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AMERICAN LEGION DISTRICT 16: LOCKIN UP A TITLE FOR T.O. : THOUSAND OAKS 14, CAMARILLO 8.

Byline: Heather Gripp Staff Writer

Billy Lockin pushed up his sleeve, smiled and pointed to his deceptively slender right arm.

``Muscles,'' he said.

That's what Lockin and the Thousand Oaks American Legion team used to beat Camarillo 14-8 in Sunday's District 16 American League championship game at Thousand Oaks High. Thousand Oaks advances to the Southern California ``B'' Area tournament starting Wednesday at La Palma Park in Anaheim.

High school opponents know Lockin and his arm for the ability to fire across the infield and get runners out from deep in the hole. This summer, the scrappy senior shortstop is showing he can do more. Given a chance to swing away more often, Lockin is among Thousand Oaks' home run leaders. Legion also has provided an opportunity for Lockin to pitch. He struck out two in a hitless seventh inning Sunday.

``I've just been working out a little during the summer, getting stronger,'' Lockin said. He went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a walk and his fifth home run. Tracy Goebel who also went 3 for 4 and Ian Corso homered as well in Thousand Oaks' 13-hit attack.

Third-seeded Camarillo (16-11) is the only team to beat No. 1 Thousand Oaks (24-1) and threatened to do so again after rallying from a 9-0 deficit in the second inning.

Dylan Baum relieved Thousand Oaks starter Chris Cordeiro in the third and gave up Camarillo's first hit to Brad Boyer. Davey Komatsu drove in Baum and a sacrifice fly by J. D. Peterson made it 9-2. The closest Camarillo got was 11-8, after a two-run home run by Andrew Berkovich ignited a four-run sixth.

Thousand Oaks chased Camarillo starter Jimmy Alstot with no outs in the second. Alstot gave up nine runs on seven hits, a walk and a wild pitch.

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PHOTO Thousand Oaks American Legion's Billy Lockin is congratulated Sunday after swatting a home run.

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jul 26, 1999
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