CIF-SS Local Baseball Playoff Pairings
Division 2 Wednesday’s wild card
Burbank at Damien, 3:15 p.m. Friday’s first-round
Bonita at Cajon, 3:15 p.m.
Rio Mesa at No. 4 South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Burbank-Damien wc winner at No. 3 Glendora, 3:15 p.m. Division 3
Tuesday’s wild card
Los Altos at Northwood, 3:15 p.m.
Northview at Elsinore, 3:15 p.m. Thursday’s first-round
La Quinta-Palmdale WC winner at No. 1 San Dimas, 3:15 p.m
St. Paul at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at Arroyo Grande, 3:15 p.m.
Palos Verdes-Culver City wc winner at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Charter Oak at Redondo Union, 3:15 p.m. Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card
Templeton at Rosemead, 3:15 p.m.
Azusa at Pomona, 3:15 p.m.
El Monte at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Lompoc at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m. Thursday’s first round
Windward-Bishop Montgomery wc winner at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
San Marino-Desert Hot Springs wc winner at Garey, 3:15 p.m.
Temple City at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
HE’S STAYING: In a recent post on Aram’s In the Huddle Five Burning Questions, he asked about the potential of Baldwin Park’s 6-foot-5 standout offensive lineman Francisco “Paco” Perez possibly transferring to Bishop Amat, Cathedral, La Mirada or somewhere else given Perez’s potential at the next level. But Perez, who has offers from Arizona State, Washington State, California, Stanford, Texas Tech, Kansas State and others, answered that question emphatically on twitter today announcing he isn’t leaving Baldwin Park.
Interesting isn’t it? It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a high school athlete announce on Twitter that he ISN’T transferring. Get use to it, this is where we’re going with social media. At the same time, good for Perez because nine out of ten times a player of his level would leave his friends behind for greener pastures. I guess he realized whether he’s at Mater Dei or Baldwin Park, his offers aren’t going to change.
By Fred J. Robledo There’s usually no greater pressure than heading into the CIF-Southern Section playoffs as a divisional top seed.Except in San Dimas’ case, where the bullseye will take on an entirely different meaning when the Division 3 high school baseball pairings are announced on Monday. It’s not just championship or bust, it’s history or bust. It’s trying to do something no Southern Section team has done in more than two decades or bust. Finish undefeated.
The Saints wrapped up a perfect regular season on Wednesday, beating Wilson 3-2 in dramatic fashion to improve to 28-0, which set a San Gabriel Valley record for consecutive victories, eclipsing Bishop Amat’s 1993 record of 27 consecutive wins.
It didn’t come easy.
Wilson’s Vincent Santana hit a two-out, two-run homer to left in the fourth inning to stun Saints ace Peter Lambert to take a 2-0 lead. But the Saints rallied back with power of their own.
With runners on the corners in the fifth, Tommy Acuna belted a three-run homer to left — his first of the season — to give the Saints a 3-2 lead that sent them on their way to victory.
When Acuna walked to the plate, teammate Jacob Castillo whispered something in his ear.
“He (Castillo) said stay calm and do what you do best,” Acuna said. “We’ve come back from bigger deficits before, two runs is nothing for us.”
Other than giving up the homer, the UCLA-bound Lambert was dominant again, allowing two hits while striking out 15 to outduel Wilson’s Matthew Rodriguez, who dropped to 6-3.
But it was Acuna that saved the unbeaten season for the Saints.
USA TODAY NO. 1: San Dimas baseball’s historic season has it ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today’s Top 25 National rankings that was updated May 6. San Dimas is 26-0 following a 9-0 win over Rowland on Thursday, leaving it one game shy of matching Bishop Amat’s 1993 San Gabriel Valley record for consecutive baseball victories with 27. Bishop Amat didn’t win the championship that year, but its 27 straight wins is eighth all-time in the CIF record books. Lompoc owns the CIF record for consecutive wins with 36 set in the 1970-71 season.
Assuming San Dimas can win its next two games, which includes a pair next week against Wilson with a chance to close out the Valle Vista League undefeated, San Dimas would head to the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs with a perfect record and not just a chance to win a D-3 crown, but an opportunity to win a USA Today National title.
Girls softball Bishop Amat vs. St. Paul for Del Rey Leauge title at York Field in Whittier on Monday, May 11, 2015. St. Paul wins 6-4. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Whittier Daily News)
By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WHITTIER >> The Del Rey League softball championship will remain at St. Paul High School.
Myranda Bueno had three hits and four RBIs and the Swordsmen clinched a share of the league title Monday with a 6-4 victory over rival Bishop Amat at York Field.
Gabby Walker was steady in the circle and had a RBI single for the go-ahead run in the fifth for St. Paul, which improved to 19-6 overall and 10-1 in league play. The Swordsmen won the Del Rey League en route to the CIF-Southern Section Division III title last season.
Alyssa Barrera hit a two-run home run in the seventh and Miranda Larios had four hits and a RBI for the Lancers, who slipped to 16-7 and 9-2.
“This means a lot,” Bueno said. “We knew people were talking about us this year, about how we lost all our seniors from last year. But we’re back in it.”
St. Paul, after giving up the lead in the top of the fifth, regained it in the bottom of the inning. Sydney Kriemann was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning before Niko Walker walked. Gabby Walker, with runners on second and third and two outs, then lined a RBI single to right field for the 3-2 lead.
Jacilyn Candelas then walked with the bases loaded to make it 4-2 before Bueno singled to right-center for two runs and a 6-2 lead.
“I faced Samaria (Diaz) in practice on my travel ball team,” Bueno said. “I was just doing what I usually do.”
Bishop Amat tried to rally in the seventh. Rayne Barragan led off with a single and Barrera homered to right field to cut it to 6-4. Larios then singled with one out before Madeline Ramirez reached on a fielding error.
Gabby Walker then ended it by inducing Julia Menrad to pop out to short.
“It’s all about timely hitting,” Bishop Amat coach Kristen Dedmon said. (St. Paul) came up with runners on base and they were able to put the ball in play.
“We started to rally back in the last inning, but we needed to do that earlier in the game.”
Bishop Amat took the early lead, going up 1-0 in the second on a walk to Menrad, a single by Julia Valenzuela and RBI ground out by Sabrina Gonzalez.
St. Paul countered with two runs on a pop double by Bueno for a 2-1 lead. The Swordsmen then put it away with its four-run fifth.