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Fred J. Robledo is the local sports editor for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group

Baseball playoffs: Nogales, Walnut, punch tickets to semifinals

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
Friday’s results
Division 2

St. John Bosco 3, Glendora 2
Division 3
Walnut 3, El Segundo 1
Division 4
Tahquitz 2, Wilson 1
Nogales 3, Capistrano Valley Christian 1
Division 7
No. 3 Arrowhead Chrstian 11, Gladstone 5

Tuesday’s Semifinals
Division 3

Paso Robles at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
Tahquitz at Nogales, 3:15 p.m.

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Dakota Casper helps deliver St. Lucy’s to semifinals, 4-0; Wilson knocks out Harvard-Westlake

Dakota Casper delivers for St. Lucy’s Dakota Casper has had her fair share of big games for St. Lucy’s, but this might have been her best, and it moved the Regents within one game of playing for a championship.Casper threw a shutout and went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs in a 4-0 victory over Villa Park in Thursday’s CIF Southern Section Division 2 quarterfinals.The win sends St. Lucy’s (19-6) to Tuesday’s semifinals where it will be at home against Camarillo, a 9-1 winner over Santa Monica.If you thought there would be complacency a game after St. Lucy’s knocked off previously undefeated and top seed Gahr, 10-4, in the second round, think again.“Not with this team,” St. Lucy’s coach David Gaither said. “They’re a close group that’s playing their best during the best part of the season. They’ve played in the Baseline league, the best league in the San Gabriel Valley and that’s prepared us for this. We’re enjoying it.”

Wilson in semifinals for first time since 2000: Wilson’s softball team continued its late-season surge with a 6-0 win over fifth-seeded Harvard-Westlake in a CIF-Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinal playoff game Thursday afternoon.
The Wildcats will host top-seeded Sierra Canyon in a semifinal game Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. It will be their first semifinal since they won a CIF-SS championship in 2000.
Wilson (17-10-2) broke open what had been an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel in the bottom of the sixth when it sent 11 batters to the plate and scored all of its runs.

Errors cost Charter Oak: First-year Charter Oak softball coach Brittany Saucedo’s mantra to her squad all season was simple; to execute the little things for a complete game.
The Chargers learned the hard way on Thursday what happens when they don’t execute the little things.Visiting Dana Hills defeated Charter Oak 12-5 in a CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoff game. In the first three innings, Charter Oak committed two errors that led to nine Dolphins runs.
“If we make some of the plays at the beginning of the ballgame, it’s a totally different game,” Saucedo said. “We fought for the entire game. We had runners on base almost every inning. It just didn’t go our way today.”

Los Altos loses close one: Ayala High School softball coach John Ameluxen has enjoyed his 2017 season, but with five freshmen and two sophomores starting for a team that finished in third place in the Palomares League, what could he expect for the CIF Southern Section playoffs?
As it turns out, a lot.
For the first time since winning the CIF-SS title in 2010, Ayala advanced to the semifinals with a 1-0 victory over visiting Los Altos in a Division 3 quarterfinal Thursday. Ayala (24-10) will play at Hart on Tuesday.

South El Monte’s big season comes to an end: The South El Monte High School softball team’s dream postseason ran into Lilly Robles on Thursday afternoon and the senior ace was all too happy to give the Eagles a rude wake-up call.
Robles piled up 13 strikeouts and gave up only three hits to lead Heritage Christian to a 11-1 win over host South El Monte in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs. The Warriors will play Godinez in next week’s semifinals.

High School Softball Playoffs
Thursday’s Quarterfinal Results
Division 2

St. Lucy’s 4, Villa Park 0
Dana Hills 12, Charter Oak 5
Division 3
Ayala 1, Los Altos 0
Division 5
Heritage Christian 11, South El Monte 1
Division 6
Wilson 6, Harvard-Westlake 0
Division 7
Century 4, Mountain View 3

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Rosters set for June 4 San Gabriel Valley all-star softball game at Citrus College

The 2017 San Gabriel Valley Softball All-Star Game rosters are set. It’s a unique game this year in that it is not just a senior game, it’s a true all-star game that features the best of the best, regardless of year. The game will be played on Sunday, June 4 at Citrus College at 6 p.m.

On Twitter, follow @SGVSBAllStars for any and all information regarding this season’s game.

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South Hills baseball loses a stunner, Bishop Amat falls; Glendora, Walnut, Nogales, Wilson, Gladstone all win.

South Hills blows 8-0 lead: South Hills (22-9), the No. 4 seed, was sailing along leading, 8-2, behind junior pitcher Brandon Dieter, who struck out eight and allowed only two hits.
The junior was relieved in the fifth inning J.W. North (20-12) scored twice in the inning and eight in the sixth to advance to the quarterfinals against Vista Murietta on Friday.
South Hills was led by senior Jacob Dominguez with two hits, a run and an RBI, while senior Zack Bromstead had a home run and scored twice. Senior shortstop Jacob Amaya was 2 for 4 with a run and a stolen base.
South Hills took a 2-0 lead in the second on the home run by Bromstead and Deiter’s RBI single. The Huskies took an 8-2 lead when they added six runs in the top of the sixth.

WATCH THIS: Murphy not a happy camper.

Amat comes up a run short: Bishop Amat coach Joe Hoggatt did what every coach would do in the sixth inning of the Lancers’ second-round CIF Southern Section Division 1 baseball game against visiting El Toro.In the bottom of the fifth, Bishop Amat’s Jason Gonzalez had just crushed a two-run homer over the left field fence to tie the contest at 2-2.
Sensing that the game had become a two-inning contest, Hoggatt replaced his starting pitcher Blake Archuleta with ace Isaac Esqueda. In his last four games, Esqueda had an earned run average of 0.03.
“We figured that bringing in (Esqueda), we get a couple of zeros, scratch out a run, and we’d be off to the next round,” Hoggatt said. “But, it didn’t work out that way.”
Instead, it was El Toro’s Tyler Lasch that connected on a ground-ball single to left field that scored Erik Tolman with the eventual game-winning run in the sixth inning to help lead the Chargers to a 3-2 victory on Tuesday.

Glendora 3, Rio Mesa 2 – Brock Welte’s squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning of the Division 2 second-round game drove in the game-winning run for the Tartans (26-6). Dylan Diaz pitched four innings of no-hit ball, Bryce Wooldridge went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Jake Gonzalez had an RBI. Glendora will face St. John Bosco in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Wilson 1, Santa Ynez 0 (9 innings) – Mat Orozco drove in the game-winning run and Matt Rodriguez pitched eight shutout innings, striking out 10, for the Wildcats (18-8) in the Division 4 second-round victory. Rodriguez has not given up an earned run in 31 consecutive innings, dating back to April 27. Wilson will face Tahquitz in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Gladstone 3, Joshua Springs Christian 2 – Aaron Karbowski pitched a three-hit complete game, striking out 10, for the Gladiators (14-10) in the Division 7 second-round game. Andrew Amezquita went 2 for 4, knocking a pair of runs and Aaron Cervantes went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Gladstone will face Arrowhead Christian Academy in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Tuesday’s second round results
Division 1

J.W. North 10, South Hills 8
El Toro 2, Bihsop Amat 1
Division 2
Glendora 3, Rio Mesa 2
Division 3
Walnut 7, Sierra Canyon 3
Righetti 3, Charter Oak 2
Division 4
Bartstow 5, Pomona 4
Wilson 1, Santa Ynez 0, 9 innings
Nogales 10, Serra 8
Division 6
Rancho Christian 6, El Monte 4
Division 7
Gladstone 3, Joshua Springs 2

Friday’s Quarterinals
All games start at 3:15 p.m.
Division 2

Glendora at St. John Bosco
Division 3
El Segundo at Walnut
Division 4
Tahquitz at Wilson
Capistrano Valley at Nogales
Division 7
Gladstone vs. Hamilton-Arrowhead Christian winner

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St. Lucy’s stuns undefeated Gahr, wins 10-4; Charter Oak holds on to beat Upland, 8-7; Los Altos, South El Monte also win

St. Lucy’s shocks unbeaten Gahr, 10-4: The Regents (18-6) upset the No. 1 seeded Gladiators (26-1), handing Gahr its first loss of the season in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 second-round game. Audrey Sellers hit a grand slam and Dakota Casper pitched a complete game for St. Lucy’s. The Regents will host Villa Park in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
“It feels good. It’s definitely a big momentum,” Casper said. “We’re just going to keep that momentum going on Thursday. Just stick to the same thing we did against Gahr and we’ll be successful.”
For the Regents, the game plan going into Tuesday’s matchup was to keep the Gladiators guessing.
“All week really we were told to stay on the corners, change it up and keep them off their toes basically,” Casper said. “And then my team, they’re my No. 1 supporters and they were just telling me the whole time to keep playing my game.”
Even when Gahr backed Casper into a corner, she did not falter under the pressure.
“They scored three runs one inning, it was bases loaded and no outs, but I had trust in my defense,” Casper said. “They’ve gotten me out of spots like that before.”
Although Gahr had not lost entering Tuesday, St. Lucy’s approached the Gladiators like they were just another opponent.
“We’re use to it,” Casper said. “With the league we play in, we have such intensity with Etiwanda, Upland and Chino Hills. So it just feels like another win in league honestly.”

Wilson 3, Santa Paula 1 — Elena Bahimtewa pitched a complete game, striking out four, improving her record to 8-3 and went 2 for 3 with a triple for the Wildcats (16-10-2) in the Division 6 second-round victory. Manelle Meono went 1 for 1, with a triple, a pair of walks, two runs scored and three stolen bases and Mia Ayala drove in the go-ahead run for Wilson. The Wildcats will face Harvard Westlake in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Salgado’s grand slam lifts Charter Oak to victory: There’s no sense playing with words, Charter Oak freshman Morgan Salgado is a beast at the plate, and she delivered like one in the third inning against Upland on Tuesday, belting a two-out grand slam to center that turned a two-run deficit into a two-run lead, and was the difference in the Chargers’ 8-7 victory over Upland in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 softball playoffs.
Charter Oak advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals where it will host Dana Hills, a 1-0 upset winner over third-seed Rio Mesa. The home run was Salgado’s fifth to go with her 24 RBIs.
“Being a freshman and being able to do that is really exciting,” Salgado said. “I was looking for an inside pitch and it was literally right down the middle and I swang and it went over. Incredible.”

Los Altos keeps on rolling: Dominant is the only way to describe the performance of Savannah Diederich on Tuesday afternoon.
The Los Altos junior pitched a two-hitter, struck out 13 batters and knocked in two runs with a double and a home run to lead the Conquerors to an 8-0 win over Crescenta Valley in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 second-round softball game.
The third-seeded Conquerors (24-6) will travel to Ayala for a quarterfinal game at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday. It is the Conquerors’ first appearance in the quarterfinals since 2009.

Tuesday’s second round results
Division 1

Pacifica 3, South Hills 0
Division 2
St. Lucy’s 10, Gahr 4
Charter Oak 8, Upland 7
Division 3
Los Altos 8, Crescenta Valley 0
Division 4
Montclair 12, Arroyo 1
Division 5
South El Monte 5, Barstow 2
Division 6
Wilson 3, Santa Paula 1
Culver City 7, Azusa 2
Division 7
Mountain View 10, Animo Leadership 0

Thursday’s quarterfinals
All games start at 3:15 p.m.
Division 2

Dana Hills at Charter Oak
Villa Park at St. Lucy’s
Division 3
Los Altos at Ayala
Division 5
Heritage Christian at South El Monte
Division 6
Harvard-Westlake at Wilson
Division 7
Mountain View at Century

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CIF-Southern Section Baseball polls released; Damien at South Hills highlights first round matchups


By Aram Tolegian
Read Pairings story:
It jumped right off the page for local high school baseball fans scanning the playoff pairings released Monday by the CIF Southern Section: Damien at South Hills in the first round of the Division 1 playoffs.
Words like “blockbuster” and “showdown” were being used on social media to describe it in the moments following the announcement.
“We know what they are, they’re very talented and they’re very dangerous,” Damien head coach Andy Nieto said of South Hills. “On our end, we’re very excited to join the party. We’ve had a rough year for a variety of sorts, but I’m really proud of our guys for toughing it out. “We like our chances. I don’t think there’s very many teams as battle tested as we are. I’m proud of my guys for weathering the storm.”
South Hills was made the No. 4 overall seed in the Division 1 field. The Huskies won Division 2 last season and got bumped up to the top-shelf grouping this season because of it. South Hills beat Damien in last year’s Division 2 semifinals. The Huskies enter this year’s postseason at 21-7 and co-champs of the Palomares League.

All games scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m., unless noted
Division 1 First Round – Thursday’s games

Damien at South Hills
Chaminade at Bishop Amat
Division 2 First Round – Friday’s games
Woodcrest Christian at Glendora
San Dimas at Mira Costa
Division 3 Wild Card – Tuesday’s games
Cajon at Northview
Division 3 First Round – Thursday’s games
Wild Card winner F at Walnut
Charter Oak at Placentia Valencia
Division 4 First Round – Friday’s games
West Covina at Santa Ynez
Wilson at La Quinta
La Serna at Nogales
Sierra Vista at Sonora
Division 6 Wild Card – Tuesday’s game
Arroyo at Yucca Valley
Division 6 First Round – Friday’s Games
Rio Hondo Prep at El Monte
Santa Clarita Christian at Pomona
South El Monte at Moreno Valley
Division 7 Wild Card – Tuesday’s wild card
Rosemead at Bosco Tech
Division 7 First Round – Thursday’s Games
La Verne Lutheran at Hamilton
Gladstone at San Jacinto Valley Academy

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