Help Kids Round First with Equipment Donations

Photo courtesy Mark Miller
An impressive haul of equipment was donated just one hour into the first local drive for Helping Kids Round First, which was held at the La Cañada Baseball Softball Association tryouts in January. Another equipment drive is scheduled on Picture Day on March 10.

If someone in your household plays youth baseball or softball, there’s probably a new bat in the family this season — and an old bat that’s not much use anymore. Continue reading “Help Kids Round First with Equipment Donations”

Pasadena’s Friedman Helps Build Dodgers Into World Series Contenders

Andrew Friedman
Photo courtesy Jon SooHoo / Dodgers Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, who resides in Pasadena, has helped change baseball culture in Los Angeles since joining the organization in October 2014. The Dodgers boast the league’s best record as they seek their first World Series appearance since 1988.

The Dodgers have ruled the Los Angeles sports scene for the past several years, but the
beloved team is now the talk of Major League Baseball, and for good reason.
“The Dodgers are absolutely amazing,” ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian said on television after L.A. defeated the White Sox last Thursday. Los Angeles had notched its 31st win in the last 35 games, a feat that had not been accomplished since the 1977 Kansas City Royals. “They lead the league in ERA, they lead the league with 10 shutouts and they’re second in the league in runs scored.”
As of Tuesday, the Dodgers also have a major-league-best 69 victories and a double-digit lead in the National League West, which they have won the past four seasons.
“I think it has to do with the number of different guys who have had their fingerprints on the success of the team to date,” said Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, who resides in Pasadena. “We’ve had a few guys who have been consistently way above average, and a number of other guys who have chipped in to give us length in the lineup and rotation.” Continue reading “Pasadena’s Friedman Helps Build Dodgers Into World Series Contenders”

LC’S Turley Sent Back to Minors After 3 Starts

Nik Turley

The Minnesota Twins optioned La Cañada Flintridge native Nik Turley back to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings last week after three rough outings.
The left-hander, who has been in the minor leagues for 10 years, started at home against the Chicago White Sox last Thursday and surrendered five runs on six hits, including two home runs, in 2/3 of an inning. Continue reading “LC’S Turley Sent Back to Minors After 3 Starts”

La Cañada Flintridge Native Makes MLB Debut

Nik Turley
Nik Turley

Days removed from achieving his lifelong dream, La Cañada Flintridge native Nik Turley struggled to find the words to describe the feeling of making his Major League Baseball debut with the Minnesota Twins.
“I’ve been dreaming of playing in the big leagues since I was a little kid,” said Turley, who debuted on the mound against San Francisco at AT&T Park. “I was kind of speechless when my manager told me. I don’t even know if it’s sunk in yet. Continue reading “La Cañada Flintridge Native Makes MLB Debut”

Year in Review: Sports Highlights

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The fall athletic season began with controversy but ended on a positive note for the La Cañada High School varsity football program. Former Los Angeles Loyola running back Drake Beasley transferred to LCHS during the summer but was ruled ineligible to play by the CIF Southern Section, but second-year head coach Ryan Zerbel didn’t allow that to become a distraction as he guided the Spartans to a 6-4 season, including stunning 28-13 victory over rival San Marino in the final week of the regular season, snapping a five-game losing streak over the Titans.

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La Cañada Extends Win Streak

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team keeps rolling past opponents despite clinching the Rio Hondo League championship two weeks ago. The Spartans didn’t take it easy on visiting Temple City and defeated the Rams, 6-1, on Tuesday to remain perfect in Rio Hondo League play.
La Cañada (20-5 overall record) improved to 11-0 in league play and is currently riding a 10-game winning streak. Continue reading “La Cañada Extends Win Streak”

La Cañada Extends Win Streak

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team keeps rolling past opponents despite clinching the Rio Hondo League championship two weeks ago. The Spartans didn’t take it easy on visiting Temple City and defeated the Rams, 6-1, on Tuesday to remain perfect in Rio Hondo League play.
La Cañada (20-5 overall record) improved to 11-0 in league play and is currently riding a 10-game winning streak. Continue reading “La Cañada Extends Win Streak”

Spartans Baseball Win League Outright

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team remained perfect in Rio Hondo League play, defeating host South Pasadena, 5-0, on Saturday and clinching the league championship outright.
The Spartans (18-5 overall record, 9-0 in league), who won their first title since 2013, jumped out to a four-run lead in the top of the first and added another run in the second. Continue reading “Spartans Baseball Win League Outright”

La Cañada Remains Perfect in League Play

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Top left: Conner Schulz collected three hits, drove in three runs and stole three bases in the Spartans’ 7-0 victory over visiting South Pasadena last Friday. Top right: Jack Enzminger sparked Flintridge Prep’s offense with two hits and an RBI in the Rebels’ 6-4 win over Palos Verdes Chadwick. Bottom left: La Cañada captain Kyle Mysliviec turned in another solid performance at the plate with two hits, two runs and one RBI against the Tigers. Bottom right: Danny Chiarodit scored two runs to help Flintridge Prep defeat Chadwick and improve to 4-2 in league play.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Top left: Conner Schulz collected three hits, drove in three runs and stole three bases in the Spartans’ 7-0 victory over visiting South Pasadena last Friday. Top right: Jack Enzminger sparked Flintridge Prep’s offense with two hits and an RBI in the Rebels’ 6-4 win over Palos Verdes Chadwick. Bottom left: La Cañada captain Kyle Mysliviec turned in another solid performance at the plate with two hits, two runs and one RBI against the Tigers. Bottom right: Danny Chiarodit scored two runs to help Flintridge Prep defeat Chadwick and improve to 4-2 in league play.

Sophomore pitcher Connor Buchanan turned in his best performance of the season against South Pasadena last Friday and led the La Cañada High School varsity baseball team to a 7-0 victory. Continue reading “La Cañada Remains Perfect in League Play”