South Hills’ Sweet 16: The South Hills High School softball team overwhelmed second-seeded Bishop Amat in stunning fashion with a hitting display that went on and on and finally ended with a 16-1 win in Tuesday’s CIF-SS Division 3 semifinal.
Visiting South Hills sent at least seven batters to the plate in six of the seven innings to advance to the championship for the second season in a row. The Huskies will face top-seeded Oaks Christian, a 2-1 winner over Chino Hills, on Friday or Saturday at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine.
Unseeded South Hills (21-7) lost in last year’s Division 5 championship to top-seeded Whittier Christian, 4-0, and Tuesday played like a team that has unfinished business.
“We’ll take on No. 1 until we get it right,” Huskies coach Scott Fisch said.
Amat’s Comeback Kids: There’s nothing quite like sweet revenge, especially when it comes in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs against a team that gave you heartache the season before.
The Bishop Amat High School baseball team knows the feeling.
Andrew Gutierrez’s RBI single scored Rio Ruiz in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Lancers rallied from four runs down to score a 5-4 victory over Torrance in Tuesday’s CIF-SS Division 4 semifinal at USC’s Dedeaux Field.
The No. 2-seeded Lancers, who dropped a 7-3 setback to the Tartars last season, improved to 28-4 and will face top-seeded Palm Desert, a 2-1 winner over Oaks Christian, for the division championship at Dodger Stadium on Friday at 4:30 p.m. It’s Bishop Amat’s first trip to a division final since 2008 and first visit to Dodger Stadium since winning the Division IV crown in 2001.
CIF-Southern Section Semifinals
Beckman 8, Bonita 2
Woodbridge at Culver City, 3 p.m.
Championship: Thursday, Dodger Stadium, 4:30 p.m.
Palm Desert 2, Oaks Christian 1
Bishop Amat, Torrance 4
Championship: Friday, Dodger Stadium, 4:30 p.m.
Oaks Christian 2, Chino Hills 1
South Hills 16, Bishop Amat 1
La Canada 6, South El Monte 2
Beaumont 4, Arroyo 0
Championships: Friday and Saturday at Deanna Manning Stadium, Irvine, TBA
No. 1 Bonita falls: Well, whatever Irvine Beckman did to get ready for visiting Bonita and senior Adam McCreery worked as the Patriots battered McCreery en route to an 8-2 victory in Tuesday’s CIF-SS Division 3 baseball semifinals.