Preview of championship weekend for high school baseball and softball
It’s championship weekend for baseball and softball on Friday and Saturday in the Southern Section. There are top matchups for baseball at Cal State Fullerton and for softball at Barber Park in Irvine. And the City Section softball championships will be held Saturday at Cal State Northridge.
Here’s some featured matchups.
Division 1 baseball
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame vs. JSerra at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cal State Fullerton: Both teams have top pitchers rested and ready to go. Notre Dame has its ace, Cole Clark, a Loyola Marymount commit, set to oppose a JSerra team that has relied on pitching by committee but still has JJ Hollis (8-0) available, along with Oregon State commit Tyler Gough. These are evenly matched teams who like to bunt if needed and are good defensively. Neither coach Tom Dill of Notre Dame nor coach Brett Kay of JSerra has won a Division 1 title. JSerra lost in last year’s final to Harvard-Westlake.
Division 2 baseball
Etiwanda vs. Torrance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cal State Fullerton: With seven straight wins, surging Etiwanda enters the final with momentum. Senior Armando Briseno has 40 hits. Freshman Brady Ebel has made major contributions on the mound and at the plate. Torrance has shown it belongs by using outstanding pitching to eliminate top-seeded Arlington in the second round and knock off Maranatha in the semifinals.
Division 1 softball
Los Alamitos vs. Eastvale Roosevelt at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Barber Park: Los Alamitos coach Rob Weil is seeking his seventh championship with a team that has defied expectations. “We’ve got a great group of kids,” he said. “We’re very talented. It was just a matter of working together.” The Griffins upset top-seeded Oaks Christian in the semifinals. Roosevelt made it out of the tough Big VIII League. Coach Mike Smith is trying to win his third CIF title with three different teams.
Division 2 softball
Long Beach Millikan vs. Mission Viejo at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Barber Park: Sophomore pitcher Sofia Elliott has been solid on the mound for Mission Viejo, which started the season 10-0. Millikan battled to the championship game behind talented sophomores.
City Section Open Division
El Camino Real vs. Kennedy at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cal State Northridge: The defending champion Royals are seeking their 18th City title. Pitcher Brooke DeSmet has benefited from strong defense and lots of hitting. Kennedy has been the underdog from the beginning but upset No. 2 Granada Hills in the playoff opener and has scored lots of runs in the playoffs.
Ryan Zurn might be 10 years old but the fifth-grader is in his second year of announcing La Mirada High baseball games. He handles it with aplomb.
Southern Section at Barber Park (Irvine)
Division 3: Tesoro vs. #1 Bonita, 12:30 p.m.
Division 4: #1 Moorpark vs. #3 Temple City, 3:30 p.m.
Division 2: Millikan vs. #2 Mission Viejo, 6:30 p.m.
Division 7: #2 Capistrano Valley Christian vs. Linfield Christian, 9:30 a.m.
Division 5: #2 El Toro vs. #4 Cajon, 12:30 p.m.
Division 6: Hillcrest vs. Elsinore, 3:30 p.m.
Division 1: Los Alamitos vs. #3 Eastvale Roosevelt, 6:30 p.m.
Friday at Birmingham
Division IV: #5 Camino Nuevo vs. #3 Maywood CES, 3 p.m. (on JV field)
Division III: #2 Mendez vs. #1 Santee, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday at Cal State Northridge
Division II: #13 Garfield vs. #3 Gardena, 9 a.m.
Division I: #6 Chavez vs. #5 Legacy, 12 p.m.
Open Division: #7 Granada Hills Kennedy vs. #1 El Camino Real, 3 p.m.
JSerra defeats Villa Park in a drama-filled finish to advance to the Southern Section Division 1 baseball final Friday against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.
at Cal State Fullerton
Division 7: Baldwin Park vs. Hueneme, 1 p.m.
Division 5: #1 Moreno Valley vs. #2 Burbank Burroughs, 4 p.m.
Division 1: Sherman Oaks Notre Dame vs. #2 JSerra, 7:30 p.m.
Division 6: Estancia vs. #4 Anaheim, 10 a.m,.
Division 4: Fullerton vs. #3 Tesoro, 1 p.m.
Division 3: #1 La Quinta vs. Oaks Christian, 4 p.m.
Division 2: Torrance vs. Etiwanda, 7:30 p.m.
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