 86 runs over that span for under 4 runs per game while the Highlanders have allowed just 73 runs on the spring for under 3 runs per game. While on the offensive side the Highlanders have been steady all spring scoring 6.1 runs per game for a total of 158 runs on the season where the Patriots have been slightly less explosive scoring 4.2 runs per game for a total of 109 on the spring. The Patriots have been adept at winning close games with 6 wins by just one run and they will need to rely on the knack for winning tight games in what should be a pair of closely contested matchups between these two teams as they both vie for a league title.

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