Nogales advances to semifinals for the first time since 1978: LA PUENTE >> Nogales High School was always tabbed as the gutty and gritty Nobles, who despite fielding a solid program couldn’t quite catch a break in the postseason.But no more.
Jonathan Guardado tossed a two-hitter and his brother Juan drove in the go-ahead run to lead host Nogales to a 3-1 victory over Capistrano Valley Christian in a CIF Southern Section Division 4 quarterfinal on Friday.
The Nobles (27-2), who also got six strikeouts from Jonathan Guardado and two hits each from Joe Robles, Mike Quijano and Chris Guardado, advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 1978. They will host Tahquitz, a 3-2 winner over Wilson, on Tuesday.
Capistrano Valley Christian, getting a RBI from Andre Antone, finished 22-9.
In a quirk of fate, Nogales’ last appearance in the semifinals also followed the Nobles winning a Montview League title, like this season after moving over from the Valle Vista League.
— Stephen Ramirez
CIF-Southern Section Baseball Playoffs
St. John Bosco 3, Glendora 2
Walnut 3, El Segundo 1
Tahquitz 2, Wilson 1
Nogales 3, Capistrano Valley Christian 1
No. 3 Arrowhead Chrstian 11, Gladstone 5
Paso Robles at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Tahquitz at Nogales, 3:15 p.m.