Baseball: Big VIII League ends in a little uncertainty

Norco (21-5, 11-4) won the Big VIII League championship on Thursday, beating the rain and Corona Centennial, 8-2. Kyle Hatton hit a grand slam and threw a complete game.

Corona is also in the Division 1 playoffs from the Big VIII, but the third spot remains a little uncertain. Corona Santiago and Roosevelt were tied, 3-3, after eight innings when the umpires halted the game because of weather conditions.


Now comes an unknown answer: Was the game completed or suspended? If it was completed and finishes as a tie, Santiago would go to the playoffs because of a points edge over Roosevelt. If it was suspended, then the game could be resumed on Friday or Saturday depending on field conditions at Santiago.

The umpires might have to talk to the Southern Section office to clarify things, but CIF rules indicate the game goes down as completed.

In the Southwestern League, Vista Murrieta defeated Temecula Valley, 8-1. Jake Moberg had two hits.

In the Mission League, Chaminade defeated Harvard-Westlake, 6-5. Nick Kahle had two doubles and four RBIs and walked with the bases loaded to end the game. Cameron Deere and Jake Suddleson hit two-run home runs for Harvard-Westlake.  Notre Dame finished first, Loyola and Alemany tied for second and Harvard-Westlake finished fourth.

Sierra Canyon (22-4) defeated McAuliffe, 17-4, in five innings. Brock Bell had two hits and three RBIs.

Newport Harbor defeated Fountain Valley, 5-1.

Gardena Serra defeated Cathedral, 10-1. Cathedral, Bishop Amat and St. Paul finished in a three-way tie for first place.

Oxnard won the Pacific View League title with a 4-1 win over Rio Mesa.

Pacific League champion Burroughs defeated Burbank, 3-1.