Updated 9:55 p.m.:
The city of Los Angeles has new baseball champions. El Camino Real High School of Woodland Hills edged out Chatsworth High in extra innings in the city section division championships Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
The Conquistadores won 5-4 in the ninth inning (high school ball generally goes seven innings).
What seemed a ho-hum game early on—with El Camino scoring one run in the first inning and two in the second and then runs from neither team for the next four innings—changed suddenly in the top of the seventh, when Chatsworth scored three runs, tying the score.
In the top of the ninth inning, Chatsworth’s number six, Justin Vega, scored a go-ahead run on a squeeze by Scott Voets, number 14, and it became do-or-die time for ElCo.
Mitchell Dergazarian, number 19, and Hayden Rappoport, number 18, each hit for singles and, with two outs, JJ Crane, number 8, came to bat for El Camino. With the crowd on its feet and chants from both sides of the stadium and a full count at bat, Crane hit a grounder out to the edge of left field, allowing both his teammates to score, ending the game.