Unlike the thriving softball teams, two rounds into the CIF-SS baseball playoffs only one local team remains alive, Division 3 No. 1 seed Bonita.
After a first-round 18-1 victory, the Bearcats ran into more resistance in Tuesday’s second round but prevailed in a two-run game against Garden Grove. In Friday’s quarterfinals, Bonita will host Paramount, the third-place team from the San Gabriel Valley League that has knocked off two league champions in as many postseason games.
The Damien baseball team, a Division 2 at-large playoff team from the Sierra League, failed in its bid to defeat a second league champ as Mission Viejo ousted the Spartans in the second round, 9-1. Alta Loma also went down in Division 2 as the Baseline League champions ran into the No. 2 seed and Mt. Baldy League winner Don Lugo lost to the Rio Hondo League champs in the second round.