Diamond Bar wasn’t alone. The Brahmas suffered the fate of the other two local baseball teams in Tuesday’s CIF-SS semifinals, falling a game short of playing for a championship. After Diamond Bar couldn’t convert a third-inning leadoff triple into a run, it was all downhill in a 10-2 loss to second-seeded Gardena Serra.
Though San Dimas avoided an Oaks Christian ace expected to be a first-round draft pick, the Saints fell to the No. 1 seed, 3-0. Division 2 No. 3 seed Los Osos went down in heartbreaking fashion, falling victim to a two-out single in the final inning of a 3-2 loss to second-seeded Temecula Valley. Ontario Christian, the final local baseball team standing, will play its Division 5 semifinal today after the game was delayed due to Oak Hills’ graduation.
For all CIF-SS baseball semifinal scores, click the link below.
Thursday’s 1-5 record doesn’t do justice to the heartbreak felt by local softball teams in Thursday’s quarterfinals. San Dimas lost in extra innings, Ayala (pictured above) coughed up a final-inning two-run lead and Kaiser’s eight-run second inning wasn’t enough in a 15-9 loss. Defending CIF champion Chino was the lone survivor thanks to the Division 2 No. 3 seed’s 10-0 win over Dana Hills. Fellow defending CIF champ Pomona Catholic is still alive in Division 6, but won’t play until Friday after its expected opponent today, Indio Shadow Hills, was removed from the playoffs for taking illegal batting practice.
Etiwanda’s team of nine freshman ousted the No. 3 seed on the way to the quarterfinals, but the lone local in Division 1 couldn’t get past Yorba Linda. Ayala, the fourth-place team from the Sierra League that ended the season of Division 2 No. 1 seed Mission Viejo on Tuesday, had a 3-1 lead entering the final inning of an error-marred 5-3 loss to Long Beach Millikan. Chino Hills, another defending CIF champ, was hoping for an all-Sierra League semifinal with Ayala but struck out 11 times in a 2-0 loss to Lakewood ace Janelle Hayes.
Here are all of Thursday’s quarterfinal scores:
Bishop Amat 54, Westminster 50
Ventura 62, Aliso Niguel 49
Vista Murrieta 61, Miller 54
Canyon Springs 80, Buena 51
El Toro 70, Corona Santiago 64
Crescenta Valley 68, Millikan 54
Dana Hills 61, West Ranch 59
Santa Monica 75, Aliso Niguel 63
Wednesday’s CIF-SS scores and upcoming schedule.
First, the scores
Etiwanda 79, Huntington Beach Edison 50
Miller 56, Anaheim Canyon 47
Riverside North 79, Ayala 53
Lynwood 65, Chino 42
Canyon Country Canyon 74, Kaiser 40
Bonita 52, Manhattan Beach Mira Costa 47
Laguna Hills 58, Diamond Ranch 56
Newport Harbor 8, Santa Barbara 5
Corona del Mar 10, Foothill 9 (OT)
Mater Dei 9, Corona Santiago 7
Santa Margarita 9, El Toro 8
Palos Verdes 12, Harvard-Westlake 7
Los Osos 12, Arroyo Grande 6
Here are Tuesday’s boys basketball and girls soccer playoff scores from the Inland Valley:
Moreno Valley Rancho Verde 61, Chino Hills 59 (2 OT)
Inglewood 76, Rancho Cucamonga 51
Etiwanda 68, Temecula Great Oak 50
El Toro 66, Diamond Bar 50
Thousand Oaks 68, Miller 49
Anaheim Canyon 85, Don Lugo 59
Tustin 52, Bonita 48
Santa Margarita 63, Diamond Ranch 45
Damien 62, Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon 32
La Verne Lutheran 73, Los Angeles Windward 68
Here are some wrestling and girls basketball results for Inland Valley from Saturday.
The wrestling lists CIF-SS Masters qualifiers from the Inland Valley
Inland Valley wrestling CIF-SS Masters qualifiers
106: Alex Garcia, Rialto (1st, Eastern); David Gonzalez, San Dimas (3rd, Central); Jorge Campos, Colony (3rd, Eastern); Elijah Diaz, Montclair (4th, Eastern).
Moreno Valley Rancho Verde 50, Los Osos 43
Chino Hills 68, Montclair 40
Rancho Cucamonga 77, Riverside King 62
Orange Lutheran 88, Eisenhower 64
Silverado 81, Los Alamitos 69
Etiwanda 73, Palmdale Highland 39
Next on Tuesday: Moreno Valley Rancho Verde at Chino Hills; Rancho Cucamonga at Inglewood; Silverado at Corona Centennial; Temecula Great Oak at Etiwanda.
Diamond Bar 64, Whittier California 50
Valencia 76, Arroyo Valley 57
Next on Tuesday: El Toro at Diamond Bar.
Perris 56, Redlands 46
Oxnard 61, Ontario 45
Temecula Valley 60, Victor Valley 51
Cajon 65, Vista Del Lago 38
Miller 63, Summit 44
Next on Tuesday: Murrieta Valley at Cajon; Thousand Oaks at Miller.