How quickly have the fortunes changed for the El Rancho High School baseball team?A lot. Two weeks ago, the Dons were on the cusp of missing the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Now, they are a win away from advancing to the quarterfinals. El Rancho will look to punch its ticket when it hosts Apple Valley on Tuesday in a Division 4 second-round game at 3:15 p.m.
El Rancho pitcher Vince Fuentes (26) is hugged by catcher Steven Banuelos (44) after their win over Bloomington in their CIF baseball wild card round last week. The Dons host Apple Valley today for a spot in the Division 4 quarterfinals.
(Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)
The Dons (16-14), who beat Whittier 4-3 in eight innings on May 6 to earn their spot in the postseason, have advanced with wins over Bloomington and No. 3 seed West Torrance.
El Rancho is led by senior Vince Fuentes, who has a shot to score a school-record 21 career wins with a victory on Tuesday. He also has 12 RBIs and 11 doubles. Apple Valley (13-10) advanced with a 5-4 win at Barstow.
Here’s a brief look at today’s other area playoff games:
La Mirada at Rancho Cucamonga, 3:15 p.m. >> The Matadores (22-7), who won their second Suburban League title in three seasons, advanced with a 1-0 win over Ayala. They are led by junior Kevin Kendall and senior Daniel Jung, who have 28 and 27 RBIs, respectively.
Rancho Cucamonga (17-10-1) advanced with a 6-3 win over Burbank Burroughs.
Cal at Fullerton, 3:15 p.m. >> The Condors (19-9) are led by catcher Eric Sotelo and infielder Gilly Rodriguez, who have 13 and 12 RBIs, respectively. Cal advanced with a 5-4 win over Schurr.
Fullerton (15-14) got a forfeit win over Torrance last week.
Santa Fe at Rialto, 3:15 p.m. >> The Chiefs (17-13) advanced with a 5-0 win over Grace Brethren. They are led by pitcher Robert Lucia, who pitched a no-hitter in the first round.
Rialto (20-7) beat Alta Loma in the first round.
Montebello at Century, 3:15 p.m. >> The Oilers (19-11) advanced with a 10-1 win over Santa Ana Calvary Chapel. They are led by sophomore Jose Macias, who is hitting .550 with 15 RBIs.
Century beat Troy in the first round.
Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary at Garey, 3:15 p.m. >> The Cardinals (25-4) opened with a 4-0 win over Ontario Christian. They feature freshman Jared Thomas and Andrew Quillen, who have 24 and 20 RBIs, respectively.
Garey advanced with a 4-2 win over San Marino.
La Habra at Redlands East Valley, 3:15 p.m. >> The Highlanders (26-1) are seeking their first title since 1982. They are led by pitcher Janelle Rodriguez and Kira Cauley, who had a grand slam in a 10-0 win over Arroyo Grande in the first round.
Redlands East Valley (17-6) advanced with a 7-6 win over Canyon Springs.
Montebello at Silverado, 3:15 p.m. >> The Oilers (15-12) advanced with a 9-0 win over Westminster La Quinta. Silverado (22-5) beat Moreno Valley (5-4) in the first round.
CIF STATE SOCAL REGIONALS
El Rancho at L.A. Jordan, 7 p.m. >> The Dons (22-6) lost in the CIF-SS Division 5 semifinals last week, They get another shot to continue their season against the Bulldogs (33-3), who won the L.A. City Section Division III title.