Baseball playoffs: Ty France with 11 Ks in South Hills 4-0 win; Damien keeps dream alive with 6-5 thriller over Redlands East Valley; Nogales shuts out St. Paul, 3-0, Glendora clobbers Arlington 11-5; Northview, San Dimas lose

Is there a better all-purpose player than Ty France? Senior comes through again … Area strong in first-round of D-2 playoffs, winning three of five

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN,
Playing in the final postseason of his stellar career, South Hills High School baseball standout Ty France left nothing to chance in Thursday’s first round of the Division 2 playoffs against Upland.

France got the start and spent the entire afternoon baffling the Scots for a 4-0 win. France went the distance and struck out 11.

“I guess it was a good day,” said France, who also had two hits and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly. “I knew we had to win, so I gave it all I’ve got.

“It’s a little scary. I have to give it everything I’ve got because if I lose our high school baseball career is over.”

The Huskies improved to 18-7. Upland finished 18-10. (To continue click thread)

Nogales gives Romano win No. 595: The Valle Vista League champion Nobles (22-6) beat St. Paul 3-0 on Thursday and will face the winner of the Savannah-Estancia game on Tuesday in a Division 4 second-round matchup at a site to be determined.

Northview loses nailbiter: Porter had a key two-run single in the fourth inning and Staumont struck out two in the seventh to lead the host Highlanders to a 3-2 victory over Northview in a CIF-Southern Section Division 4 first-round game.

Baseball First-Round Results
Division 2
Damien 6, Redlands East Valley 5
South Hills 4, Upland 0
Glendora 11, Arlington 5
Aliso Niguel 3, Chino Hills 1
Cypress 2, Claremont 0

Division 4
Nogales 3, St. Paul 0
La Habra 3, Northview 2
St. Bonaventure 5, San Dimas 3

That France would even get the start on Thursday was somewhat of mystery. Huskies coach Kevin Smith had his choice of three starters from the pitching staff that allowed the fewest runs in the Sierra League this season en route to the league championship.

But France got the call and it was apparent right away that he wasn’t messing around.

“I think that was one of the reasons they started me today, because they (Upland) didn’t know anything about me,” France said. “I’d say I have one of the better curve balls on our team and they were having trouble with the off-speed. That’s why they started me and I was feeling it today.”

South Hills scored in the first and third innings to give France an early 2-0 lead. The Huskies didn’t take complete control until the fifth when they scored twice more.

C.J. Saylor drove in Anthony Muniz, who had walked a batter earlier, for a 3-0 lead. Moments later, France got Saylor home from third with sac fly to make it 4-0.

“It was nice to breathe for a second, but I knew I couldn’t let down,” France said of the two insurance runs in the fifth. “This is a good team and they’re here for a reason. If I let down, who knows what could’ve happened. So I kept my foot on the pedal.”

Upland threatened in the sixth by putting runners and second and third with two outs. But France got out of it by getting Justin Beck to ground out to end the inning.

The Scots had another chance in the seventh, getting two on, before France got Ryan Ponder to hit into a double play to end the game.

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  • socalbaseball fan

    In a first round game Damien beat REV 6-5 scoring 2 runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead. Key hits were doubles by CF Kevin Macedo and P Chad Lee. REV used their closer 6’6″ sr Justin Jacome replacing starter Jackson McClelland. Big hits in the game were a 2 run homer by Damien’s 1B Jack Spohn and a solo shot by Jacome for REV.

  • Oldguy1

    Ty France is a stud, he’s back has to be sore from carrying team today. Complete game, shutout, 3 RBIs. SH won in what is normal fashion today. Danny Sheehan lead off single in first bunt, France drives him in. Tony Muniz double, Ty France Drives him in. CJ Saylor triples driving in Muniz, France drives in Saylor. Congrats to Damien too. Sierra League looks good.

  • D-2fan

    Tustin beat Crescenta Valley
    Claremont loses 2-0 to Cypress
    Canyon Springs wins plays SH next
    Trabuco Hills beats Dos Pueblos
    Mission Viejo beat Chaminade

  • Chonkadonkj


  • Damien Parent

    Now where are the Damien baseball dads. Our team just played through two rounds of CIF and are moving on. Great job boys and coaching staff. Winning CIF games does not happen when your coach is as bad as you claimed a few days ago. Listen, let the boys play, let the coaches coach and dads, sit in the stands and cheer on your team. Damien has been to the quarter finals the last three consecutive years and the goal has to be the finals this year, it can be done. Lets pull together and give our coach and the team our support. Enough of the whinning. Dads, be the men you are to be and the role model that your son is looking for. Be SPARTANS!

  • Fred Robledo

    Winning quiets all. Seriously, what could they say now? Great job Leyva. What I tried to point out when the boo-birds started is to realize how difficult the Sierra League was. You knew good teams might not make the playoffs. Look at the Sierra now, three teams in the second round. Kinda validates everything. You can count old Sierra foe Glendora too, this town knows how to play Big Boy Baseball.

  • Spartans Fan

    Fred, there is only two Sierra League teams left Chino Hills lost 3-1. And Claremot lost, only Damien and South Hilla are alive.

  • Fred Robledo

    My mistake, the tweet I got last night was that Chino Hills won, they did indeed lose, thanks for the correction.

  • Damien alumni

    To all Damien parents,

    There’s always the doubters/whiners. Thats just what you have to deal with being apart of the school. Just deal with it and ignore the parents who complain cause their kids aren’t playing.

    To the doubters,

    Don’t sleep on this team because of their record or seeding . Like someone mentioned before, (class of 09, 10, 11) each made it to the quarterfinals. Although the overall talent was better on those teams (specifically 09), this years team could go even past the quarters. They have shown that they don’t give up and obviously can play the underdog role pretty well. Good luck to the team the rest of the way.

    Like I said, don’t look into the record or seeding in regards to Damien. The 09 and 10 teams were both third in a tough league yet, played wild card games, road games against 1 seeds and eventually lost hard fought games in the quarterfinals (last team left in their league) The team in 09 even lost to Crespi, the eventual CIF champ.

    Go Damien!!

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