BASEBALL PLAYOFF BRACKETS RELEASED: CIF does the right thing, grants La Caada at-large berth; San Marino, Temple City hit the road in Div. IV; Arcadia, Monrovia, Pas Poly at home Thursday; Alhambra, Maranatha, Gabrielino at home Friday in opening round

Well, will you look at that. La Caada petitioned for an at-large berth and they got it. The Spartans, who finished fourth in the competitive Rio Hondo League this season, will hit the road tomorrow and face a tough South Torrance team.

BREAKING NEWS!!!!

Don’t look now, but it looks like I’m covering Maranatha baseball on Friday. Anybody going to roll out the red carpet for yours truly? We covered Gabrielino last Thursday and we also sent a reporter to cover Alhambra’s final game of the regular season. The pieces are falling in place and I’ll get my first taste of Maranatha baseball on Friday. Since it’s a Friday I’m kinda hoping it’s a 7 p.m. start. I know I’ve said we usually hate covering 7 p.m. games, but that only applies during the week; our deadlines extend on the weekends. Anyway, I’m hoping my buddy Amused Reader makes an appearance. I could use a good laugh.

Below is the schedule for the rest of the week. I’ll coordinate coverage and figure out who we cover Tuesday and Thursday. For now, I’ll leave you my wild card and first round predictions. Don’t be afraid to leave yours, too.

TODAY
(All games 3:15 p.m.)
WILD-CARD ROUND
DIVISION II

St. Francis (Mission 4) at Buena (Channel 2) — St. Francis wins
DIVISION IV
Temple City (Rio Hondo 3) at Sonora (Freeway 3) — Temple City wins
La Caada (Rio Hondo, at-large) at South Torrance (Pioneer 3) — LC wins
DIVISION V
Gladstone (Montview 4) at Don Bosco Tech (Camino Real 3) — Bosco wins
DIVISION VI
Flintridge Prep (Prep 3) at Kern Valley (High Desert 3) — Kern Valley wins

THURSDAY
DIVISION II

Wild Card “E” winner (Loyola/Santa Barbara) at Arcadia (Pacific 1) — Arcadia wins
DIVISION IV
San Marino (Rio Hondo 2) at St. Bonaventure (Tri-Valley 1) — San Marino wins
Barstow (Desert Sky 2) at Monrovia (Rio Hondo 1) — Monrovia wins
DIVISION VI
Rio Hondo Prep (Prep 2) at Santa Paula (Frontier 2) — Santa Paula wins
Wild Card “G” winner (Grace Brethren/Sierra Canyon) at Pasadena Poly (Prep 1) — Pas Poly wins

FRIDAY
DIVISION III

Wild Card “G” winner (Gahr/Rancho Alamitos) at Alhambra (Almont 1) — Alhambra wins
DIVISION V
Wild Card “D” winner (Azusa/Citrus Hill) at Maranatha (Alpha 1) — Maranatha wins
Lompoc Cabrillo (Los Padres 3) at Gabrielino (Mission Valley 1) — Gabrielino wins