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DAILY NEWS INVITATIONAL ROUNDUP: ALEMANY, CLEVELAND MOVE TO TITLE GAME.

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Alemany of Mission Hills advancing to the championship game of the Daily News Invitational baseball tournament will surprise some. Just not the Indians themselves.

The combination of their 5-3 Thursday victory at Granada Hills and Westlake's 4-3 loss to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks propelled Alemany (4-0) into Saturday's 6:30 p.m. title game against Cleveland of Reseda (4-0) at Birmingham High.

Alemany was 12-13-1 last season and 3-8-1 in Mission League play. But the return of seven starters has equated to drastic improvement.

``We have a good team,'' said pitcher Scott Sistilli (2-0), who didn't allow a hit after Johnathan Beal's two-run homer in the second for the Highlanders' (1-3) lone hit.

``We want to come back and get some respect, prove to teams who we are.''

- Chris Cocoles

--Birmingham 7, Glendale 3: Right-hander Raul Campos allowed three singles and a walk and struck out nine in six-plus innings to carry the Patriots of Van Nuys (4-0) past the visiting Dynamiters (1-3).

Campos (2-0) used a lively fastball and excellent control to retire 13 of the first 14 batters. He has 19 strikeouts and has given up just five singles in 13 innings this season.

Glendale had the tying run at the plate with one out and the bases loaded in the seventh. But reliever Jose Carillo struck out Eric Guardado and got Zareh Sohbatian on a come-backer to end the game.

Leadoff hitter Manny Avitia was 3 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI for Birmingham.

- Gerry Gittelson

--St. Francis 1, Poly 0: Alex Gonzalez pitched five innings, allowing just one hit for the visiting Knights of La Canada (2-2) in a win over the Parrots of Sun Valley.

Gonzalez (1-1), who allowed three runs in four innings against Calabasas on Saturday, didn't allow a hit against Poly (2-2) until the fourth inning. Gonzalez, who struck out five and didn't walk a batter, threw 66 pitches, 41 for strikes.

- Nevin Barich

--Kennedy 6, Antelope Valley 5: Adam Geery struck out 10 and allowed two earned runs in six innings to lead host Kennedy of Granada Hills (3-1) to the victory. The 5-foot-11 senior helped his cause with a three-run home run over the 358-foot sign in left field in the second inning.

Carlo Mejia closed out the scoring for Kennedy with a two-out, 402-foot solo shot over the right-center fence as Kennedy took a 6-2 lead into the top of the seventh inning. Jason Bishop, Ozzie Lewis and Chris Cervantes had the only other Kennedy hits.

Greg Culver went 3 for 4 for Antelope Valley of Lancaster and scored a run. He had an inside-the-park home run in the seventh inning, highlighting a three-run comeback by the Antelopes (2-2).

- Julio Cortez

--South Gate 8, Burbank 0: The Bulldogs fell behind 6-0 after two innings and could not solve South Gate pitcher David Garcia, who gave up only three hits in six innings. Rafael Quintana gave up nine hits and all eight runs over five innings for Burbank. Reliever Ivan Novac struck out three in his two innings of work for the Bulldogs, who committed five errors.

--Palmdale 3, Marshall 2: Jason Cable allowed one hit and struck out 12 and Matt Monette doubled in the go-ahead run with two out in the top of the seventh for visiting Palmdale (3-1).

Cable (2-0), a junior left-hander, struck out seven consecutive batters, including the side in the second and third innings.

- Matt Marini

--El Camino Real 10, La Canada 0: El Camino Real of Woodland Hills (2-2) got five first-inning runs in the five-inning mercy-rule win over visiting La Canada (2-2).

The Conquistadores shelled Spartans starter Jesse Hirdler (1-1), who exited after one inning. He gave up a three-run homer to first baseman Chad Boyle.

Pitcher Greg Acheatel dominated on the mound for the Conquistadores with seven strikeouts in the complete game two-hitter.

- Justin Frank

--Highland 17, Reseda 4: Visiting Highland of Palmdale (3-1) pounded nine extra-base hits in the victory.

Leadoff hitter Robbie Rico went 4 for 4 with four RBI and four runs scored for the Bulldogs. He hit two home runs, including a three-run shot that traveled 380 feet over the left-center-field fence in the fifth inning to give Highland a 10-run cushion.

Jeff Bush and Luis Cabrera each had two hits for the Regents (2-2).

- Jack Pollon

--Van Nuys 12, Taft 7: The host Toreadors of Woodland Hills (0-4) saw the Wolves of Van Nuys (1-3) literally walk away with the game. Taft gave up 10 walks, as well as hitting three batters and committing four errors.

Van Nuys got a solid performance from pitcher Chris Sawhill, who scattered four hits and four runs over five innings, walking one and striking out three.

Taft leadoff hitter Missael Hernandez scored three runs, going 2 for 3 with a walk and four stolen bases. Casey Greene contributed three RBI on two singles.

- Richard Perkins

--North Hollywood 5, L.A. Baptist 3: Edgar Robles and Erick Melara homered, Melara also doubling in a 3-for-4 performance, as the Huskies (2-2) led all the way. Brian Myers homered and went 3 for 4 for the host Knights of North Hills (2-2).

--Harvard-Westlake 8, Grant 5: Josh Satin hit three home runs and drove in six runs for the Wolverines of Studio City (3-1), his last homer breaking a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning. Satin also tripled in a 4-for-4 effort to help Harvard-Westlake outlast a 10-hit attack by the visiting Lancers of Van Nuys (0-4).

--Monroe 10, Wilson 3: Rick Rivera went 3 for 4 with two RBI to lead an 11-hit attack by the host Vikings of North Hills, who are one of three City Section teams to finish 4-0 in the tournament.

--Lancaster 11, Verdugo Hills 0: Brett Jacobs and winning pitcher Justin Zarley homered, and Jacobs and Eric Ryan added triples for the host Eagles (1-3) in the win against the Dons of Tujunga.

--Roosevelt 18, Montclair Prep 1: Ricardo Romero struck out 14 in a three-hitter, Emanuel Moreno homered and Ramon Marquez doubled twice for the visiting Rough Riders of Los Angeles (3-1), who dropped the Mounties of Van Nuys to 2-2.

--Thousand Oaks 10, Eagle Rock 1: Alex Clyburn pitched a complete-game one-hitter and Brad Peters, Cole Cameron and Matt Ricatto each homered for Thousand Oaks in the victory.

--Note: Thursday's game between Quartz Hill and Franklin was rained out. It has been rescheduled for today at 3 p.m. at Franklin.

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Poly's Daniel Flores delivers a pitch during the Parrots' 1-0 loss to visiting St. Francis in Daily News Invitational baseball tournament play Thursday.

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