La Cañada 12, South Pasadena 0 (five innings): It was one hit batter that separated Lauren Cox from a perfect game Tuesday, as La Cañada defeated the Tigers in a mercy rule decision at home.
The senior recorded 12 strikeouts and allowed just one base runner after hitting South Pasadena's Samanta Gomez with a pitch in the bottom of the fifth.
The Spartans offense exploded for 16 hits, as three players — Catherine Horner, Alyssa Stolmack and Annie Monroe — had three-hit games. Brenna Gay drove in three runs on two doubles, as La Cañada improved to 16-2-1, 5-1-1 in league after a successful run through the Thousand Oaks Tournament this weekend.
La Cañada defeated La Reina, 5-0, and Rio Mesa, 3-0, in tournament play Saturday.
La Cañada 14, South Pasadena 4: The Spartans notched a home victory to lock up third place in the Rio Hondo League and an automatic CIF Southern Section Division I playoff berth as a result, calming the nerves of La Cañada Coach Will Moravec.
"We needed to win and I was a little nervous down three guys with some injuries, but they stepped up and got it done," Moravec said.
Moravec called up three junior varsity players for the match and got a big boost from one of them, Patrick Finnigan, who swept in No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-0, 6-2.
Ryan Lee also swept in No. 1 singles for La Cañada, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0.
Each of the Spartans (8-6, 4-4 in league) doubles teams won two of three sets with Leeho Lim and Harrison Zuk winning both sets, 6-2, 6-1, before being subbed out.
Joe Song and Liwon Lim (6-1, 6-1) and Tyler Jones and Arthur Song (6-2, 6-2) also won two sets.
La Cañada 5, South Pasadena 2: Anthony Mizrahi led the Spartans to their first Rio Hondo League victory of the season on the road Tuesday, as he pitched a complete-game six-hitter.
"It was a great turnaround game for us, getting in the win column and hopefully it's got us moving in the right direction here," La Cañada Coach Dennis Ballard said.
The Spartans record is now 9-11, 1-7 in league with four league games left to play. They will resume play Wednesday at Temple City at 3:30 p.m.
Chaminade 12, La Cañada 3: The Spartans fell at home in Prep League play Tuesday, which brought their season record to 1-10, 1-4 in league.