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SOUTHERN SECTION PLAYOFFS
Friday, May 28
Arlington 2, Bishop Amat 1
Lucas Duda had a two-out double in the top of the fifth inning and Steve Goins followed with a single that drove home Duda and broke a 1-1 tie for Arlington (19-10). Duda, who scored both Arlington runs, pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief and struck out the final batter with runners on first and third for the save. Goins started the game and had 12 strikeouts and allowed four hits over 6 1/3 for Arlington (19-10). Steve Martlaro had 11 strikeouts and allowed two hits over seven innings for Bishop Amat (18-11).
Canyon Springs 3, Diamond Bar 0
Joe Spiers went three for four, including a double, and had an RBI and a run scored, Jake Taylor (4-2) pitched a five-hitter and Trent Tully had a two out, two-run single in the fifth inning for visiting Canyon Springs (20-9). Diamond Bar finished 19-10.
Capistrano Valley 8, Esperanza 3
Jason Corder was two for four with a home run and a double and ran his pitching record to 10-2 for third-seed Capistrano Valley (22-6-1). Chris McMurray added a two-run home run in the first inning for the Cougars. Esperanza finished 17-13.
Long Beach Wilson 2, Glendora 1 (10 innings)
Senior Ryan Schlack pitched seven innings, allowed four hits and struck out three, freshman Ryan Dent (1-1) pitched three innings of relief, allowed two hits and struck out two and junior Robert Yeakel singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to lead host Long Beach Wilson (22-9-1). Wes Roemer pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowed four hits and one unearned run for Glendora (20-8).
El Dorado 2, Norco 1 (8 innings)
The aggressive base running style preferred by the Placentia El Dorado baseball team was taking its toll Friday afternoon.
By the time the Golden Hawks reached extra innings against visiting Norco in a Southern Section Division II quarterfinal game, they'd already had a runner thrown out at every base.
But that didn't stop Brandon Schnebly from rolling the dice one more time in the bottom of the eighth. After his one-out high fly bounced off the glove of Norco right-fielder Toby Gerhart as he crashed into the fence, Schnebly slid safely into third base when Bryce Holland's feet tangled on his relay thrown. With the outfield drawn in, third-baseman Shaun Lane, whose error led to Norco's first-inning run, then fouled off consecutive two-strike pitches before lining the ball about five feet over the head of Gerhart for a 2-1 victory.
``We've always been aggressive,'' El Dorado Coach Steve Gullotti said. ``We're not going to stop being aggressive just because we're in the playoffs. They had to make perfect throws, it was the one time they didn't.''
Mike Sandoval had a one-out triple for El Dorado in the fourth, tried to score when the next pitch went to the backstop but was tagged out by Norco pitcher James Simmons.
The Golden Hawks (21-9) had runners on second and third with no out in the fifth, but could only manage one run when pinch-runner Marcus Piazzisi was thrown out at third on a sacrifice fly that tied the score, 1-1. El Dorado also had a runner picked off first and another thrown out trying to steal second.
El Dorado left-hander Zach Pettikas (9-4) had his second consecutive strong outing of the postseason. After throwing a one-hit shutout last week against Whittier, he gave up three hits, all to Gerhart, and no earned runs to Norco (22-7).
El Dorado, which won section titles in 1999 and 2001, advanced to play Newhall Hart in Tuesday's semifinals.
Hart 5, Righetti 0
Tyler Fick (9-2) threw a two-hitter with nine strikeouts and three walks and Hart used a defensive gem in the sixth inning to preserve a 1-0 lead before adding four unearned runs in the bottom of the inning to seal the victory. Ryan Gagnon drove in the first run with an infield hit in the fourth inning. In sixth inning, Steve Sanchez brought back a potential tying home run by Jimmy Dodos of Righetti (18-13). Nate Maddox delivered a double with two outs to score a runner that had reached on an error to make it 2-1. An error and walk brought in another run, a single by Sanchez made it 4-1, and another bases-loaded walk finished the rally. Hart (18-11-1), the third-place team from the Foothill League, will play El Dorado, the Century League's third-place finisher, on Tuesday at a site to be determined. Both teams are wild-card entrants, ensuring one will play in the Division II final at Dodger Stadium.
Corona Santiago 11, Villa Park 4
Eight consecutive Santiago batters reached base with two out in the top of the seventh, turning a one-run lead into an eight-run cushion against the top-seeded Spartans. The Sharks (23-5) trailed, 3-0, heading into the fifth inning when Villa Park ace Mark Trumbo began to unravel. Trumbo, who has signed with USC, walked three batters and threw two wild pitches, which led to four runs. After Trumbo (10-2) retired the first two batters in the seventh, he and Dane Ferguson were chased by the seven-hit barrage. Bobby Kelly had three hits, including a two-run double in the seventh, for Santiago. Villa Park, the last remaining seeded team in Division II, finished 26-3.
Simi Valley 5, West Torrance 4 (14 innings)
Crespi 3, Ocean View 2
Shaunt Bedrosian had a run-scoring double in the bottom of the sixth inning and Tony Fiala followed with a run-scoring single to break a 1-1 tie and lift the top-seeded Celts (26-4) past Ocean View (18-8) at Valley College.
Trevor Plouffe struck out seven, walked none and allowed five hits to improve to 11-1. Ocean View junior Jeff Roth (7-3) allowed six hits, struck out four and walked two. Roth also had an RBI triple.
Katella 2, Westminster 0
Sean Kalmen threw a one-hitter and Adrian Valdez drove in both runs with a sixth-inning single for host Katella (16-13) at Boysen Park. Westminster finished 18-10-1.
La Mirada 8, South Torrance 3
Phillip Van Doren was two for four with three RBIs and scattered eight singles over 4 2/3 innings to bring his record to 10-1 for La Mirada (23-8). Dean was two for four with two RBIs for South Torrance (20-10-1). La Mirada will face Crespi on Tuesday in the semifinals.
Orange Lutheran 5, Chaminade 0
Ryan Shopshire struck out six in a complete-game and Bobby Woolridge and Jeff Gulsvig each had two hits for Orange Lutheran (21-9), which advanced to Tuesday's semifinals against Empire League rival Katella. Chaminade finished 19-10-1.
Corona del Mar 5, San Dimas 1
Nick Palchikoff cleared the bases with a sixth-inning triple to break a 1-1 tie for host Corona del Mar (23-5), the division's third seed. Blake Contant tossed a five-hitter to earn his 10th win of the season. San Dimas finished 19-9.
Northwood 5, Santa Maria St. Joseph 1
Mike Bonder hit a solo home run in the first inning, Tim Radack hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, Jeff Rothman went three for three, including a double, and had a run scored and Jameson Kuykendall (9-3) had six strikeouts and allowed seven hits over seven innings for visiting Northwood (20-10). Santa Maria St. Joseph finished 12-17.
Tesoro 3, Temple City 0
Bryan Evans threw a one-hitter and Justin Napora doubled and drove in a run to lead host Tesoro (19-10) over fourth-seeded Temple City (23-4-1).
Westminster La Quinta 9, Mountain View 3
Adam Jorgenson (13-1) pitched five innings with nine strikeouts, no walks and two hits allowed for top-seeded La Quinta (28-1-1), which will face Tesoro in Tuesday's semifinals. Jorgensen also was four for four with a triple and three runs scored. Mountain View finished 20-7.
L.A. Baptist 4, Vasquez 0
Freshman Colby Hyatt (8-2) had six strikeouts and recorded his third shutout this season and second playoff victory for host L.A. Baptist (17-8). Hyatt has allowed only one run in 15 innings in the postseason. Mike Silva drove in the game's first run in the second inning on a fielder's choice and Mike Arnold had a solo home run.
Montclair Prep 1, Campbell Hall 0
Michael Trump (9-3) pitched his fourth complete game and second shutout this season and Zev Bernard had a solo home run in the second inning for visiting Montclair Prep (18-9).
Ontario Christian 4, Paraclete 3 (8 innings)
Chris Liebhart (6-2) threw a six-hitter with two strikeouts and went two for four with two RBIs and Sean Mills singled in the game-winning run in the eighth inning to lead visiting Ontario Christian (21-4).
Woodcrest Christian 4, Oxford Academy 1
Trent Knapp (11-2) had 12 strikeouts and allowed an unearned run and no walks over seven innings, Greg Armenta went three for three with two RBIs and Billy Hall went two for two with an RBI to lead host No. 4-seeded Woodcrest Christian (21-6) over Oxford Academy (19-3).
Big Pine 5, Boys Republic 2
Carlos Meza pitched a two-hitter and catcher Jose Rico had two doubles and an RBI and threw out two baserunners in the sixth inning for visiting No. 3-seeded Big Pine (23-2). Josh Bryant (4-4) pitched four innings, allowed five hits and struck out seven and Chris Cook pitched three innings of relief and struck out all nine batters he faced for Boys Republic (13-9).
Santa Clarita Christian 10, Upland Christian 2
Senior Nick Dashnaw had three hits, including a two-run triple and a run-scoring double, and freshman Augie Detres (8-2) threw a one-hitter to lift visiting Santa Clarita Christian (15-6) over No. 2-seeded Upland Christian (19-4).
Joshua Springs 15, Eastside Christian 3
Mesa Grande Academy 8, Cate 4
Tuesday, May 25
Arlington 3, Huntington Beach 2
Riverside Arlington is starting to prove it's more than just a one-man team. The Lions upset second-seeded Huntington Beach, 3-2, in a Southern Section Division I second-round baseball game Tuesday at Arlington.
Lucas Duda, a USC-bound pitcher first-baseman, earned the victory in relief, but Arlington received its biggest contributions from a few unlikely sources.
Sophomore third-baseman Jeremiah Mejia knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out wind-blown single that bounced off the glove of backpedaling shortstop Justin Ratowsky. Mejia also scored both runs on two-out singles by senior shortstop Eaton Rincon in the first and freshman pinch-hitter Faustino Delgado in the fourth.
Arlington left-hander Daniel Montanez retired 15 consecutive batters before needing help in the sixth. After Huntington Beach tied the score, 2-2, on Nathan Keadle's one-out single in the sixth, Duda (4-0) came on in relief. Duda, one of the top prospects in the Southland, forced sophomore catcher Hank Conger to line into an inning-ending double play on his first pitch.
The Oilers (18-10) turned gooey on defense in the bottom of the seventh. After Ryan O'Connel reached on a two-base error by second-baseman Joel Kaluzny to open the inning, Anthony Scott fouled out on a sacrifice attempt and Duda was then walked intentionally. Steve Goins, who hit an eighth-inning home run to beat Yucaipa in the first round, flied out to shallow center for the second out, but Mejia came through with the game-winning single.
Arlington (18-10) will play the winner of San Clemente-La Puente Bishop Amat in Friday's quarterfinals.
Bishop Amat 2, San Clemente 0
Kyle Hernandez (3-1) threw a complete-game shutout, Emanuel Sifuentes went one for two with an RBI and Jon-Michael Hattabaugh went two for three with a double and an RBI to lead Bishop Amat (18-8).
Canyon Springs 13, Lakewood 5
Lakewood senior first-baseman Mike Carp hit three home runs and drove in all five runs, but Canyon Springs scored six runs in the second inning and senior pitcher Chris Urias otherwise silenced the top-seeded Lancers at Canyon Springs. Urias struck out 12 in improving to 8-2.
After Lakewood (25-7) took a 1-0 lead on Carp's homer in the first, Derek Kennedy tied the score with a home run in the the bottom of the inning. Canyon Springs (19-9) then chase Lakewood starter Justin Wheeler in the second. Chase Allard had two-out single in the second inning to drive in two runs and Ryan Selden followed with a two-run double.
Canyon Springs plays Diamond Bar in Friday's quarterfinals.
Capistrano Valley 2, Long Beach Millikan 0
Kevin Stedman (9-1) threw a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts, and Chris McMurray went three for three, including two doubles, to lead third-seeded Capistano Valley (21-6-1), which scored both runs in the fourth inning, at Blair Field. John Kennedy had an RBI double in the fourth and scored on a two-out single by Stedman. The Cougars will face Esperanza Friday.
Diamond Bar 16, Mission Viejo 4
Brett Siegmund ewnt three for four with a grand slam, six RBIs and three runs scored to lead host Diamond Bar (19-9). Mission Viejo is 19-9.
Esperanza 4, Santa Margarita 2
Patrick Ohail drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the third to lift Esperanza (17-12). A.J. Palmer went two for three and Shane Youngdale went one for three with a double for Esperanza. Santa Margarita finishes 17-11.
Glendora 8, Cajon 4
Wes Roemer (11-3) pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief with three strikeouts, A.J. Gasperino went three for four with a run scored and an RBI and Kevin Hansen went three for four with three RBIs to lead host Glendora (20-7). Shaun Merideth went two for two with a home run and three RBIs for the Tartans. Cajon drops to 19-7.
Long Beach Wilson 9, Marina 6
Freshman Ryan Dent pitched four innings of hitless relief, allowing one run on a sacrifice fly, and went two for four with a two-run single in a five-run six inning against Marina pitcher Brandon Parillo (9-3) to lead host Wilson (21-9-1) at Blair Field. Johnny Jimenez was three for four with two RBIs and two runs scored and Ryan Schlack pitched the final two innings to get the save for the Bruins.
Corona Santiago 3 , Warren 2 (8 innings)
Ian Hollick went four for four with two RBIs and doubled in the winning run to lead host Corona Santiago (22-5) past Warren (20-8).
El Dorado 10, Santa Barbara 1
Eric McCory (6-2) threw five shutout innings, extending his streak of scoreless innings to 11, Shaun Lane went three for three with three RBIs, Mike Olsen went three for three with an RBI and Kurt Mertins two for three with a double, a triple and three RBIs for El Dorado (20-9). Santa Barbara finishes at 21-5.
Norco 4, Valencia 1
Junior left-hander Josh Romanski threw a four-hitter and drove in two runs to lead the host Cougars (22-6) over second-seeded Valencia (20-8). Romanski struck out eight and walked one in improving to 7-2.
As a sophomore last season at Corona Centennial, Romanski could not escape the first inning in a 19-0 loss to Valencia in a Division II quarterfinal.
Righetti 1, Foothill 0
Jimmy Mittleberger drove in the winning run in the sixth for Righetti (18-12), which held on to beat No. 10 Foothill (23-5). Cole St. Clair got his first lost of the season, giving up five hits and striking out eight, for the Knights.
Simi Valley 16, Aliso Niguel 2
Evan Bryan hit a three-run home run and Bryan Anderson added a solo home run and a run-scoring single for host Simi Valley (24-7). Mike Roe (10-2) had 10 strikeouts in six innings.
Villa Park 5, Saugus 0
Sophomore Alex Curry (9-0) threw a seven-hit shutout, A.J. Smith had four hits and Mitch Bialosky hit a two-run home run for the top-seeded Spartans (26-2) in a second-round Division II playoff victory at Saugus (27-1).
Villa Park pitchers have thrown 18 consecutive scoreless innings in the playoffs and allowed two runs in 23 innings overall. Curry struck out five, walked three and was helped by two double plays off fly ball outs.
West Torrance 8, Buena 3
Senior right-hander John Dunn (12-2) struck out nine and walked one over seven innings and senior first baseman John Swanson went three for four, including a home run and three RBIs, for visiting West Torrance (22-9). Buena finishes 22-5.
Hart 6, Anaheim Canyon 5
Steve Susdorf went three for four with a double and an RBI, Steve Sanchez went two for four with two RBIs and a run scored and Ryan Gagnon went two for four and doubled in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to lead Hart (17-11-1). Robert Van Scoyoc went two for three with an RBI and Matt Valaika went two for four with an RBI for the Indians. Jeff Branson went two for three with two RBIs and Garett Green went one for three with a double for Anaheim Canyon (19-9).
Chaminade 12, Silverado 3
Brendan Poole went four for five, including two doubles, and had four runs scored and three RBIs and Tyler Weed went three for four with a home run, three runs scored and two RBIs for visiting Chaminade (19-9-1). Silverado finishes 11-11.
Crespi 3, Palm Desert 1
Starting pitcher Michael Gilmartin (9-1) gave up nine hits and no runs and struck out five in five innings to lead visiting top-seeded Crespi (25-4). Trevor Plouffe had a triple, a double and one run scored, and Sean Camacho had a run-scoring triple in the sixth, Nick Santoro and Shaunt Bedrosian each had an RBI single in the first for the Celts. Palm Desert finishes 12-16.
Katella 7, Paloma Valley 0
Danny Reyes (5-2) pitched a five-hitter and struk out six, Sean Kalmen went three for three, including a double, with four RBIs and Raul Meraz went three for four with a run scored for host Katella (15-13). Paloma Valley is 13-15.
La Mirada 10, Hemet 7
Sean Dobel went four for five with three RBIs and Joe Emmerling went three for five with two RBIs for La Mirada (22-8). Hemet is 19-9.
Ocean View 12, Nogales 4
Brett Burda went two for three with a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth to make hte score 5-4 for Ocean View (18-7). Jeff Roth added to the lead with a two run home run in the fourth, finishing the day two for four with four RBIs. Ocean View's Robert Purpura struck out eight and gave up four hits over six innings. Nogales finishes 21-7-1.
Orange Lutheran 7, South Hills 3
Matt Miller hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to give Orange Lutheran a 5-3 lead and Serrin Jarvi (7-5) pitched five scoreless innings of relief as the Lancers (20-9) upset second-seeded South Hills (20-6) at Hart Park in Orange. Miller hit a two-run home run in the first inning to give Orange Lutheran a 2-0 lead.
South Torrance 5, Santa Ana Valley 3
Ryan Jones went two for three with an RBI, Steve Turner was two for two with an RBI and Matt Hopps (7-3) struck out five consecutive batters and allowed three hits over six innings for host South Torrance (20-9-1). Santa Ana Valley finishes 21-5.
Westminster 11, Alemany 6
Brice Cutspec hit two home runs and had a double and six RBIs, Blake Torgerson had two doubles and three runs scored and Robert Carey piched a complete game, striking out 12, for Westminster (18-9-1). Alemany is 16-14.
Mountain View 6, North Torrance 0
Danny Payan (7-1) pitched a six-hitter and went two for three, including a solo home run in the first inning, and Leonard Gutierrez hit a three-run home run in the third inning to lead visiting Mountain View (20-6). North Torrance finishes 16-10.
Northwood 13, Sierra Vista 0
Brian DeLoache struck out four and gave up two hits in five innings to lead host Northwood (19-10). Sierra Vista is 17-4.
Santa Maria St. Joseph 4, St. Paul 3
Kevin Buchanon hit a grand slam in the first inning for host Santa Maria St. Joseph (12-16). Dwight Tardy had a two-run double in the fourth inning for No. 2-seeded St. Paul (24-7).
Temple City 8, Northview 3
Mike Gonzales went one for three with a two-run home run and Sheehan Casey went three for four with a double and three RBIs to lead visiting No. 4-seeded Temple City (22-3-1).
Tesoro 10, Garden Grove Pacifica 4
Tony Trujillo tossed a seven-hitter, allowing four runs while striking out one, and Steve Tinoco went three for four with a RBI and one run scored for Tesoro (18-10).
Westminster La Quinta 3, St. Bernard 1
Brandon Laird and Adam Jorgeson combined for a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts for Westminster La Quinta (27-1-1). St. Bernard is 14-12.
Corona del Mar 6, Apple Valley 4
San Dimas 13, St. Bonaventure 7
Campbell Hall 7, Pasadena Poly 6
Matt Jordan scored on the front end of a double steal in the bottom of the seventh for Campbell Hall (15-6). Spencer Breecker (4-0) struck out four and had a run-scoring single.
L.A. Baptist 8, San Jacinto 3
Mike Silva hit a three-run home run, Graham Miller had a run-scoring single and sophomore right-hander Brian Sprouse (4-2) had nine strikeouts for host L.A. Baptist (16-8).
Montclair Prep 7, Arrowhead Christian 1
Grant Bomann (5-3) had seven strikeouts and Craig Partovich hit a two-run home run for host Montclair Prep (17-9).
Ontario Christian 11, Murrieta Calvary Chapel 5
Jeff Stark went two for three with a double, a run scored and three RBIs and Mike Pugliese went two for four with two doubles, a run scored and three RBIs to lead visiting Ontario Christian (20-4).
Oxford Academy 9, La Salle 1
Billy Swanson pitched 6 1/3 innings, escaping a bases loaded no-out jam in the sixth by striking out the next two and getting the final out with a groundout to protect a 3-1 lead, for Oxford Academy (19-2). Ryan Bedard went three for three with one RBI and Robert Thompson went three for four with a double and two RBIs for Oxford Academy. La Salle finishes 18-7.
Paraclete 2, Grace Brethren 1
Ryan Valdez (3-1) threw a four-hitter with three strikeouts, allowing no earned runs and one walk, and Curtis Brown went one for two with a double and an RBI to lead visiting No. 3 seeded Paraclete (17-9).
Vasquez 16, Mojave 10
China McCarney (9-1) pitched five innings with seven strikeouts and Travis Reed went two for four with two triples and three RBIs to lead host Vasquez (23-3)past Mojave(14-8).
Woodcrest Christian 8, Whittier Christian 2
Billy Hall tossed 6 1/3 innings, struck out four and allowed seven hits and Jered Gerson went three for four, including a two-run home run in the third inning, for visiting No. 4-seeded Woodcrest Christian (20-6). Whittier Christian finishes 13-11.
Big Pine 9, Santa Maria Valley Christian 2
No. 3-seeded Big Pine is 22-2; host Santa Maria Valley Christian finishes 10-9.
Boys Republic 6, Victor Valley Christian 4
Chris Crook (7-2) threw an eight-hitter with 11 strikeouts and went two for three with three runs scored and two RBIs and Ken Mullens went two for four with four RBIs to lead visiting Boys Republic (13-8).
Eastside Christian 6, Thacher 2
David Piraino tossed a five-hitter with 18 strikeouts and David Harnden went three for four with a double, an RBI and two runs scored for Eastside Christian (19-4). Thacher finishes 15-6.
Santa Clarita Christian 6, Fairmont Prep 5
Ryan Labeaune's run-scoring single snapped a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the seventh, and Nick Dashnaw (6-3) pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts and had a three-run home run for Santa Clarita Christian (14-6). Visiting Fairmont Prep finishes 14-6.
Upland Christian 9, Highland Hall 4
Sophomore J.T. Stephens went four for four with two doubles, a triple and two RBIs and Tony Trabbie (8-0) threw a five-hitter with one strikeout to lead host No. 2-seeded Upland Christian (19-3) past Highland Hall (11-3).
Cate 5, New Roads 3
Joshua Springs 10, Los Angeles Lutheran 8
Mesa Grande Academy 6, Riverside Christian 5