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On Sports With Jim Ferguson ~9ers while the Rams battled the ?Green Bay Packers in Wiscoaasin. -Results were not available by ~pi-ess time. It was a tough time for many of the hopefuls trying to make a career in professional football. The dreaded call telling them the coach would like to see them and bring your playbook will end many dreams. Fiery NCAA matchups USC's weekend opponent the Western Michigan Broncos had a fantastic season last year going 13-1. Last year's coach P.J. Fleck got hired away by the University of Minnesota an.d their new coach Tim Lester has his hands full with the talented Trojans. Chargers win early battle * The battle for LA last week between the Chargers and the Rams ended with a 21 - 19 score with the Chargers coming out on top. Phillip Rivers led the Chargers to two first quarter touchdowns and the third score of the first quarter was a 94-yard fumble recovery by linebacker Melvin Ingram. Down 21 points, the Rams chipped away at the Charger defense and had a chance to win it with a relatively short field goal that was wide left. Both teams played their final preseason game on Thursday night. The Chargers traveled up to the Bay area and took on the state is trying to dry out from Hurricane Harvey. Game time is 2:15 p.m. on Sept. 2 in the Los Angeles ~oliseum and with the current heat wave l?d rather be on Descanso beach in a lounge chair sipping on a:bever- age with a umbrella catching it on the radio. UCLA will kick off-the next day at 4:30 p.m. in the late after- noon. The Bruins are motivated to show everyone that last years 4-8 record was an anomaly and they have a squad that can compete in the tough PAC 12 conference. They will be playing the always tough Texas A&M Aggies. I'm sure the Aggies will be excited to get out of Texas for .~ld Card entry. a few days while much of the Every. game . --. . . Playoff tee up Both local baseball teams forged ahead this last week in their pursuit for post-season play. The Dodgers played the week with four of their All-Stars on the disabled list. The good news is everyone is heal- ing up and most s~ould return o the lineup in the nex few days. Cla'ton Kershav is schedlled to )itch this F'iday Jim Ferguson and 2ory Columnist Bellilger could te reinstated as early as Wedne~ay. Rec~ pickup from the Mets, Curtis'Granderson, hit three home rails this past week and is a fine edition to the Dodgers. The An'g~s~ are in the middle ofa eatfight to secure one of two ~pots ~s an Amer~car~ League counts for 7~ the Halos and their franchise player, Mike Trout is in a mild slump going hitless in his last five games. Trout is one of the top players in the pros and. I'm sure he'll get key hits down the stretch. There are roughly 30 games to go in the regular season and the Dodgers are flirting with achiev- ing the best win and loss record of all time if they continue their torrid pace. 116 victories in the regular season is the all-time record. Big dogs in little league The Little League World Series was concluded in Williamsport, Pennsylvania this past weekend. The champion- ship game between Japan and the United States representative from Lufkin, Texas looked like a slugfest Wffh the USA hitting two homers in the first inning. Unfortunately, that was the only scoring for the young Texans and the Japanese team from Tokyo got their mojo work- ing and cruised to a 12-2 victory. The amazing fact is these kids from Tokyo's Kitasuna Little League have won three of the last six Little League World Series Championships. Local squad edges Straight Up Builders late in the game BY PAT ENGEL FOR THE ISLANDER The final tournament game of the Avalon Summer Softball League was not a disappointment last week. Even though Catalina Express won the coin toss, Straight Up Builders opened the game with back to back inside the park home runs from Josh Flynn and Ryan Hinkley. However, Catalina Express answered back with a home run from AnthOny Hernandez, which was followed by a two RBI home run from Roberto Martin. In the second inning, Josh Flynn brought home a run for Straight Up Builders off his double to go back on top. Catalina Express used a base hit and back to back walks along with a sacrifice fly to bring home a run. An inside the park home run from Robert Reyes brought home two more runs in the inning and gave Catalina Express its first lead of the game. At the top of third, Straight Up Builders' Nick Morones brought home a run off his double and later scored himself to keep things level. 'Later in the" inning, Catalina Express' Robert0 Martin hit his second home run of the night. Martin's teammate Shawn Hall fol- lowed with a home run of his own. But the runs didn't stop there. Later an error turned into a two RBI home run for Julian Tejeda and Anthony Hernandez followed that with his second home run of the night. The fourth inning defense belonged to Mike Fekete of Catalina Express. He made a come from nowhere catch in the outfield to collect the second out. He was then in the right place at the right time to catch a fly ball that dropped out of the glove of Danny Hernandez due to a game-ending injury to his finger. Fekete and Catalina Express took the momentum into the bottom of the inning to score a run. Straight Up Builders took advantage of a short-handed eight-man team for Catalina Express to rally for five runs in the fifth to keep things tied at 10 apeice. Weston Leonhardi hit a home run to start off the rally. Morones hit a triple, followed by a walk, and then Robert Ozark hit a three RBI shot. Following that, two base hits and an error brought home one more. At the bottom of the fifth, Catalina Express used two base hits and a sacrificed fly ball to bring home a run, keeping a one run advantage. However, Builders' Johnny Machado proved he can still cover ground by hauling in a fly ball to end the inning. Straight Up Builders' Sebastian Sanchez opened the sixth inning with a double and would ultimately score on a sacrifice fly ball. Julian Tejeda was halfway to the outfield when he stopped a ground ball and threw out a runner. Tejeda would stay involved at the bottom oftheinning. Catalina Express scored a run on a base hit, then brought home two more on a home run from Tejeda. At the top of the seventla, Straight Up Builders kept battling by bring- ing home two more runs. Josh Flynn had a double in the effort. Johnny Machado again made the highlight real~ with his play at Seer ond for the first out. ' Catalina Express was held score- less in the inning. With just down one run in the eighth, Straight Up Builders crept back to a lead with two runs home on an error, a double from Weston Leonhardi and a triple from Nick Morones. In the top of the ninth, Straight Up Builders got their last at bat. With a runner on first and two out, Ryan Hinkley hit a triple to bring home a run. Sebastian Sanchez followed with a two RBI home run. Paul Daniel Romo picked up the dribbler in run front of the plate to throw out the runner at first for the final out. Now trailing and with the game on the line, Catalina Express got their last chance. With one out, a walk and a base hit put two on. Mike Fekete came up and hit the walk off single to score two and win the game, It was an exciting finish. Final score: Straight Up Builders 18, Catalina Express 19. 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