Narbonne baseball advances to City Section Division I semifinal with win over Kennedy

The Narbonne baseball team is headed to USC for Tuesday’s CIF L.A. City Section Division I semifinals.

The fourth-seeded Gauchos scored early in Friday’s quarterfinal against Kennedy and never looked back, cruising to a 12-1 win.

Narbonne will face top-seeded Taft in the semifinals at USC. A time has yet to be announced. The winner will advance to the finals May 28 at Dodger Stadium.

Marco Lopez, Juan Garcia and Eric Mora had three hits apiece for the Gauchos. Garcia had a three-run home run in the third inning to give the Gauchos a 5-0 lead.

Mora also hit a three-run home run.

Robert Atencio pitched a complete game. He allowed one run on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks for the Gauchos.

In the Open Division, Birmingham’s Daniel Flores held San Pedro to three hits in a 5-0 win.

Gardena softball looking for third consecutive title

The Gardena softball team won the Division III City Section title in 2019 and Division II last season.

Saturday, the Panthers will attempt to a win third consecutive title. The 2020 playoffs were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gardena is the third seed in Division II. The Panthers have recorded wins over Harbor Teacher (12-1), Cleveland (6-2) and Franklin (9-1).

The Panthers will face 13th-seeded Garfield in the final at CS Northridge at 8:30 a.m.

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