Could Jurupa Hills-Citrus Valley softball this week be CIF-SS title game preview?

Jurupa Hills coach Scott Cartzdafner said he was “more than positive” his team would see Citrus Valley in the CIF-SS Division 5 championship game in three weeks.

He said that after his team lost to defending Division 6 champ Citrus Valley 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh to give Citrus Valley the Mountain Valley League title on Thursday. That was two days after Jurupa Hills knocked off Citrus Valley 3-2 on a walk-off two-run homer.

Citrus Valley is ranked No. 1 in the division and a favorite to get back to the CIF-SS title game. But what about Jurupa Hills? The Spartans were ranked fifth entering this week.

A year ago, Citrus Valley won its final 21 games en route to the CIF title. In the final 20 of those games, 2 of the 3 closest games were 3-2 and 4-1 wins over Jurupa Hills. The 4-1 win came in the CIF semifinals. Jurupa Hills might’ve been the second-best team in the division last year, but because the Spartans tied for 2nd in league and went into the playoffs as the No. 3 team, they could end up on the same side of the bracket as Citrus Valley, hence meet in the semifinals.

This year, since Jurupa HIlls is the No. 2 team in the league, the Spartans will be on the opposite half of the bracket from No. 1 Citrus Valley. So they could meet in the finals. But will they?

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First-round CIF-SS football playoff results

OK, here we go, with Friday night’s scores — some surprises and some expected. San Bernardino County teams in bold.

Biggest surprise? Summit’s loss. Second biggest surprise? Not that Redlands won, but how the Terriers ran over Chino Hills. “Upset” that I wasn’t surprised by? Jurupa Hills beating Fillmore.

INLAND DIVISION
Vista Murrieta 34, South Hills 6
Norco 50, Redlands East Valley 22
Rancho Cucamonga 33, Corona Santiago 17
Charter Oak 24, Chaparral 14
Upland 35, Great Oak 6
Redlands 55, Chino Hills 27
Murrieta Valley 35, Eisenhower 27
Corona Centennial 47, Los Osos 21

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