Lowell’s Levi Humphrey makes contact against Balboa in a game on March 18 at Balboa Park.

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Correction: The Examiner mis-reported a boys’ lacrosse score between Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Ignatius High School. The original story stated that the Irish beat the Wildcats 8-7 on Monday. That game did not take place. The last game between the two teams was on Feb. 25 at St. Ignatius, where the Wildcats won, 18-0. St. Ignatius is 8-0 and in first place in the WCAL.

Lowell’s spring break trip to the desert took a turn for the worse on Tuesday, as the Cardinals dropped a 10-4 decision to Bend (Oregon) in the third game of the Arizona Pride Classic. The Lava Bears scored five runs in the top of the fourth and got a bases-clearing triple from Kyle Reed with two outs in the fifth to break the game open. Lowell (6-3) would load the bases in the seventh and push two runs across, but leadoff hitter Jordy Bach would ground into a game-ending force out with the tying run in the hole. The Cardinals, undfeated in Academic Athletic Association play, won the tournament opener over Manitou Springs, 7-5, on Monday, thanks to a 2-for-2, three-run, three-RBI performance from Levi Humphrey, who hit a double and a triple. They finished the tournament with a 19-4 defeat on Wednesday at the hands of Reno powerhouse Bishop Manogue.

WCAL play continued for Sacred Heart Cathedral on Tuesday at USF’s Benedetti Diamond, where the Fightin’ Irish were undone by a three-run top of the fourth inning in a 7-2 loss to Bellarmine (6-5, 5-2). It marked three losses in the last four games for the Irish, but Sacred Heart Cathedral (6-5, 2-5) did knock off Serra 3-1 on Friday as Adrian Gonzalez came out of the bullpen for 3 2/3 hitless innings. The Irish will host Mission on Thursday at Westborough Park in the annual Joe Cronin Memorial Game, which was rescheduled from its original date of Feb. 16 due to rain. Last year’s meeting was a 3-2 SHC victory on an eighth-inning walkoff.

Mission (4-7) was on the wrong side of a 12-0 blowout on Tuesday in the Anaheim Lions Tournament, falling to Reed (Nevada) to drop to 1-2 in tournament play.

Both the St. Ignatius baseball and softball teams made the long trek down to San Jose on Tuesday, and both returned home with losses to Valley Christian. League play has yet to begin for the WCAL’s softball teams, meaning Tuesday’s 3-1 loss was considered a nonleague game. All runs were scored in the first inning, with Kacey Zobac hitting a two-run homer in the first inning for Valley Christian (7-3). The teams won’t meet in league play until May 1 at Fairmont Field, as the WCAL’s softball schedule consists of just one round of games. St. Ignatius (6-5) had won three straight before dropping a pair of nonleague contests to WCAL foes, losing 10-4 to St. Francis last Wednesday and dropping Tuesday’s trip to South San Jose.

A big first inning was also the difference in the SI-Valley Christian baseball game, where the Wildcats’ three-game win streak came to a screeching halt with a 10-4 defeat. The league-leading Warriors batted around in a five-run first inning and never looked back, only surrendering three runs in the seventh after the outcome was well in hand. Valley Christian (12-2, 6-0) has dominated the WCAL so far this year, including a ridiculous 25-0 win over Riordan on March 16. St. Ignatius (7-4, 3-3) will return to action against St. Francis (10-3, 3-3) on Friday with fourth place on the line.

The two teams had entered the week in a four-way tie for second place, but with losses on Tuesday, the Wildcats and Lancers now sit a game behind both Bellarmine and Mitty, with Valley enjoying a comfortable lead.

As for Riordan (0-10-1, 0-6), the Crusaders hung with Serra for four innings but gave up eight runs in the fifth en route to a 13-6 defeat in San Mateo. The win snapped a four-game skid for the Padres, but they still gave up at least six runs for the fourth time in the last five games. The Crusaders took a 5-2 lead in the top of the third, but the hosts evened things up in the fourth and broke the game open with a mammoth bottom of the fifth, stringing together seven hits, a walk and a hit batsman.

Logan Azem tied the game on a pickoff error in the bottom of the fourth, and a Marek Palladino single up the middle gave the Padres the lead in the fifth after sophomore Thomas Gould had stolen third. Palladino and Kannon Clayton came around to score on another error, and after a Tyler Shaw RBI single, Tucker Tollmann delivered a bases-clearing double to put Serra (6-6, 2-4) up by eight. The Padres sit in a tie for sixth with SHC, but with a trip to Bellarmine on Friday, they could quickly climb back up the standings.

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