Justin Campbell didn’t pitch last season while recovering from an injury, so Wednesday’s Southern Section Division 2 wild-card playoff game against Calabasas was a chance to show what he can do when healthy.
The 6-foot-7 senior pitcher headed to Tulane struck out 11 to help Simi Valley defeat the Coyotes 8-1. He also hit a three-run home run.
Simi Valley advances to play St. Bonaventure in a first-round game on Friday. It should be the Pioneers’ Andrew Devine against St. Bonaventure ace Jake Saum.
Oaks Christian defeated Loyola 8-0. Ernest Adendorff threw five shutout innings with seven strikeouts. Charlie Adamson had two hits and three RBIs and Rylan Thomas added two hits and two RBIs.
Santa Margarita defeated Kaiser 3-2. Spencer Edwards struck out five in two shutout innings of relief. Jonny Giannola had two RBIs.
Trabuco Hills defeated La Salle 2-1, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh on Jake Naso’s walk-off double.
King defeated Village Christian 5-2. Kaden Moeller and Esteban Nakashima each had three hits. Parker Welch hit a home run.
Redondo defeated Wilson 8-2. Jake Thau allowed three hits in six innings.
Sierra Canyon defeated Grace Brethren 2-1. Jaden Noot pitched and hit Sierra Canyon to victory. His home run in the sixth inning gave the Trailblazers the lead.