CIF-SS Softball Playoffs: La Serna wins big, four others survive

WHITTIER >> The La Serna High School softball team has a slogan this season which reads, ”unfinished business”.The players wear T-shirts every day at practice with that saying, which is a reminder of last season’s CIF-SS Division 3 title-game loss to St. Paul.The Lancers, ranked second in Division 3, began their ‘unfinished business’ Thursday with a first-round victory over visiting Cantwell Sacred Heart, 19-5, in a five-inning mercy rule game.“It (the big win) gets the girls pumped up and gets them going and their confidence built up,” second-year co-coach Mike Reed said.“They (Cantwell) came out and battled, but we just got some timely hits.”


Westlake 1, La Habra 0
Cerritos 2, Cal 1
St. Paul 3, Don Lugo 2
Santa Fe 3, Alemany 1
Burbank 3, La Mirada 1
La Serna 19, Cantwell 5
Schurr 2, Rancho Alamitos 1
Montebello 5, Covina 4

St. Paul at Cerritos
No. 4 Gahr at Santa Fe
No. 2 La Serna at Notre Dame/SO
Mary Star at Schurr
Calvary Chapel/SA at Montebello

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Thursday Recap: Flintridge Sacred Heart softball advances to the CIF-SS division 5 second-round

Flintridge Sacred Heart 4, Fillmore 2 — Hannah Zika was the winning pitcher, striking out four, and Olivia Fitzpatrick went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a double to lead the visiting Tologs (14-9) to advance to the CIF-SS division 5 second-round.
Santa Fe 3, Alemany 1 — Carly Gutierrez was the winning pitcher, and had a double and two RBIs, Samantha Mancillas had a homer and Alexxis Ponce had three singles for the Chiefs (13-9) in a CIF-SS division 3 first-round victory.

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Baseball Playoffs: St. Paul’s season ends with loss to Walnut; Whittier Christian also goes down

By Stephen Ramirez
WALNUT >> Walnut High School’s dream baseball season will continue.
Cody Dye tossed a six-hit shutout and the Mustangs, fresh off winning their first league crown in two decades, took advantage of three infield RBIs in the fifth inning en route to an 8-0 victory over visiting St. Paul in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 game on Thursday.
Andre Alvarez and Andy Rodriguez had two RBIs each for Walnut, which improved to 18-7-2 and advanced to face either No. 4 seed Temescal Canyon or Indio in Tuesday’s second round.
Jake Maier, Fernando Alvidrez and Frankie Espinoza had two hits each for St. Paul, which finished 15-14-1.
Most of the game was a duel between Dye and St. Paul starter Emilio Sansores, who took a no-hitter into the fourth. Walnut finally broke through with a five-run fifth. The Mustangs loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Michael Mora and Dye with one out.
Then little ball took over.
Maxwell Masana laid down a bunt that put St. Paul catcher Juan Zuniga in no-man’s land. He picked it up off the plate but had no play at home, allowing pinch-runner D.J. Lindsay to score for a 1-0 lead.
Steven Canedo followed with an infield hit off Sansores’ glove for a 2-0 advantage. Andy Coronado then had a sacrifice bunt for a 3-0 lead.
Alvarez followed with a two-run single for a 5-0 advantage.

St. Paul coach Casey Morales: “Walnut) just played baseball. They played little ball and did some good things, so you have to give them credit. They took advantage of their opportunities (in the fifth), because they had none to that point. Then they really went after it from there.”

Walnut coach Paul Acosta: “It’s been 20 years since we won a league title. The boys are playing good, they are still rolling. They’re hot, they’re proud to be Mustangs, so it’s nice to get this one and have the community involved.”

Walnut’s Cody Dye: “All I had to do was get ahead of the hitter. I knew I had him from there. I had them guessing when I changed speeds.”

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West Torrance ends Santa Fe’s season, 10-4

By Stephen Ramirez
So much for the myth that postseason success comes being on a hot streak down the stretch.
West Torrance High School, which last its final four games of the regular season, shot down that theory Wednesday.
Nathan Santiago had two hits and four RBIs to lead the Warriors to a 10-4 victory over host Santa Fe in a CIF-Southern Section Division 4 wild-card game.
Cody Wissler also had two RBIs and Taylor Myers gave up three hits in four innings for West, which improved to 19-10 and advanced to face Ramona in Friday’s first round. Eddie Fournier had two hits for Santa Fe, which finished 14-16-1.
“We were probably someone you wanted to bet against going (into the playoffs),” Santiago said. “But we won the wild-card, and we’re going to the first round now. We have some good momentum. The bats woke up, and now we’re hot (going to the first round).”

West led 3-0 after three innings. Trevor Mallett hit a home run in the first and Santiago and Wissler each had RBIs in the third.
The lead blossomed to 5-0 in the fifth on a RBI single by Wissler and a sacrifice fly Jackson Cooper.
Santiago made it 8-0 in the sixth with a three-run double.
“The first pitch I swung and missed,” Santiago said. “The second pitch I had to make an adjustment, followed through and I got a good hit. I clutched up.”
Santa Fe, which finished second in the Del Rio League, had two looks early. Elias Ledesma was stranded at second in the first after a lead-off double. Myers then turned away a bases-loaded situation in the third by striking out Ezequiel Lara.
Luis Aguilar and Vicente Medina had RBI singles as the Chiefs broke the shutout with four runs in the seventh.

“We didn’t take advantage of our opportunities (early),” Santa Fe coach Pierre Romo said. “But at the end of the day, these guys fought. They were able to put Santa Fe back up there, where we are supposed to be.
“I’m just proud of each of these seniors. They did a great job and fought to the end. It’s a big plus moving into the next year with the young guys.”

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Baseball Playoffs: Southland Christian knocks out Cantwell; Whittier Christian marches on

 Southlands Christian High vs Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High at CSHM's Montebello, Calif. campus field May 19, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

Southlands Christian High vs Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High at CSHM’s Montebello, Calif. campus field May 19, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez

MONTEBELLO — Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School has shown a never-say die mentality this season, but asking the Cardinals to rally for a third time Tuesday proved to be too much to ask.James Goodwin had a RBI double in the 12th and was solid in relief as Southlands Christian held off host Cantwell for a 7-5 victory in a CIF-Southern Section Division 5 wild-card game.Scott Brashear also had four hits for the Eagles, who improved 10-15 and advanced to face No. 4 seed Sierra Canyon in Thursday’s first round. Goodwin, who was 2 for 5 and scored two runs, finished the final 6 and 2/3 innings. He allowed four hits and struck out nine.Cantwell, which trailed 4-0 after three innings, finished 13-12. Elijah Vazquez and Jordan Mora had two hits and two RBIs each for the Cardinals, who had won eight of their last nine games to make the playoffs.

Cantwell coach Larry Patino: “This game was in a nutshell who we were as a team (this season). We were down 4-0 early, came back to tie it. They went up one, we tied it. We played 12 innings of Cantwell Cardinals baseball. It was a great game. Hat’s off to Southlands Christian. They kept battling. It’s baseball.”
Chris Thompson pitched a complete game, striking out four, and Cooper Hughes went 2 for 3 with a home run, a double and two runs scored to lead the Heralds (17-11) to the CIF-SS Division 5 wild-card victory. Whittier Christian’s Damon Holm went 2 for 3 and had a stolen base and Trevor McGee and Logan Veloff each had a hit and an RBI. The Heralds will play against Monrovia on Thursday in the first round.

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