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

South Hills baseball’s dramatic finish ends with sixth championship and 4-3 victory over Redlands East Valley

huskiesBy Fred J. Robledo
South Hills has been in many championships and won its fair share, but there was nothing more nerve-racking and thrilling than what unfolded in Saturday’s CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino.
“This is why Hollywood keeps making movies,” South Hills coach Darren Murphy said. South Hills scored two runs in the seventh, then got an inning ending double play in the bottom of the seventh with the tying runner on third to escape with a 4-3 victory over Redlands East Valley to win the school’s sixth championship.

It was the top-seed Huskies’ (26-7) first title since 2009, finishing the season on a 14-game winning streak and giving Murphy his first title at South Hills in his third season since moving over from Northview, where he won a title in 2008.
“It was sweet,” Murphy said. “It’s hard to find the words to describe it.”
South Hills’ starting sophomore Brandon Dieter was cruising with a 2-0 lead and only allowed two hits through five innings, but after giving up a leadoff triple to Paul Rojas in the sixth, South Hills turned to lefty Ryan Mauch, who returned following an ACL injury just before the playoffs and had been clutch in a closing role, having thrown nine scoreless innings in the postseason.
But Mauch struggled.
After REV’s Christian Kirtley hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Rojas to cut the Huskies’ lead to 2-1, things continued to fall apart.
Isaiah Gonzalez singled and Brent Vansant walked, with Gonzalez later stealing third.
Joseph Ortega Rodriguez’s squeeze attempt looked like an easy play at home for Mauch, but he fumbled the ball, allowing Gonzalez to score to to make it 2-2 with Vansant taking third.
Justin Wear squeezed home Vansant for the 3-2 lead and suddenly the Huskies were down to their last three outs.
“It was scary,” South Hills’ Chris Moya said. “When they got those three runs, it went through our minds, ‘what just happened?’ But as a team we’re so close we knew we could come back and we played for each other until the end.”
South Hills’ Quinn Cotter led off the seventh with a single and Jacob Dominguez legged out a single. After Dieter’s grounder moved the runners over, Robert De La Cruz singled home Cotter to tie the score, then Moya’s flyout scored Dominguez for the go-ahead run and 4-3 lead.
And just when it looked like South Hills might blow it again allowing runners on first and third with one out in the bottom of the seventh, it got an inning-ending double play and the celebration began.
“The stories will get better as we get older and how we were down ten runs and came back,” Murphy joked. “It adds to the drama, no doubt about it. But you’re excited beyond belief. I have so much respect for our kids.
“The range of emotions from A-Z is incredible. One thing I believed in and I did say to the kids in the seventh is think about how good it’s going to be when we comeback. You say that to try and keep them positive, but I think our schedule, the things we do, playing who we play and the fact we really have some studs that show up in big games is what we’re about.”
After wasting a one-out double in the first, South Hills took a 2-0 lead in the third inning.
Dieter singled and later scored on a passed ball, then Nick Lugo ripped a shot that REV pitcher Andrew Miner couldn’t handle for an infield single, scoring Moya from third.
It stayed that way until things unravelled in the sixth, but the way it ended, with the Huskies having to pick-up Mauch, who went from what appeared to be a tough loss to an improbable win, one more storyline to a terrific finish.
“The offense picked him (Mauch) up tonight,“ Murphy said. “Ryan wasn’t as sharp and that was bound to happen. That’s what I was worried about, would we be in shock because we hadn’t seen anyone score on him in a long time. When you only have one inning to play off what happened, that’s what made me nervous.
“Hey, If we won 2-0 that’s fantastic, but that’s why Hollywood keeps making movies. This was a Hollywood ending.”

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SGV Baseball Blue/Red Senior and Underclassmen All-Star games today at the University of La Verne at 11 and 3:30 p.m.

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By Fred J. Robledo
The 21st annual San Gabriel Valley all-star baseball game for seniors will be played on Sunday, June 5, at Ben Hines Field at the University of La Verne at 3:30 p.m.
The annual San Gabriel Valley underclassmen all-star game will precede the senior game at La Verne at 11 a.m., creating a dynamic doubleheader for area fans.
Last year’s all-star games were played at East Los Angeles College following several years in which it was played at Mt. San Antonio College.
The University of La Verne poured $20 million into new baseball and softball fields, and last year La Verne hosted the San Gabriel Valley all-star softball game to rave reviews.
The SGV all-star baseball games pits the East Red Team, coached by Northview’s Danny Roddy, against the West Blue Team, coached by Rosemead’s Danny Meza and Keppel’s Andrew Macedo.
Each year the SGV nominates former coaches to the SGV Hall of Fame, and this season will nominate former Azusa Pacific and Azusa High coach Tony Barbone along with former La Salle coach Brian Miller.

HERE ARE THE ROSTERS FOR ALL THE GAMES
SGV BASEBALL UNDERCLASSMEN GAME

REDUNDER

BLUEUNDER

SGV SENIOR GAME
REDSENIOR

BLUESENIOR

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South Hills baseball hoping to add sixth championship against Redlands East Valley in Saturday’s championship

CIF-SS Division 2 championship
South Hills (25-7) vs. Redlands East Valley (23-7) at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, 4 p.m.

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South Hills-Redlands East Valley Preview: South Hills baseball coach Darren Murphy knew the Huskies had a loaded roster and the expectations were championship or bust.
When the Huskies weren’t living up to those expectations with a poor showing in the prestigious Boras Classic and some head-scratching non-league losses, Murphy promised there would be better days ahead.
He was right.
South Hills (25-7) rebounded the second half of the Palomares League to win the title going away to earn the CIF Southern Section Division 2 top seed and it hasn’t looked back, winning 13 straight to advance to Saturday’s championship at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, where it will face Redlands East Valley (23-7) at 4 p.m.

mauchRyan Mauch’s comeback story: Ryan Mauch, who will attend Long Beach State on an athletic scholarship, could have decided he had played his last high school baseball game and those close to him wouldn’t have given it another thought.
But the South Hills senior, who tore his ACL in August, wasn’t ready to walk away. He knew the Huskies could be something special this season and worked to be part of it.

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South Hills punches championship ticket with 4-1 win; Bishop Amat softball falls 1-0 in semis

Video highlights, interviews up at 8 p.m.
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HUSKIES TO PLAY FOR FIRST TITLE SINCE 2009: South Hills High School’s big 6-foot-4 left-hander, Ryan Mauch, could have called it a season in the fall when he tore his ACL in the opening game playing for the Huskies’ football team.
Mauch missed nearly all of the baseball season while rehabbing in hopes of having an impact in the playoffs. The Long Beach State commit did just that, throwing big innings down the stretch to lead South Hills to a 4-1 victory over Damien in Tuesday’s CIF Southern Section Division 2 semifinal.The victory sends the top-seeded Huskies (25-7) to Saturday’s championship against Redlands East Valley, a 2-1 winner over Dos Pueblos, at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino. The starting time will be announced Wednesday.
“One of the awesome things about Ryan Mauch is that he wanted to play for his high school when most kids want to play for their college,” South Hills coach Darren Murphy said. “Ryan continuously rehabbed, fought and a lot of people told him not to come back; that your future is Long Beach State. But he wanted to come back and play with his high school teammates. He came back a month ahead of time and he’s a big reason we’re playing on Saturday.”

Bishop Amat falls 1-0 in semis: Kat Ung was shaking. Her emotions indescribable.
Ung was moments removed from throwing a two-hit shutout, helping to send the Redondo High School softball team to the CIF Southern Section Division 3 championship game with a 1-0 victory over Bishop Amat in Tuesday’s semifinal meeting at Redondo High.
Redondo (23-9) will play Grand Terrace, a 7-0 winner over Burroughs, in the championship game either Friday or Saturday.

CIF-Southern Section finals schedule
Baseball
Saturday’s championships
At San Manuel Stadium, Riverside
Division 1

Harvard Westlake vs. Murrieta Mesa, 7:30 p.m.
Division 2
South Hills vs. Redlands East Valley, 4 p.m.
Division 3
Redondo Union vs. Woodbridge, 1 p.m.
Division 4
Laguna Beach vs. Kaiser, 10 a.m.
At Riverside Community College
Division 5

Woodcrest Christian vs. Cantwell Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.
Division 6
Sage Hill vs. Crean Lutheran, 3:30 p.m.
Division 7
Excelsior Charter vs. Academy of Academic Excellence, Noon

Softball
Friday’s Championships
At Bill Barber Park, Irvine
Division 7

Rolling Hills Prep vs. Faith Baptist, 2 p.m.
Division 3
Grand Terrace vs. Redondo Union, 4:30 p.m.
Division 2
Valley View vs. Mission Viejo, 7 p.m.
Saturday’s Championships
At Bill Barber Park, Irvine
Division 4

North Torrance vs. Torrance, 10 a.m.
Division 6
Paraclete vs. Savanna, 12:30 p.m.
Division 5
Lompoc vs. Louisville, 3:30 p.m.
Division 1
Orange Lutheran vs. Mater Dei, 6 p.m.

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

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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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Softball Playoffs: Bishop Amat wins on walkoff in 7th; South Hills, San Dimas, Nogales lose

Alyssa Barrera delivers: Typically, the job of the leadoff hitter is to just get on base and let others make things happen.
Bishop Amat High School senior Alyssa Barrera was on the other side of that equation in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 softball quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon.The leadoff hitter needed to make it happen for once. And she did, delivering a game-winning single with one out in the seventh inning to carry the Lancers to a 1-0 victory over Laguna Hills.
“I was just trying go up there and hit the ball hard,” Barrera said. “All I was trying to get was on base. When I saw it go through, it was, ‘Yes, yes, keep going, keep going.’ It was big relief off my shoulders. We did it. We did it.”

San Dimas can’t score enough: Facing the top-seeded team in the playoffs is never an easy task, and it was too much for the San Dimas High softball team on Thursday.
The Saints gave it their best shot against St. Bonaventure in the CIF-SS Division 5 quarterfinals, but fell 14-3.Several defensives miscues allowed St. Bonaventure (21-6) to jump out to a 2-0 lead.

Thursday’s Softball Quarterfinal Results
Division 2

Valley View 1, South Hills 0, 9 innings
Division 3
Bishop Amat 1, Laguna Hills 0
Division 5
St. Bonaventure 14, San Dimas 3
Louisville 7, Nogales 0
Tuesday’s Semifinals
Division 3

Bishop Amat at Redondo Union, 3:15 p.m.

lugo10South Hills falls in 9 innings: Valley View pitcher Eileen Perez wasn’t trying to out perform or out pitch South Hills’ Florida-bound junior Natalie Lugo, she was trying to give her team a chance and that meant being nearly flawless, and she was.
Perez threw a two-hit shutout and Valley View scored in the ninth inning for the only run in a 1-0 victory at South Hills in Thursday’s CIF Southern Section Division 2 quarterfinal.Fourth-seed Valley View improved to 26-1 with its 24th straight win to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2012, where it will host La Habra, a 4-2 winner over Rio Mesa on Tuesday.
Lugo allowed three hits and struck out 17 and the run she allowed in the ninth was unearned.But Perez was solid as well, retiring nine straight to end the game.

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Boys Hoops: Bishop Amat’s Harrison Kay headed to Central Connecticut

kayBishop Amat’s Harrison Kay headed to Central Connecticut: The Central Connecticut men’s basketball team and head coach Donyell Marshall announced Harrison Kay has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend CCSU in the Fall of 2016. Kay, a talented frontcourt player, becomes the fifth commitment for Marshall and the Blue Devils for the upcoming 2016-17 season.
“Harrison is a player we felt that we had to get with this class,” Marshall said. “He’s a multi-dimensional big man as far as the things he can do going inside and posting up, as well as on the perimeter shooting three’s. I just thought that the way we were going with the class, we needed size and we needed someone of his caliber. Coach Witcoskie did a wonderful job of getting his game film and getting to him right away and getting it done. We felt like with the players we got before him that he was the key piece to this recruiting class.”

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