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.
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.
Ryan 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.