A look at the area’s top five high school baseball second round playoff games.
Division 1: South Hills (22-7) at J.W. North (19-12), 3:15 p.m.
The talent-rich Huskies have a lot going for them. They’ve played a brutally tough schedule and fared well. They rallied in the second half of the season to share the Palomares League title and beat neighboring Damien 4-0 in the first round to advance to face North.
The Huskies, who won a Division 2 title last year, are poised to make a run and let’s face it, North is lucky to be in the second round after disposing of South Coast runner-up Mission Viejo, 2-1. If the Huskies are going to lose in the D1 playoffs, it won’t be here. The Pick: South Hills.
Division 1: El Toro (24-7-1) at Bishop Amat (20-9), 3:15 p.m.
On the brink of elimination, Bishop Amat rallied with two runs in the seventh inning to knock off Chaminade 2-1 and now gets to host second-seed El Toro, a 5-4 winner over Tesoro.
The question is, which Bishop Amat team will show up? The one that stunned everyone and won the National Classic? Or the one that finished last in the Boras Classic? Truth is, few teams have played a schedule as difficult as Amat and it still has 20 wins. But El Toro’s the second seed for a reason and Amat hasn’t fared well against the best of the best. The Pick: El Toro
Division 2: Rio Mesa (23-3) at Glendora (25-6), 3:15 p.m.
The Tartans weren’t seeded in Division 2, but they have as good a chance as any of running the table and winning it. Remember, the reason it tied South Hills for the Palomares league title was because it swept South Hills in back-to-back games toward the end of the season.
Glendora looked sharp in beating Woodcrest Christian 7-2 in the first round and on paper, faces a difficult Rio Mesa squad that shut out Lakewood 9-0 in the opener. But at home, look for the Tartans to do enough to get by. The Pick: Glendora
Division 3: Righetti (25-6) at Charter Oak (17-5), 3:15 p.m.
The Chargers scored four runs in the fifth inning to rally on the road to beat Placentia’s Valencia 5-4 to advance to play second-seed Righetti, a 2-1 winner over Culver City. The Chargers have been a surprise since they advanced to the championship of the season-opening Frozen Ropes Classic and lost to South Hills.
Getting Righetti at home is the perfect spot and the Chargers are a legitimate sleeper, so look for the upset in Round 2. The Pick: Charter Oak
Division 6: Rancho Christian (23-3-1) at El Monte (14-5), 3:15 p.m.
There’s a lot to feel good about at El Monte, winners of the Mission Valley League title for the first time in 25 years, a five-game winning streak and an 11-7 first-round playoff victory over Rio Hondo Prep.
But it’s safe to say Rancho Christian, a 5-1 first-round winner and top seed, will be by far the Lions’ biggest test of the season. If you’re wondering if there’s a Cinderella chance the Lions sneak by, the answer is yes, because they’ve shown the ability to score a lot of runs. But the reality is, they haven’t faced the type of pitching they will get from Rancho Christian, so the fun ride probably ends here. The Pick: Rancho Christian.
Tuesday’s second round schedule
All games at 3:15 p.m.
No. 4 South Hills (22-7) at J.W. North (19-12)
No. 2 El Toro (24-7-1) at Bishop Amat (20-9)
Rio Mesa (23-3) at Glendora (25-6)
Walnut (20-8) at Sierra Canyon (23-7)
No. 2 Righetti (25-6) at Charter Oak (17-5)
Santa Ynez (25-7) at Wilson (16-8)
Nogales (25-2) at Serra (16-10)
No. 1 Rancho Christian (23-3-1) at El Monte (14-5)
Southlands Christian (17-7) at Twentynine Palms (15-7)
Joshua Springs (10-10-1) at Gladstone (13-10)