Baseball: South Hills and Damien win and will meet in Tuesday’s mammoth semifinals; Bishop Amat falls to Woodbridge, 8-1


CIF-Southern Section Playoff Results
Division 2

South Hills 8, Foothill 1
Damien 7, Mission Viejo 3
Division 3
Woodbridge 8, Bishop Amat 1
Tuesday’s semifinals
Division 2

Damien at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.

shills6Dieter leads the way for South Hills: Going into the fall, South Hills High School pitcher Brandon Dieter was being looked at as a possible closer for the Huskies.
However, things changed when two of the three top Huskies pitchers — Ryan Mauch and Andres Alvarez — were lost due to injury for the regular season.Dieter, a sophomore, won his second playoff game Friday afternoon, as top-ranked South Hills defeated visiting Foothill 8-1 in a CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinal game.
South Hills (24-7) will be making its third appearance in the last eight years in the semifinals. The Huskies will host Damien (17-10), a 7-3 winner over Mission Viejo, on Tuesday.
“We’re playing our best baseball at the right time,” South Hills coach Darren Murphy said. “We had contributions from everybody and it was a great team win. Brandon gave us another outstanding effort.”

Damien in first semifinal since 1997: Damien came from behind to knock off defending CIF Southern Section Division 2 champion Mission Viejo 7-3 in a quarterfinal baseball game on Friday.
The Spartans, seeded fifth, will travel to top-seeded South Hills on Tuesday for their first semifinal appearance since 1997.
Damien started its winning rally with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning when Andy Garriola was hit by a pitch and went to second on a wild pickoff throw.

Bishop Amat falls 8-1: If there was an exclamation point moment in Bishop Amat’s 8-1 loss to visiting Woodbridge in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 baseball quarterfinals on Friday, it was Aharon Modlin’s at bat in the sixth inning.
He was brushed back on a pitch that he thought hit him, but instead was ruled a foul ball off the tip of his bat.He followed a couple pitches later with a blooper in foul territory along first that should have been caught for a out, but was dropped while two Amat players fought for it.On the next pitch, he put any Amat hopes to rest, belting his second two-run homer of the game to deep left for a 7-1 lead and the celebration began.

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