La Mirada High Baseball Falls in CIF Semifinal E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 18:22

Aliso Viejo~The season came to end for the La Mirada high baseball team today falling to Aliso Niguel, 8-0 in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Semifinal.

The Matadores were held to two infield singles by the Wolverines pitcher Ryan Randel, one of them to the first batter of the game Ethan Lopez.

They end the season at 23-11 overall after winning their second consecutive Suburban League championship.

La Mirada again played without their head coach Kim Brooks after a recording of a profanity-laced tirade of him surfaced last month. He was placed on administrative leave before the playoffs started.

Matadores Advance With Victory Over Pasadena E-mail
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Thursday, 22 May 2014 17:41

La Mirada~Blake Wilson scattered seven hits over seven innings for a complete-game victory as the La Mirada High baseball team advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Divison 2 playoffs, beating Pasadena 4-2 earlier today in a sloppy defensive contest at La Mirada High.

Pasadena starter Niko Lopez was the victim as his team committed at least four errors leading to three of La Mirada's runs being unearned. La Mirada also committed at least two errors.

The Bulldogs had three of their seven hits in the seventh inning and had the go-ahead run at the plate, but Wilson was able to shut the door.

Justin Knight and Wilson each had an RBI apiece for La Mirada.

Pasadena seemed to run themselves out of innings; twice having a runner thrown out at third on grounders to the shortstop with a force play not being in effect and less than two outs.

The Matadores will now move on to play Glendora in the second round Tuesday at 3:15.

Long-time Matadore head coach Kim Brooks was absent, still suspended by the Norwalk-La Mirada School District after a curse-laden motivational recording of him from a few weeks ago, directed at his team, was released to the media by a still unknown source.

Third base coach and former La Mirada player Jimmy Zurn will coach the team while the district continues its investigation into the incident.

Lady Matadores Finish Second at Woodbridge Tournament E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 06 April 2014 11:04

After beating some of Orange County's top-rated teams in the Woodbridge Softball Classic, the Lady Matadores of La Mirada High are all smiles showing off their second-place plaque last night in Irvine.

Irvine~The La Mirada High Softball team lost last night 9-0 to M.L. King of Riverside finishing in second place after an exciting run in the annual Woodbridge Softball Classic at Bill Barber Park in Irvine.

The Lady Matadores won their previous four games in the tournament including a 1-0 win over No. 4 Marina High and a 4-0 victory over Edison High, along with victories over Capistrano Valley and Fountain Valley.

Valerie Alvarado, Stephanie Baro and Jaslin Rivas earned all-tournament honors for La Mirada.

The next game for the Mats is against league rival John Glenn on April 15th. The game will be played at La Mirada High beginning at 3:15 p.m.

Valerie Alvarado, Stephanie Baro and Jaslin Rivas of La Mirada were chosen for the all-tournament team.

Lady Matadores Take Two in Irvine E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 20:51

UPDATE: 04/01/14 06:30-Valerie Alvarado pitched a no-hitter as the Mats continued their winning ways by beating Marina 1-0 as pool play continued. La Mirada will play Edison in the semifinals Saturday April 5th at 3:00 p.m.

Irvine~The La Mirada High Softball team won two games in pool play action Saturday at the Woodbridge Tournament at Bill Barber Park.

In the first game, The Lady Mats beat Fountain Valley 2-1. Starting pitcher Val Alvarado had eight strikeouts and Jaslin Rivas drove in both runs including the game-winning homer in the sixth inning.

In the second game, the Lady Mats won 3-2 over Capistrano Valley. All three runs for La Mirada (7-5, 2-0), were scored in the first inning behind back-to-back-to-back RBI’s by Rain Vega, Stephanie Baro and Jessica Gutierrez.

Pool play continues tomorrow (Monday) as the Lady Mats go up against Marina High beginning at 5:30 p.m. The finals of the tournament will take place Saturday, April 5th.

League play continues Wednesday for La Mirada as they travel to Artesia with game time at 3:00 p.m.

Matadores Topple Bucs In Suburban Opener E-mail
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Thursday, 27 March 2014 04:41


La Mirada~Blake Wilson shook off a rough first inning then helped his own cause with the bat as La Mirada beat Bellflower on a very windy day in La Mirada, 7-5, in the Suburban League opener for both teams.

Wilson gave up four first-inning runs to the Bucs but the Matadores battled back and put up a five-spot in the third inning highlighted by Wilson's bases-clearing double to take a 5-4 lead.

In the top of the fourth, Wilson gave up a solo home run to Brandon Polizzi to tie the game and than a single and a walk, but Wilson coaxed the Bucs into an inning-ending double play.

That fourth inning and the game might have been saved when Mats third baseman Devon Aldridge made a superb on-the-knees play and throw for the first out of the inning.

The Mats regained the lead 6-5 in the bottom of the frame when Ethan Lopez doubled home Aldridge. They added another in the sixth on an RBI single by R.J. Lan.

Tyler Charlton held the Bucs at bay by pitching scoreless fifth and sixth innings and Eric Tapper survived a shaky seventh to preserve the victory.

The two teams square off Friday at Bellflower beginning at 3 p.m.


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