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Torrance, South, Serra tie for league titles; Narbonne, West win outright

The South Bay baseball leagues went right down to the wire with two of those ending in ties.
South Torrance and Torrance knotted for the Pioneer League crown as the host Tartars crushed North Torrance, 21-1, and the Spartans recorded a key 4-0 win at El Segundo on Thursday.
In the Del Rey League, Serra shared the league crown with traditional power La Puente Bishop Amat as the Cavaliers downed St. Paul, 8-2, and the Lancers closed with a 7-2 win at Cathedral in Los Angeles.
Narbonne closed the Marine League with a perfect 10-0 record with a 4-3 home win over Carson and West pulled off the Bay League crown with a forfeit win over lowly Leuzinger, while Redondo completed a stunning sweep of highly regarded Peninsula with a 4-3 victory on Thursday in Rolling Hills Estates.
South tied with Torrance at 9-1 in league behind a four-hit shutout by junior Drake Pingel. Pingel increased his season record to 7-1 with thewin.
Kyle Henmi had two runs batted in that included two-out base hits in the top of the third and sixth innings. Dylan Plunkett also had a pair of key hits for the Spartans.
For El Segundo Lars Nootbaar and Nick Martinez each collected two hits, all of the Eagles' hits for the game.
After squeaking by host North Torrance 2-1 on Tuesday, Torrance, which is 22-8 overall and finished 9-1 in league, took advantage of the Saxons' youth and lack of experience and depth to overwhelm them.
Manny Olloque, who has been enjoying an outstanding year and even has pro and Major Division I college prospect potential, went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in a three runs scored.
Winning pitcher Kyle Smith limited North (2-8 in league) to three hits. He struck out six batters and walked just one.
On Wednesday, Narbonne rallied for two runs in the sixth and scored the winning run in the seventh on a long single by Isaiah Flowers, a sophomore transfer from Gardena Serra.
The Gauchos are 25-5 overall after going 10-0 in Marine action. They could be expected to get one of the top four seeds when the CIF-Los Angeles City Division I playoff pairings come out on Saturday.
Being expected to face a rebuilding year after losing most of its players from last season's CIF-Southern Section Division III championship squad, Serra was able to come through with its second consecutive Del Rey League crown by downing Santa Fe St. Paul at Serra on Wednesday.
The win avenged its 12-1 loss at St. Paul, which caused a three-way tie between the Cavaliers, Swordsmen and Bishop Amat entering Wednesday's league finales.
Serra got things going with four runs in the bottom of the second innings, that included a two-run home run from Denz'l Chapman.
Chapman went 2-for-3 with two RBI's and two runs scored.
"I'm proud the way we bounced back," Serra head coach Wilmer Aaron said. "We were emotionally ready."
Redondo finished the Bay in dramatic fashion in a tie for second with Peninsula after stunning the Panthers, who entered this week ranked No. 3 in the CIF-Southern Section Division III, twice.
After defeating Peninsula, 3-1 behind the strong pitching and hitting of senior Cassius Hamm on Tuesday, the Sea Hawks were able to hang on to top the Panthers Thursday at Peninsula.
Cole Henderson hit a two-run double and junior Cooper Gallion had a strong showing with 5 1/3 innings of relief pitching, in replace of freshman starter Danny Zimmerman.
Also helping Redondo, which is 18-12 overall after going 7-3 in Bay action for its best records since winning the Ocean League crown in 2002, was Jason Clebowicz who was 2-for-3 with one RBI.
West won the league with help of one win each over Peninsula and Redondo, and sweeps of Manhattan Beach Mira Costa and Palos Verdes. The Warriors only needed two victories over struggling Leuzinger, including routing them 15-2 on Tuesday at Leuzinger.
Southern Section playoffs begin next week with drawings expected on Monday.

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