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It’s a new era for City Section baseball, with the Open Division playoffs starting in May. The top teams will compete. League play begins next week, with the big two-game matchup in the West Valley League between Birmingham and El Camino Real.

So far, Birmingham (13-5) is proving to be a clear No. 1 through the nonleague season because of excellent pitching depth and a top hitter in Johnny Tincher. But the pitching depth advantage will soon disappear when the Open Division playoffs begin on May 17. That’s because you can go with just one pitcher for playoffs on May 17, May 24 and May 30.

It’s when the City championship game is played on June 2 at Dodger Stadium that you won’t be able to use the same pitcher throughout the playoffs. So one top pitcher might get you to the final but two will be needed to win it all.

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Orange County is the place to be this coming week with the Boras Classic and National Classic bringing together top teams. The Boras Classic South Division final is 6 p.m. Friday at Mater Dei. The National Classic final is 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Cal State Fullerton.

The top six teams in The Times’ top 25 rankings are in the Boras Classic — Huntington Beach, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Harvard-Westlake, Orange Lutheran, Etiwanda and El Toro. The tournament starts on Tuesday.

Here’s the link to the complete schedule. The winner will advance to play the Boras Classic North Division winner on May 5 at Santa Clara.

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After winning its first 11 games, Mira Costa suffered its first baseball defeat Saturday, falling to Gahr 4-3.

Matthew Polk had a double and RBI for Gahr, which has played a very difficult schedule and hung tough. Dylan Dennis and Kyle Karros each had two hits for Mira Costa.

In the St. Paul tournament, St. Francis defeated Paramount 6-3. Christian Muro, Will Schmidt and Mikey Kane each had two hits.

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Orange Lutheran is unbeatable in Cary, N.C.

For the second consecutive season, the Lancers have won the National High School Invitational at their favorite home away from home.

The Lancers defeated North Carolina Green Hope 9-3 on Saturday in the championship game. That means Orange Lutheran is 8-0 in games in Cary the last two seasons.

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Zach Lew’s RBI single in the top of the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie and lifted Orange Lutheran past Florida Calvary Christian 3-2 on Friday to send the Lancers into the championship game of the National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C.

Christian Rodriguez allowed two hits in 5 2/3 innings and Evan Adolphus pitched the final 1 1/3 innings.

Orange Lutheran has won three consecutive games in the tournament. Chad Born and Cole Winn each had two hits.

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ACADEMY LEAGUE

Crean Lutheran 16, St. Margaret's 1

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New Servite football coach Troy Thomas got a big name to be his offensive coordinator.

Darnell Arceneaux, who had success as head coach at Saint Louis in Honolulu, has been hired for the position.

Arceneaux coached quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Tua Tagovailoa in Hawaii.

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Sierra Canyon is more than just a basketball school. The Trailblazers won the San Diego Lions baseball tournament championship on Thursday with a 9-2 victory over Chula Vista Mater Dei.

Noah Levin was named tournament MVP. Billy Edwards went three for three.

Huntington Beach stayed unbeaten in the Sunset League with a 6-0 victory over Edison at Angel Stadium. Nate Madole and Zeke Ziegler combined on the shutout. Dylan Ramirez had two hits and three RBIs.

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ARROWHEAD LEAGUE

Carnegie 12, Upland Christian 1

There was no fooling around for Orange Lutheran on Wednesday in its tournament opener in the National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C.

The Lancers went with their ace, Cole Winn, and he delivered. striking out nine and allowing one hit in six innings in a 9-0 victory over Florence.

Corona Santiago was beaten by American Heritage 1-0. Cruz Barrios gave up only two hits for the Sharks, who got only one hit in the game. Santa Ana Mater Dei was beaten by Sandra Day O’Connor 4-0. Emilio Rosas had three hits for Mater Dei.