VIBLValley Invitational Baseball League (southern California)
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Valencia has won two VIBL titles and lost to powerhouse El Camino Real of Woodland Hills in last year's final.
Valencia has come close to summer championships the past two years but hasn't won the VIBL title since beating Hart in the 2002 final.
End of the road: Hart (18-8) and Saugus (19-5) both saw their summer seasons end Thursday in the VIBL quarterfinals.
Hawthorne is 4-0 with 52 strikeouts in 36 innings for the Celts, who are in today's VIBL quarterfinals.
In addition to Mejia, two other incoming sophomores are making enough of an impact to earn a spot in the VIBL all-star game: Saugus shortstop Zach Vincej and Saugus outfielder/infielder Stefan Cordes.
El Camino Real of Woodland Hills defeated Valencia on Saturday to win its first VIBL championship.
Valencia advances: Valencia made a run in the VIBL playoffs, advancing to the semifinals, despite the fact that it played a majority of the summer without several of its top players.
In the meantime, there's the VIBL playoffs to focus on.
The Indians have eight incoming sophomores and eight incoming juniors playing with the varsity during the VIBL season, and many have shown they can compete at the level.
LaCour has been in demand as an All-Star coach, and today's VIBL game will be the third all-star event he has coached since El Camino Real finished the high school season with a City championship.
During the summer, Canyon finished VIBL competition with eight consecutive victories.
When the VIBL playoffs began, Hart was seeded sixth.