BASEBALL: Maranatha gets past Lancaster Desert Christian in 13

Popham lifts Maranatha

Minutemen earn a 3-2 victory over No. 2 seed and will travel to Bishop for Tuesday’s semifinals.

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Above: Maranatha gathers between innings during its game against Lancaster Desert Christian in the CIF-SS quarterfinals Saturday at Brookside Park Jackie Robinson Field. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/SPORTS)

Tuesday’s Game
CIF-SS Division VI Semifinals

Maranatha at Bishop, 3:15 p.m.
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BASEBALL: Bishop Amat puts San Marino away early.

Bishop Amat too tough in CIF Division V quarterfinals

San Marino’s season comes to an end as Bishop Amat scores 13 runs in the first two innings, including 11 in the second, en route to a 15-1 victory over the Titans.

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Above: San Marino had a tough day in a 15-1 loss to Bishop Amat. (Correspondent photo by Larry Goren)

My thoughts: Bishop Amat is, by far, the best team I’ve seen in person this season. They’re like a machine with literally no apparent weaknesses.
I did get a kick out of watching Lancers head coach Andy Nieto at the edge of the dugout and as third-base coach.
He could be called the Billy Martin of high school coaching and he knows how to work the umpires, the crowd and the opposing team. He’s always chirping at the umps and even got a couple of calls reversed.
If Amat doesn’t win the championship, I’d have to call it a disappointing season. Having said that, I don’t see anyone beating the Lancers.
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BASEBALL: Maranatha rescheduled, San Marino to give it a go


Maranatha’s game against Lancaster Desert Christian has been rescheduled for Saturday at Brookside Park. The game is officially scheduled for 4 p.m. The worst-case scenario would be if there’s bad weather Saturday. Then the game would be played on Monday, yes Monday. What’s bad about that is apparently the pitch counts would be applied to next week and not this week.
Stay tuned.

San Marino’s game with Bishop Amat is still on after the coaches from both teams surveyed the field. I’ve been told, even though there’s another front coming in, unless there’s a major downpour, Game On.
I’d imagine Bishop Amat wants the game played today or tomorrow so Titans pitcher Nick Wilson only has three innings available to pitch.

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BASEBALL: San Marino, Maranatha in quarterfinals

San Marino High School defeated Campbell Hall 5-1 Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinal round of the CIF-SS Division V playoffs. The Titans will face off against defending champion and No. 1-ranked Bishop Amat Friday at 3:15 p.m. at McNamee Field.

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Question: Does San Marino have any chance of winning this game? Does playing in the tough Rio Hondo League help its chances any?

Maranatha earned a come-from-behind 6-5 win over Riverside Notre Dame and will host Lancaster Desert Christian Friday at Brookside Park at 3:15 p.m.

Question: As the rounds get tougher, does Maranatha have what it takes to reach the top?

Friday’s games
Division V

Bishop Amat at San Marino, 3:15 p.m.
Division VI
Lancaster Desert Christian vs. Maranatha at Brookside Park, 3:15 p.m.

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BASEBALL: Titans upend Campbell Hall

San Marino defeats the Vikings 5-1 to advance to a quarterfinal showdown against Bishop Amat.

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Above: San Marino players celebrate after Nick Wilson drove in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning during the Titans 5-1 win over Campbell Hall. (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

My thoughts: San Marino pitcher Nick Wilson did enough to keep the Viking bats at bay and drove in the winning run with a single.
The crowd was outstanding and there was a new touch thrown in with sound effects to give the feel of a minor league atmosphere. The big-bad Lancers of Amat will get a taste of the atmosphere on Friday. It’s a tough matchup for San Marino, but stranger things have happened.
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