By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
When Baldwin Park’s Dominic Hilo watched Century centerfielder Chris Santana stop running, he knew it was time to get his trot on.
Hilo’s grand slam in the third inning combined with pitcher Ben Fonseca’s complete game, 11 strikeout performance was more than enough to lead Baldwin Park to an easy 8-2 victory over Century in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 baseball playoffs on Friday.
Baldwin Park (21-5) will face La Serna, a 4-1 winner over La Habra, in the second round on Tuesday. Home field will be determined by a coin flip on Saturday.
“We’ve worked hard to get to this point,” Hilo said. “We’re trying to make a run at this thing, we’ve got four games to go.” To continue reading, click thread
San Dimas 7, Torrance 1: It wasn’t just gloomy weather that cast a shadow over Friday’s CIF Division 4 first-round baseball game between San Dimas and Torrance. The game was played with the Saints’ 2009 CIF championship banner, won against the Tartars, in the backdrop and draped over the wall in center field at San Dimas High. All of the players have departed from four years ago, but the result was the same as No. 4-seeded San Dimas (23-6) knocked Torrance (15-13) out of the playoffs with a 7-1 win. It was the Saints’ first postseason victory since beating the Tartars at Angel Stadium four years ago.
South Hills 2, Rio Mesa 1: South Hills’ baseball team got a two-hit pitching performance from senior Adrian DeHorta and defeated Rio Mesa 2-1 in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first-round playoff game on Friday. The Huskies will face the winner of the San Clemente-Mayfair matchup in a second-round game on Tuesday at a site to be determined.
CIF-SS BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
Friday’s First Round Results
South Hills 2, Rio Mesa 1
La Mirada 7, Damien 4
Aliso Niguel 7, Claremont 1
Northview 7, Ramona 4
San Dimas 7, Torrance 1
Baldwin Park 8, Century 2
Kaiser 3, Nogales 0
Tuesday’s Second Round Updated
South Hills at San Clemente, 3:15 p.m.
Bishop Amat at Palm Desert, 3:15 p.m.
Diamond Bar at St. Paul, 3:15 p.m.
South Torrance at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas at Santa Ana Calvary Chapel, 3:15 p.m.
La Serna at Baldwin Park 3:15 p.m.
Village Christian at El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Oak Hills at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.