DAY IN SPORTS: ALEMANY ON BRINK OF TITLE WIN.
Alemany of Mission Hills' S.J. Webster has two saves in the pitching circle this year and one from left field.
With runners at second and third and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Webster robbed Chaminade of West Hills senior Kim Weinstein of a hit with a diving catch down the left-field line to help preserve Alemany's 2-0 victory on Friday afternoon at Chaminade Middle School.
The victory gave Alemany (17-6, 7-1) sole possession of first place in the Mission League with two games remaining. The Indians can clinch their first league title since 1998 with a victory over Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks on Monday.
``I was playing pretty deep because (Weinstein) is a great hitter,'' Webster said. ``I knew I had to step up and make that play because it was starting to get pretty close and intense.''
Alemany scored two runs in the top of the first, keyed by senior third baseman Laura Kratchovil's RBI triple to left field. Kratchovil later scored on Ashley Durazo's RBI single to center.
Durazo and senior right-fielder P.J. Solomon were each 2 for 3. Teammate Jen Day earned the victory, giving up five hits and striking out two.
In other prep softball:
--Paraclete 7, Brentwood 1 Paraclete coach Margaret Neill recorded the 500th victory of her 26-year career.
``We're proud of her,'' Paraclete principal John Anson said. ``She's really made a difference.''
- Ramona Shelburne
--Royal 7, Thousand Oaks 1: Tyler Diamond and Corey Vane each hit a home run and had three RBI as host Royal of Simi Valley (22-3, 10-3) clinched at least a share of the league title, its first since 1999.
--Chaminade 5, Notre Dame 2: Blake Benveniste went 2 for 3 with a home run as host and league-leader Chaminade of West Hills (20-6, 9-1) moved a step closer to securing its third league title in four years.
--Saugus 9, Burroughs 2: Thomas Milone was 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBI and Danny Hughes finished 3 for 3 with a triple and an RBI for host Saugus, which clinched the outright league title.
RIO HONDO LEAGUE
--Going the distance: La Canada junior Andrew Nguyen broke two 13-year-old league records en route to victories in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle at the league finals at Pasadena City College. Nguyen clocked 1 minute 43.42 seconds in the 200 and 4:39.44 in the 500.
RIO HONDO LEAGUE
--Lucky seven: La Canada senior Maryann Boosalis doubled in the 100-yard butterfly (59.1 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.48) to cap her league career with seven individual titles at Pasadena City College.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||May 7, 2005|
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