CIF City Titles - 2004
Tuesday, June 8, 2004
Los Angeles City Section Champions
Used to be that a Los Angeles City Section championship game at Dodger Stadium was significant enough for the Chancellors. But the last two have added a whole new dimension.
For the second consecutive season, the Chancellors went into the game with a chance to claim the national title. And for the second time a row, they responded.
Senior right-hander Jason Dominguez, in perhaps the finest start of his four-year career, limited the San Pedro Pirates to five hits and an unearned run in the seventh inning to lead the Chancellors, 7-1, in front of about 3,500 and help cap the first perfect season in school history.
The victory earned the Chancellors (35-0) the national title by USA Today, Baseball America and StudentSports, and their second City Section title in a row and sixth overall. Chatsworth had been declared national champion in 2003 by USA Today, Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.
This time, the long-haired Chancellors, who had made a team pact at the beginning of the season not to cut their hair until they lost a game, had to deal with the added pressure of an undefeated season. Only Monroe, which finished 19-0 in 1971, had won a City Section title with out losing a game. The top-seeded Chancellors had nearly doubled that victory total and were riding a state-record 49-game winning streak going into the game against the No. 2-seeded Pirates.
The Pepperdine-bound Dominguez (13-0) and an opportunistic offense made sure that San Pedro didn't halt the marvelous streak. Dominguez, who ran his career record to a school-best 35-1, stranded runners at second and third base in the first inning and cruised until tiring in the seventh, when the Pirates (31-4) scored on a throwing error with two outs.
Dominguez, who won three of the four playoff games and saved the Chancellors' come-from-behind 10-7 victory over Kennedy in the semifinals - a game in which they trailed, 7-0, in the third inning - was selected the most valuable player of the championship game.
Chatsworth took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when junior first baseman Tom Cassidy's two-out single to center field drove senior second baseman Willie Cabrera from third base. The Chancellors padded the lead to 5-0 with a four-run outburst in the second that included run-scoring singles by junior center fielder Mitul Patel and freshman third baseman Matt Dominguez. It was Dominguez's 65th run batted in, a state record for a freshman.
The Chancellors went ahead, 7-0, on a two-run single by Cabrera in the sixth inning that extended his state-record season total to 72. Cabrera was selected the most valuable player of the playoffs after producing 10 hits in 14 at-bats against Narbonne, Sylmar, Kennedy and San Pedro.
San Pedro loaded the bases after scoring with two outs in the seventh inning, but Dominguez retired Steve Carrillo on a grounder to freshman shortstop Mike Moustakas to end the game and secure the Chancellors' second consecutive national championship. It also meant that the Chancellors, including the coaching staff, could finally visit a barber.
2004 City Final Box Score
a-Walked for Mandac in the 7th. b-Ran for March in the 7th. c-Replaced at bat by Mandac. d-Replaced at bat by Padre. E: Kretzschmar, Espana, Cabrera, Baslow. LOB: San Pedro 7, Chatsworth 6. 2B: Garneau. CS: Patel. S: Moustakas.