A look at the four Southern Section championship games on Saturday in high school baseball at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino.
Division 1: Hart (20-9-1) vs. Huntington Beach (25-8), 7:30 p.m. The Foothill League champion Indians knocked off top-seeded JSerra in the quarterfinals and now gets to face No. 2-seeded Huntington Beach.
They’ve been winning with strong pitching and clutch hitting. UCLA-bound Jack Ralston will be on the mound. He throws strikes and is pretty cool under pressure. The hottest hitter has been catcher Robert Reeves, who has delivered a home run and three-run double in playoff games. Huntington Beach was ranked No. 1 in the Times' preseason rankings, struggled at the start but got hot by season’s end, winning the Sunset League. It has lots of pitching depth. Noah Davis will get the start, and beware if he hands the ball off with a lead to closer Logan Pouelsen, a UCLA commit. Outfielder Landon Silver is one of the best power hitters around, and he’s a junior.
Division 2: Mission Viejo (25-10) vs. Chino Hills (21-8), 4 pm. Buy some popcorn and sit back while two outstanding left-handed pitchers do battle. It’s USC-bound Patrick Sandoval of Mission Viejo taking on UC Santa Barbara-bound Bailey Falter of Chino Hills in the best pitching matchup of the day. Chino Hills has a couple long-ball threats, so Sandoval has to make sure no mistakes are made.
Division 3: Walnut (21-7-2) vs. Redondo (28-7), 1 p.m. Walnut elminated 31-0 San Dimas on Tuesday in the semifinals. Junior Cody Dye (9-0, 0.83 ERA) has been impressive during an 18-game win streak. Redondo infielder Duncan McKinnon won a championship playing for Gardena Serra two years ago. Senior Brady Dorn has 47 hits and junior Cooper Gallion has 45 RBIs.
Division 4: Serrano (22-7) vs. South Torrance (24-8), 10 a.m. R.J. Peace (8-3, 0.26 ERA) has thrown three consecutive shutouts for Serrano. South Torrance is back in the final behind ace Drake Pingel, who is 11-2.
Here's the link to directions to San Manuel Stadium.
There will be three championships the same day at UC Riverside. In Division 7 at noon, Excelsior will face Santa Clarita Christian. In Division 6, St. Anthony will play Flintridge Prep at 3:30 p.m. In Division 5, Temple City will play Hemet at 7 p.m.