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Prep sports roundup: Granada Hills wins West Valley League baseball title


On Senior Day, Jackson Lyons notched a hat-trick in Granada Hills' 4-2 win over Birmingham.

On Senior Day, Jackson Lyons notched a hat-trick in Granada Hills’ 4-2 win over Birmingham. (Eric Sondheimer/Los Angeles Times)

Jackson Lions’ Granada Hills High jersey was covered in dirt from a head-first slide in the fifth inning after his triple gave the Highlanders the lead against Birmingham on Thursday.

“We worked hard for that moment,” he said. “That chip took over everything.”

Granada Hills’ three-run fifth-inning rally led the Highlanders to a 4-2 victory, giving them their fourth straight West Valley League championship and a potential No. 1 seed in the City Division Open Division playoffs when the pairings are released on Saturday. Birmingham (12-3) ended up losing its final three league games and finished in second place.

Birmingham opened up a 2-0 lead in the first half on home and away ground. Juan Tirado hit a home run for Granada Hills (13-2) in the third period. The Highlanders then got Lyons’ clutch triple to right field, followed by an RBI single from Jack Donohoe. Colin Azue closed out two scoreless innings.

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Granada Hills pitchers Easton Houck, Alex Schmidt and Azoy came out strong to win the league title. The Highlanders finished the regular season with a 5-0 win over Cleveland, a 2-0 win over Birmingham and Thursday’s victory.

Now they have to figure out how to do better in the playoffs. They have yet to make it to Dodger Stadium in the past three seasons. Lyons knows what he’s going to do with his dirty jersey.

“If I get to Dodger Stadium, this jersey is going to get dirty and I’m going to put it on a plaque,” he said.

Birmingham is back where they like it – as the underdog. For 18 years under coach Matt Morey, the Patriots never won a division title, but they did win five city titles. The two teams believe they may meet again on May 25 at Dodger Stadium. But Birmingham has some pitching issues, having lost its No. 2 pitcher to an arm injury. The Open Division playoffs begin Tuesday, with the top four seeds getting a bye in the first round.

Cleveland 3, Taft 0: Joshua Perlstein delivered a two-hit double. Taft finished third in the West Valley League, El Camino Real fourth and Cleveland fifth.

Softball

Garden Grove Pacifica 13, Oaks Christian 2: Kaniya Bragg had four hits and five RBIs and Brynne Nally allowed two runs in six innings for Pacifica. Bragg hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Pacifica will play JSerra in the Division I semifinals on Saturday.

Orange Lutheran 7, Anaheim Canyon 4: Zara Mineo finished with three RBIs and Olivia Oskorus had three hits to lead Orange Lutheran, which will play Murrieta Mesa in the semifinals. Sam Gresham had a three-run home run for Canyon.

Jesera 2, Great Oak 0: Abby Ford struck out 13 with one walk to lead in JSerra. Angelina Jimenez hit a solo home run for the Lions.

Murrieta Mesa 12, Huntington Beach 0: Lily Hauser had five RBIs and also struck out 12 and allowed one hit to Murrieta Mesa.

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