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JSerra tops Dana Hills, 3-0, in Southern Section Division 1 baseball playoffs

JSerra shortstop hits three-run home run to beat Dana Hills

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In a scoreless game and with a 3-and-2 count, Chase Strumpf of San Juan Capistrano JSerra belted a hanging slider far over the left-field fence for a three-run home run to help the No. 1-seeded Lions defeat Dana Hills, 3-0, in a first-round game of the Southern Section Division 1 baseball playoffs Friday.

“I was just trying to put the ball into play. I guess I got it a little bit,” Strumpf said of his blast in the bottom of the third inning off hard-throwing junior right-hander Hans Crouse, a USC commit.

Collin Quinn (11-0), a sidearmer who barely hits 80 mph — Crouse was throwing in the 90s — threw a six-hit shutout, striking out seven. Crouse gave up three hits with six strikeouts.

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Strumpf happens to be a UCLA signee. In fact, since December 2012, when he was a freshman and had never taken a varsity swing, he has been committed to UCLA. No second thoughts. No decommit. No drama.

But there was plenty of drama before the game, because Crouse sent a message via a social media video directing profanities at JSerra Coach Brett Kay that the Dolphins were coming for him and the Lions.

Dana Hills Coach Tom Faris said he was aware of the video and would take disciplinary action. But Crouse was allowed to pitch.

“I don’t think he’s happy with me and I’m not happy with him,” Kay said of Faris. “If [Crouse is] over at our school, he’s expelled. The kid is absolutely good enough for who he is as a baseball player. He shouldn’t have to do those things.”

JSerra's Chase Strumpf watches his three-run home run soar toward the left-field fence during the third inning of a 3-0 victory over Dana Hills on Friday.

JSerra’s Chase Strumpf watches his three-run home run soar toward the left-field fence during the third inning of a 3-0 victory over Dana Hills on Friday.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

There were no incidents during the game and everyone shook hands afterward.

“This was the most electric atmosphere I’ve seen on this field,” Kay said of the standing-room only crowd.

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Friday’s Division 1 playoffs produced two no-hitters. James Acuna of Cypress no-hit Huntington Beach Edison, 3-0. Michael Hobbs of Corona no-hit Huntington Beach Marina, 8-0.

In City Section Division I, the top four seeds from the West Valley League advanced to Tuesday’s semifinals at USC. It will be No. 1 Chatsworth vs. No. 4 Cleveland and No. 2 El Camino Real vs. No. 3 Birmingham.

Follow Eric Sondheimer on Twitter: @latsondheimer

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