The South Bay high school baseball teams enjoyed success with two championship teams and softball ended up with two more.
In the CIF-Southern Section Division IV baseball championship on June 7 at UC Riverside, Torrance High won its first championship by shutting out Pioneer League and cross town rival South Torrance, 11-0.
On June 9 in the CIF-Los Angeles City Division III championship at University of Southern California's Dedeaux Field, Port of Los Angeles from San Pedro slipped past Fulton Prep, 3-2.
In softball, Carson won the CIF-L.A. City Division I crown over Chatsworth and Harbor Teacher's Prep was the Division III champion on May 30 at UCLA.
In the Southern Section Division IV Baseball championship, Torrance had a two-hit shutout by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo-bound senior Kyle Smith.
Smith had an incredible year finishing at 13-1 with an earned run average of 0.46, one of the best in California.
With the bat, Dominic Haynes went 2-for-3 that included a two-run triple. Manny Olloque, who was drafted in the 16th round by the Kansas City Royals on the same day as his team's championship and signed during last week, was also 2-for-3 with one run batted in. Robert Sylvester had four RBI's, including a bases-loaded triple.
It was the Tartars' first CIF baseball crown since the school opened in 1917. They were runner-ups in 2009 and 2010.
"I'm going off with a CIF title," Smith, who will graduate on Wednesday, said. "I'll enjoy every moment. Third time is a charm."
Port of L.A. went nine innings in its win over Fulton Prep. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Angel Munoz hit a ground ball to third baseman Joseph Reyes, who made a diving stop. Reyes, then, tried to cut down Chris Marshall, who ran on contact, but his off-balance throw went left of home plate and Chris Marshall scored the winning run for the Polar Bears. Marshall started the inning with a double.
Smith was the starting pitcher for the Red team, which rolled over the Blue stars, 12-3, in the 45th Annual South Bay All-Star Baseball Classic at El Segundo Recreation Park's Stevenson Field last Friday.
Smith was not the winning pitcher as El Segundo's Tannar Stevens picked up the victory by pitching a scoreless third inning.
El Segundo's Connor Underwood, who will be attending Arizona State University but plans to attempt to walk on to its PAC 12 powerhouse baseball squad, had a two-run home run in the top of the third inning that helped the Reds pull away.
The Blues started out with a 2-0 lead off Smith in the bottom of the first.
Redondo standout pitcher Cassius Hamm started for the Blues. He pitched two innings, allowing a home run to Narbonne's Scott Savage.
Hamm keyed the Sea Hawks to the Southern Section Division III semifinals, the furthest they've gone since the Scott Davison-led 1988 team and their third time overall, where they lost to eventual champion La Puente Bishop Amat, 3-1, on the road on June 3.
On the same day, the Gauchos lost by the same score in the CIF-L.A. City Division I semifinals at home to Lake Balboa Birmingham, which also won the title over traditional power Chatsworth on June 7 at Dodger Stadium.
Hamm also went 2-for-2 including an RBI double with the bat.
In the softball all-star game last Wednesday at El Segundo Recreation Park's Richmond Field, retiring head coach Tony Dobra got a sendoff as his Blue stars routed hte Reds, 13-4.
Dobra head coached the Pirates since 1987 leading them to 13 CIF-L.A. City crowns.
He head coached with El Segundo's Keith Cameron.
The Blues were led by San Pedro's Jaclyn Rivera who had a two-run single to highlight their eight-run fifth inning. Banning's Alycia Flores added a three-run double that gave them a 12-3 bulge.
Snyder's South Bay Top 10:
Baseball: 1. Torrance, 2. South Torrance, 3. Narbonne, 4. Redondo, 5. Peninsula, 6. West Torrance, 7. El Segundo, 8. Banning, 9. Port of L.A., 10. Serra.
Softball: 1. Carson, 2. North Torrance, 3. Torrance, 4. El Segundo, 5. Redondo, 6. Palos Verdes, 7. Banning, 8. Mira Costa, 9. San Pedro, 10. West Torrance.