The Inland Empire and the Southwestern League, in particular, is demonstrating its strength in the Boras Classic, with league rivals Vista Murrieta and Temecula Valley advancing to Saturday's 6 p.m. championship game at Mater Dei.
Jack Moberg, Brandon Nelson and J.T. McLellen combined on an eight-hitter for Vista Murrieta (10-3) in a 4-1 victory over Glendora. Temecula Valley (11-1) knocked off Mater Dei, 4-1, behind the strong pitching of Burke Mitchell.
In consolation games of the Boras Classic, Valencia defeated Chino Hills, 7-4. Chad Bible and Hunter Holland each hit home runs and finished with three RBIs. Jake Pries, Brady Shockey and Parker Joe Robinson each had two hits in JSerra's 9-7 win over San Dimas. Elias Orona had a home run for San Dimas.
In South Carolina, South Hills won the Mingo Bay tournament with a 9-0 win over Myrtle Beach. South Hills is 12-1-1. First baseman Frank Ramirez was named tournament MVP. He had three doubles in two games on Thursday.
Rancho Cucamonga defeated Los Osos, 7-1. Jordan Dynes had a home run and Joseph Hamilton had two hits and two RBIs.
St. John Bosco picked up a 5-4 win over Long Beach Wilson. Alec Rodriguez and Gavin Windes each had two hits for the Braves. Jackson Foss had a home run for Wilson.
In the Moore League, Long Beach Poly defeated Lakewood, 2-1. Tai Tiedemann broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single.
Angel Lerma of Marshall allowed one hit and struck out eight in a 3-0 victory over Birmingham. He has an 0.37 ERA and allowed just 13 hits in 38 innings this season.
Matt Nash had four hits in Granada Hills' 5-4 win over Poly. John Schultz allowed two unearned runs in six innings. He's allowed one earned run in 36 innings this season.
In the Valley Mission League, Kennedy (10-3, 3-1) defeated Van Nuys, 4-0. Noah Valenzuela struck out five and walked none. Estevan Rodriguez had three RBIs. Sylmar defeated Panorama, 26-0, in five innings. Jake Arevalo, Danny Cervacio and Alex Gutierrez had four RBIs each. Sylmar has a two-game showdown with San Fernando next week.