Bellarmine-Jefferson 4, Chadwick 3: The Guards pushed across two runs in the seventh inning Tuesday to earn a wild-card win in the CIF Southern Section Division VI game on the road.
â€œOur kids just don't give up,â€ said Bell-Jeff Coach Hector Perez, whose team placed third in the Santa Fe League. â€œThey will play until the last out and they give it their all every game.â€
The win puts Bell-Jeff (11-6) into a first-round game at 3:15 p.m. Friday at Vasquez. Vasquez (16-2) is a freelance team, meaning it doesn't play in a league.
â€œWe are just looking forward to continuing in the playoffs,â€ Perez said. â€œWe have a young team and we could use the experience.â€
Down, 3-2, in the seventh, Patrick Haney and Henry Terrones scored runs to help the Guards pull out the win.
Haney went the distance on the mound, striking out eight.
Martin Pinedo drove in four runs for Bell-Jeff, going two for three. Haney, Matt Landini and Mitch Kellogg each had hits.
The Guards took a 1-0 lead early in the game. The Dolphins pushed the lead to 2-1 and then to 3-2.
â€œIt was a real dogfight,â€ Perez said. â€œBoth teams really were going at it. I'm just glad we were able to come on at the end.â€
Rialto 6, Burbank 1: The Bulldogs couldn't generate much offense Tuesday in losing the CIF Southern Section Division II wild-card game on the road.
The Bulldogs, which placed fourth in the Pacific League, finished the season with a 14-16 record.
Rialto (15-10) finished in second place in the Citrus Belt League.
Burbank was plagued by four errors, as the Knights had just two earned runs.
Stanford-bound Lonnie Kauppila was two for three with a triple. He also drove in the team's only run, scoring Dylan Mersola on the triple.
Greg Kohl had a double and McCauley Taylor, Chase Mersola, Dylan Mersola and Ramy Hariz had singles for Burbank.
â€” Jeff Tully