A POWER STRUGGLE IN MARMONTE LEAGUE.
For power hitters and power pitchers, look no further than Wednesday's matchup between the Royal High and Westlake baseball teams.
The Highlanders have senior Scott Rice, whose pitches have been clocked in the 90s. He also leads the team with seven home runs, one ahead of Brian Lipman.
The Warriors counter with hard-throwing junior Jesse Kozlowski. Like the Highlanders, their batting order is full of home run threats. Kevin Howard has a team-high seven homers.
Royal beat Westlake 9-5 earlier in the season. The loss was the Warriors' first of the year. They have since slid into a tie for third after losing to Newbury Park on Friday. A win against the league-leading Highlanders would put Westlake right back in the race for the title. Agoura proved Royal is beatable last week when the last-place Chargers became the first Marmonte League team to beat the Highlanders.
The host Warriors haven't lost two games in a row all season and are undefeated at home.
Swimming: The Westlake girls face their biggest obstacle on the way to a Marmonte title when they face Royal on Wednesday. Both teams are undefeated in league.
The Highlanders are coming off a third-place finish at Saturday's Royal Invitational. Royal sophomore Carly Huffman won the 50 freestyle at the meet. She could give the Highlanders a big boost if she does so again Wednesday since Westlake's Tyran O'Leary is the defending league champ and a Southern Section finalist in the event.
Royal's Ryan Southwick and Westlake's Eric Patton compete for the Marmonte diving title starting with the league prelims Friday at Rancho Simi Park.
In the Frontier League, the Calabasas girls swim for a perfect record during the league's regular season when the Coyotes host Buckley today. Calabasas then has a week off to prepare for the league prelims.
Prep baseball: Firt Lutheran at Grace Brethren, 3:30 p.m.; Calabasas at Santa Clara, 3:30 p.m.; Oakwood vs. Viewpoint at Calabasas, 3;30 p.m.
Boys' golf: Salesian vs. Viewpoint at Malibu GC, 3 p.m.
Prep softball: Agoura at Moorpark, 3 p.m.; Newbury Park at Royal, 3 p.m.; Simi Vallet at Thousand Oaks, 3 p.m.; Santa Clara at Calabasas, 3:30 p.m.; Flintridge Prep at Rio Hondo, 3:30 p.m.; First Lutheran at Grace Brethren, 3:30 p.m.
Prep swimming: Buckley at Calabasas, 3:15 p.m.
Boys' tennis:Calabasas at Malibu, 3 p.m.; Viewpoint at Cate, 3:30 p.m.
Boys' volleyball: Carpinteria at Calabasas, 5:30 p.m.
College baseball: Moorpark at Hancock, 2:30 p.m.
College softball: Santa Barbara at Moorpark, 3 p.m.
Prep baseball: Moorpark at Simi Valley, 3 p.m.; Royal at Westlake, 3 p.m.; Thousand Oaks at Agoura, 3 p.m.; Loyola at Newbury Park, 3:15 p.m.
Prep softball: Cate at Cornerstone Christian, 3 p.m.
Prep swimming: Royal vs. Westlake at Newbury Park, 3 p.m.; Newbury Park at Agoura, 3 p.m.
Boys' tennis: Simi Valley at Westlake, 2:30 p.m.; Newbury and Thousand Oaks, 2:30 p.m.; Agoura vs. Royal at Rancho Simi Park, 2:30 p.m.
Boys' volleyball: Agoura at Simi Valley, 6 p.m.; Harvard-Westlake at Thousand Oaks, 6 p.m.; Moorpark at Westlake, 6:30 p.m.
Boys' golf: Marmonte League finals, noon; Cathedral vs. Viewpoint at Malibu GC, 3:30 p.m.
Prep softball: Thousand Oaks at Westlake, 3 p.m.; Moorpark at Simi Valley, 3 p.m.; Agoura at Newbury Park, 3 p.m.; Faith Baptist at Grace Brethren, 3:30 p.m.
Boys' tennis: Ventura at Newbury Park, 2:30 p.m.; Santa Paula at Calabasas, 3:30 p.m.
College baseball: Moorpark at Oxnard, 2:30 p.m.
College softball: Moorpark at Hancock:
Prep baseball: Agoura at Westlake, 3 p.m.; Newbury Park at Royal, 3 p.m.; Thousand Oaks at Moorpark, 3 p.m.; Calabasas at Santa Paula, 3:30 p.m.; Viewpoint at Thatcher, 3;30 p.m.; Bishop Diego at Oak Park, 3:30 p.m.
Ribet at Grace Brethren, 3:30 p.m.; Santa Paula at Calabasas, 3:30 p.m.
Prep diving: Marmonte prelims at Rancho Simi Park.
Boys' tennis: Thousand Oaks at Agoura, 2:30 p.m.; Royal at Simi Valley, 2:30 p.m.; Moorpark at Westlake, 2:30 p.m.
Prep track: Ventura County championships at Royal, 2:30 p.m.
Boys' volleyball: Viewpoint at Oakwood, 3:30 p.m.; Malibu at Calabasas, 5:30 p.m.; Newbury Park at Agoura, 6 p.m.; Simi Valley at Westlake, 6 p.m.
Prep baseball: Westlake at Loyola, 11 a.m.; Cornerstone Christian at Dunn (DH), 1 p.m.
Prep softball: Thousand oaks tournament: Newbury Park vs. Saugus at Los Cerritos Middle School, 9 a.m.; Simi Valley vs. Hart at Los Cerritos, 9 a.m.; El Camino Real vs. Camarillo at Los Cerritos, 11 a.m.; Moorpark vs. Garden Grove at Thousand Oaks Community Center, noon; Rio Mesa vs. Santa Barbara at Los Cerritos, 1 p.m.; Hoover vs. Thousand Oaks at Los Cerritos, 3 p.m.; Cerritos vs. Calabasas at Los Cerritos, 3 p.m.; Westlake vs. Highland at Los Cerritos, 3 p.m.
Prep volleyball: Royal at Redondo tournament, all day.
College baseball: Moorpark at Cuesta, 1 p.m.
College softball: Moorpark at Cuesta, noon; Cal Lutheran at UC San Diego (DH), noon.
BOX: THIS WEEK (See text)