SEMIFINALS: Pasadena Poly beats Desert Christian 5-1; Arcadia can’t come from behind in 3-2 loss to Etiwanda; La Caada beats South El Monte 6-2 to reach D5 final.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
BASEBALL
SEMIFINALS
DIVISION 2
Etiwanda 3, Arcadia 2:
Etiwanda took a 2-0 lead in the fourth off consecutive singles and a leadoff triple and made it 3-1 with another set of consecutive singles. Arcadia got within 3-2 in the fifth after George Papavasiliou led off with a double. Tyler Dominguez’s sac bunt moved him to third and then Papavasiliou scored on a balk. There was a controversial play in the bottom of the seventh when Erik Trask was called out at first despite the first baseman’s foot off the base. Arcadia coach Nick Lemas asked the first base umpire to call for help at home, but to no avail. The final two batter struck out to end the game and the Apaches’ dream season.

DIVISION 6
Pasadena Poly 5, Desert Christian 1:
Brian Holman pitched six innings and gave up just one hit for his 13th win of the season. Jordan Kutzer hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning after Hunter Merryman’s two-run double in the third inning. The Panthers will play Saturday at 3:30 against the Oxford Academy/Bishop Union winner at UC Riverside.

SOFTBALL
DIVISION 5
La Caada 6, South El Monte 2:
Lauren O’Leary was a little shaky, hitting three batters and a couple walks, but prevailed, giving up three hits and two earned runs to lead the Spartans. Aubri Thompson connected on two of La Caada’s seven hits of the game. The Division 5 championship game against Beaumont will be either Friday or Saturday at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine.