Diamond Bar wasn’t the Hacienda League team most expected to be going strong in the Division 3 semifinals, but the Brahmas have long since outlasted league champion and defending CIF champ Bonita, a surprising first-round victim.
The second-place team from the Hacienda League allowed its first run of the playoffs in a 5-3 win over third-seeded Gahr in the quarterfinals and will host a second-seeded Gardena Serra team today that is averaging over 13 runs a game in the postseason.
Three of the top four seeds remain in the CIF-SS Division 2 semifinals, including third-seeded Los Osos, which will visit No. 2 seed Temecula Valley today. The Baseline League champion Grizzlies have made their deepest ever run in the postseason but face a tall task today seeing as Southwestern League champ Temecula Valley has scored at least nine runs in each of its three postseason games and is averaging an 8.6-run margin of victory.
San Dimas, the most recent CIF champion still alive, will pay a visit to Division 4 No. 1 seed Oaks Christian today. The fourth-seeded Saints claimed a CIF title in 2009 and are hoping to get a shot at one of two unseeded teams in the other semifinal, Baldwin Park or El Rancho.
Ontario Christian, the No. 3 seed in Division 5, has won two one-run games in the playoffs to set up a semifinal against second-seeded Oak Hills. The Ambassador League champion Knights will host their semifinal Wednesday after the game was moved to accommodate Oak Hills’ graduation.
TODAY’S LOCAL SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE
Division 2: Los Osos at Temecula Valley
Division 3: Serra at Diamond Bar
Division 4: San Dimas at Oaks Christian
Division 5: Village Christian at Citrus Valley
Division 5: Oak Hills at Ontario Christian