Too many Ks for the Heralds …

Whittier Christian struggled at the plate and dropped a 2-0 decision to visiting Torrance in a CIF-SS, Division V quarterfinal softball playoff game Saturday afternoon.

The loss ends the Heralds’ season with a 19-9-1 record that includes the Olympic League (6-2) championship.

Pitcher Courtney McGee struck out five, walked three and gave up just four hits, but two of the hits and one of the walks accounted for the Tartars’ runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Torrance pitcher Jessica Moon gave up a leadoff double to Rebekah Kikuchi in the bottom of the first inning, and Nicole Fett’s bloop single that landed just inches fair inside the right field line in the bottom of the seventh. In between, Moon struck out 16, including 11 in a row.

The Heralds’ loss leaves the area with two teams still in postseason play.

La Serna will be on the road Tuesday to face unbeaten Crescenta Valley (29-0) in a Division III softball semifinal game. The Lancers edged Beckman, 2-0, in Friday’s replay of Thursday’s game that was halted after one inning due to rain and lightning.
Crescenta Valley, the division’s No. 1 seed, blanked Santa Monica, 3-0, to advance.

St. Paul will be home Tuesday to host Paraclete in a Division V baseball semifinal game. The Swordsmen downed Serrano, 6-2, as Gabriel Encinas struck out 11 Friday.
Paraclete advanced via a 15-1 rout of Hesperia.

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Cantwell season ends on sour note

Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary’s softball season ended abruptly when athletic director Pete Smolin and ;principal David Chambers opted not to pursue a protest the coaches had filed against Marymount following a 3-2, nine-inning second round playoff loss Tuesday.

Assistant coach Oscar Alvarado said the protest was filed because he and head coach Alex Blanco felt the Sailors had broken the rule concerning pre-game batting ;practice.

Asked Thursday morning if the protest had been acted upon, a CIF Southern Section spokesperson said that “Cantwell has withdrawn it’s protest.”

Contacted later Thursday mornring, Smolin said he had received a fax from the CIF-SS office explaining the ;protest had been denied, and that the school could appeal the decision if so desired.

“We have decided against filing an appeal,” Smolin said

Smolin said gthe decision then was made not to appeal the decision.

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Area baseball, softball games scheduled Tuesday …

CIF-SS Baseball playoff schedule:
Division III
Second round

Crespi at La Serna
Westminster La Quinta at California
Division V
St. Paul at Azusa

CIF-SS Softball playoff schedule:
Division III
Second round

La Serna at Garden Grove
Division V
Temple City at Whittier Christian
Schurr at San Dimas
Division VI
Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary at Marymount

All games initially scheduled for 3:15 p.m. starts.

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El Rancho stunned … and some other scores

Downey led for only 12 minutes of a two-hour baseball game, but it was
enough to bring a premature end to El Rancho’s baseball season in
Thursday’s CIF-SS Division III first round playoff contest.

Trailing 3-0 after six innings as Dons’ right-hander Chris Villalobos’
dominant one-hit effort on his way to a 10-strikeout
performance, the Vikings took advantage of a break in focus and belted a
pair of two-run home runs in the top of the seventh to win, 4-3.

In other area baseball games Thursday;
(Division III)
California upset No. 3 seed Cajon, 4-2, behind left-hander Tyler Leibert;
La Serna rallied for a come-from-behind 6-1 victory over visiting Montebello;
La Mirada lost to Paloma Valley, 6-1;

(Division V)
Host St. Paul got big relief from Bobby Santoyo in downing Montclair Prep, 16-6;
Whittier Christian lost to Bishop Montgomery, 5-0;

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