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DAILY NEWS INVITATIONAL VICTORY ROUNDUP: VALENCIA ROLLS OVER HIGHLAND.

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Valencia High junior Jimmy Rohan's job as the team's leadoff hitter is to ignite the offense.

He did exactly that Friday, getting two hits - including a double, two RBI, and a run scored, in a six-run first-inning rally - to lead the Vikings to a 13-3 season-opening victory over Highland of Palmdale in a Daily News Invitational game at Valencia.

The game was called in the first inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Rohan drew a two-out, bases-empty walk that started a four-run rally in the third.

Joey Morelli had three hits, including a double, and Danny Braun was 2 for 3 with a two-run homer.

Valencia starter Kyle Wilson (1-0) struck out seven in four innings of two-hit ball, in which he allowed one unearned run.

- Gideon Rubin

In other games:

--Cleveland 12, Notre Dame 1 Steve Boyer hit a grand slam and the Cavaliers of Reseda scored eight runs in the third inning to defeat the Knights of Sherman Oaks in a game called after six innings at Notre Dame.

Byron Grubman (1-0) complemented Cleveland's offense with solid pitching. Grubman gave up three hits in five innings, striking out five and walking four.

Notre Dame's lone highlight was a Brett Hayes home run in the bottom of the second. Defensively, the sloppy Knights (0-1) committed seven errors, leading to four unearned runs for Cleveland (1-0).

-Bryan Rodgers

--Grant 3, Thousand Oaks 2: Emilio Gomez was 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI as the Lancers of Van Nuys earned nickname-bragging rights over the Thousand Oaks Lancers in the season opener for both teams at Thousand Oaks.

Larry Brown pitched a complete game, scattering six hits and walking a batter. The senior, who threw 49 of his 75 pitches for strikes, had six strikeouts including a four-pitch shutdown of Adam Woyanksy on the final at-bat of the game.

Brown got things started for Grant (1-0) in the second inning when he led off with a single to right. Grant, which returns six starting seniors, followed with bunt attempts by Jeremy Harrison and Jake Buttikofer before Luis Salcedo's hard hit to third drove in Brown. Grant scored its second run two hitters later on Gomez's single that drove in Harrison.

- Julio Cortez

--Kennedy 5 Quartz Hill 4: When the defending City Section champion needed a lift, Chris Schreiber was there to deliver. The senior left fielder hit a bases-loaded, two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Cougars of Granada Hills (2-0) to their second win in as many days.

Kennedy starting pitcher Danny Mata gave up two runs on four hits in two innings of work before he was relieved by Adam Geery in the third. Geery, a junior, also didn't have much luck against the visiting Rebels, who made it 4-0 on Jacob Ingram's RBI triple.

- Sean Ceglinsky

--Harvard-Westlake 7, Birmingham 4: The visiting Wolverines of Studio City (1-0) rallied to score five runs in the top of the seventh, then halted a bases-loaded Birmingham rally to win.

Both teams got strong performances from their starting pitcher. Harvard- Westlake's Robert Young found himself in trouble only once when the Patriots (0-1) scored three runs in the fourth.

Birmingham's Patrick Roark pitched 6 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked one. He allowed two runs through six innings but lost control with one out in the seventh.

That's when the Wolverines attacked.

Harvard-Westlake's Robert Lowenthal (2 for 4, three RBI), who hit a solo shot off Roark in the fourth, drove in two runs on a bases-loaded triple off reliever Lucio Tapia to tie the game. Josh Satin followed with a two-run double to put the Patriots away.

Birmingham's Andrew Ipapo (3 for 4, one RBI) hit the ball solidly all game but with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, hit into a game-ending double play.

- Aaron Thomas

--Glendale 11, Monroe 0: Robert Vargas combined with Ruben Escobar for a no-hitter and Bryan Aguila hit a grand slam to lead the Nitros past the Vikings of North Hills (0-2) at Glendale.

Vargas threw five innings, allowing only two baserunners and striking out three. Escobar came on in the sixth to retire the side.

Glendale (1-0) grabbed an early 2-0 lead. Shortstop Kevin Hickcox was hit by a pitch in the first inning and scored on a double by Keith Hamasaki. Aguila followed with a single up the middle to drive in Hamasaki.

-Rob Moscato

--L.A. Baptist 10, Eagle Rock 1: Senior Ryan Rycroft had a big day for the Knights of North Hills as he pitched a complete-game five-hitter and struck out eight with no walks in a win at L.A. Baptist. Rycroft helped his own cause with a home run and two runs scored.

Senior shortstop Andrew Petersen slugged a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the Knights (1-0) comfortably ahead and give them their final runs.

Brian Myers and Joey Chavez each had two RBI for L.A. Baptist and John Guettler scored two runs. Myers doubled home two runs in the first inning, giving L.A. Baptist a 3-1 lead.

Eagle Rock (1-1), which beat Monroe in its opener Thursday, managed just five singles. The Eagles scored their only run in the first inning when Jose Lopez singled in Michael Sanchez.

- Jack Pollon

--North Hollywood 6, Antelope Valley 5: Eliseo Raigoza hit a RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to give the Huskies (1-1) a dramatic victory over the Antelopes (0-1) at North Hollywood.

Erick Malara led off the seventh for the Huskies with a walk and advanced to second on a single by D.J. Lewis. Malara stole third to get into position for the winning run.

Malara was trouble all game for the visiting Antelopes. He was 3 for 3 with a three-run home run in the fifth which briefly gave North Hollywood a 5-3 lead.

- Christian Kinney

--Montclair Prep 5, South Gate 4: Sophomore Paul DeMent went 2 for 4 with four RBI and scored two runs to lead the Mounties of Van Nuys (1-0) at Mission Hills Little League Senior Complex.

DeMent hit a two-run home run in the third inning, giving the Mounties a 2-0 lead, and had a two-run single in the sixth inning, which proved to be the difference.

Sophomore left-hander Kevin Pollack picked up his first varsity pitching win, going five strong innings. He yielded one run on five hits, struck out four and walked three. Junior Brian Trump came on in the seventh inning and got the final out to pick up the save.

The Rams (0-1) made it a game when Jose Garcia hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning off DeMemt, but Trump came in and closed the door on South Gate.

-Jack Pollon

--St. Francis 7, Franklin 3: Matt McColgan and Marty Marquardt drove in two runs each and Jack Pinkerton scored twice to lead the Golden Knights of La Canada in a season opener for both teams at Franklin of Los Angeles.

Senior right-hander Tim Ragus struck out nine in six innings to pick up the victory.

- Kirby Lee

--Westlake 11, Wilson 1: Justine Blaine (1-0) tossed a one-hitter and Mike Nickeas, Tyler Adamczyk and Luke Riordan all homered for the Warriors (1-0), ranked second by the Daily News, in a win over the Mules of Los Angeles (0-1) at Westlake.

--Palmdale 13, Verdugo Hills 5: The Falcons (1-0) scored nine runs in the first inning en route to an easy win over the Dons of Tujunga (0-1) at Palmdale.

--Burbank 5, Marshall 4: Ray Sanchez and Randy Akasaka both scored for the Indians (1-0) in a win over the Barristers of Los Angeles (0-1) at Marshall.

--La Canada 11, Van Nuys 6: The Spartans opened their season with a win at La Canada.

DAILY NEWS Invitational VICTORY

FRIDAY'S SCORES

--Burbank 5, Marshall 4

--Chaminade 1, El Camino Real 0

--Cleveland 12, Notre Dame 1

--Glendale 11, Monroe 0

--Granada Hills 5, Calabasas 1

--Grant 3, Thousand Oaks 2

--Harvard-Westlake 7, Birmingham 4

--Kennedy 5, Quartz Hill 4

--L.A. Baptist 10, Eagle Rock 1

--La Canada 11, Van Nuys 6

--Lancaster 2, Poly 2 (darkness)

--Montclair Prep 5, South Gate 4

--North Hollywood 6, Antelope Valley 5

--Palmdale 13, Verdugo Hills 5

--St. Francis 7, Franklin 3

--Valencia 13, Highland 3

--Westlake 11, Wilson 1

Today's Games

--Birmingham at Grant

--El Camino Real at Marshall

--Highland at Glendale

--L.A. Baptist at Burbank

--La Canada at Antelope Valley

--Lancaster at Chaminade

--Montclair Prep at Quartz Hill

--Notre Dame at Calabasas

--Palmdale at Harvard-Westlake

--Poly at Granada Hills

--South Gate at Cleveland

--Thousand Oaks at St. Francis

--Van Nuys at Franklin

--Verdugo Hills at Wilson

--Westlake at Valencia

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