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.”
WHITTIER CHRISTIAN 3, CAMPBELL HALL 2
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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Tuesday Recap: Chris Thompson pitched a CG and Cooper Hughes had a homer to lead Whittier Christian Baseball to advance to the CIF first-round

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Baseball
Whittier Christian 3, Campbell Hall 2 — 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.

Softball
La Mirada 3, Chaminade 0 — Valerie Alvarado struck out seven, Marissa Velez had a double and two RBIs and Angel Urbina had an RBI to lead the Matadores (14-15) to the Division 3 wild-card victory. La Mirada will visit Burbank on Thursday at 3:15 p.m. in the first round.

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Softball: Clean sweep at Santa Fe, Cantwell and La Mirada all advance

DIVISION 3
CANTWELL 4, DOWNEY 3, 9 INNINGS

The Cardinals rallied from an early deficit to score the game’s final four runs.
Cantwell improved to 14-12 and will travel to No. 2 La Serna on Thursday.
SANTA FE 6, MAYFAIR 3
Carly Gutierrez had three hits and two RBIs as the Chiefs rallied to beat the Monsoons.
Santa Fe improved to 12-9. The Chiefs will travel to Mission League champion Alemany in Thursday’s first round.
LA MIRADA 3, CHAMINADE 0
Valerie Alvarado struck out seven, Marissa Velez had a double and two RBIs and Angel Urbina had an RBI to lead the Matadores (14-15). La Mirada will visit Burbank on Thursday at 3:15 p.m. in the first round.

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CIF-SS Softball Pairings: La Serna is No. 2 in Division 3

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By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

La Serna High School felt it left a championship on the table last season.
The Lancers are now in position to do something about it.
La Serna received the No. 2 seed in Division 3 when the CIF-Southern Section released its softball playoff pairings Monday.
Nine area teams will be in the postseason, with La Serna the only local team to receive a top-four seed.
The wild-card and first round is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. The second round and quarterfinals are slated for next week with the finals June 5 and 6 at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine.
St. Paul beat La Serna, 2-1, for the Division 3 title last season.
La Serna (21-4), which went 9-1 in winning the Del Rio League, will play host to either Downey (13-13) or Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary (13-11) on Thursday. The Vikings host the Cardinals in the wild-card round on Tuesday. Cantwell was third in the Del Rey League.
La Serna features the area’s best pitcher in Jamie Wren and one of the area’s deepest lineups.
California and St. Paul are also in the division. The Condors (14-13-1) are at Suburban League champ Cerritos (18-7) in the first round, with St. Paul (20-6) hosting Don Lugo (14-8). The Swordsmen went 11-1 in winning the Del Rey League.
St. Paul and La Serna could meet again in the title game.
Santa Fe (11-9) and La Mirada (13-15) face wild-card games on Tuesday. The Chiefs are at Mayfair (16-11), with the Matadores traveling to Chaminade (8-13).
La Habra (19-11), which shared the Freeway League title with Sunny Hills, is the lone team in Division 2. The Highlanders host Westlake (12-8).
In Division 5, rivals Montebello (15-10) and Schurr (14-9), who finished one and two in the Almont League will be at home in the first round.
The Oilers face Covina (15-12), with the Spartans getting Rancho Alamitos (10-14).

SOFTBALL PAIRINGS
FIRST ROUND
THURSDAY
DIVISION 2

Westlake at La Habra
DIVISION 3
Cal at Cerritos
Don Lugo at St. Paul
Cantwell-Downey at La Serna
WILD-CARD
TUESDAY
Santa Fe at Mayfair (at Alemany)
La Mirada at Chaminade (at No. 3 Burbank)
Cantwell at Downey
DIVISION 5
FIRST ROUND
THURSDAY

Rancho Alamitos at Schurr
Covina at Montebello

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CIF-SS Baseball Pairings: Cal gets No. 1 seed in Division 4

California's bench reacts after scoring against La Serna in the fifth inning of a prep baseball game at California High School in Whittier , Calif., Wednesday, April 22, 2015. California won 10-4. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

California’s bench reacts after scoring against La Serna in the fifth inning of a prep baseball game at California High School in Whittier , Calif., Wednesday, April 22, 2015. California won 10-4. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

California High School last won a CIF-Southern Section baseball title in 2000. The Condors will get a shot to match that glory this season.
California received the top seed in Division 4 when the CIF-SS released its baseball playoff pairings on Monday.
The Condors are one of 10 area teams who will participate in the playoffs, but the only local team to receive a top-four seed. They will host the wild-card winner between Jurupa Valley and Schurr in the first round on Friday.
The second round and quarterfinals are scheduled for next week, with the finals on June 6. Divisions 1-4 will be at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, with divisions 5-7 at UC Riverside.
All games before the finals are slated for 3:15 p.m. starts.
“We’re excited and honored to get the No. 1 seed,” California coach Tony Nieto said. “All of our work has paid off. It’s great to get the No. 1 seed, but it’s also a burden. We have to come out and be ready. It doesn’t matter where you are seeded, because everyone who is in the playoffs is good. We’re in for a battle.”
California, which beat Santa Fe on Saturday to claim its fourth consecutive Del Rio League crown is 23-5. The Condors advanced to the semifinals last season. They feature two-time Del Rio League Pitcher of the Year Daniel Alvarez.
Schurr is 18-7-1 and finished third in the Almont League. Jurupa Valley is 11-14 and shared second in the River Valley League. The two meet in the wild-card round on Wednesday.
Montebello (14-10), which won its first Almont League title in 10 seasons, and Sonora (18-8-1), which won the Freeway League, is also in the division. The Oilers will host Troy (16-10-2), with Sonora getting either Carpinteria or Alhambra. Both games are Friday.
Santa Fe (14-15-1) and Whittier (17-12), which finished second and third, respectively, in the Del Rio League, host wild-card games on Wednesday. Santa Fe faces West Torrance (18-10), with Whittier meeting Rim of the World (12-11).
La Mirada (17-14) and St. Paul (15-13-1) are the lone area teams in Division 2 and 3.
The Matadores, who advanced to the semifinals last season, will travel to Moorpark (20-9) for a Division 2 game on Friday.
The Swordsmen, who shared the Del Rey League title with Bishop Amat and Cathedral, are at Hacienda League champion Walnut (17-7-2) on Thursday in Division 3.
In Division 5, Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary (13-11) and Whittier Christian (16-12) host wild-card games on Tuesday. Cantwell faces Southlands Christian (9-15), of Walnut, with Whittier Christian facing Campbell Hall (14-10).

CIF-SS BASEBALL PAIRINGS
LOCAL SCHEDULE

DIVISION 2
FIRST ROUND
FRIDAY

La Mirada at Moorpark
DIVISION 3
FIRST ROUND
THURSDAY

St. Paul at Walnut
DIVISION 4
FIRST ROUND
FRIDAY

Jurupa Valley-Schurr at No. 1 Cal
Carpinteria-Alhambra at Sonora
Troy at Montebello
WILD CARD
WEDNESDAY

Jurupa Valley at Schurr
Rim of the World at Whittier (at No. 4 Serrano)
West Torrance at Santa Fe (at Ramona)
DIVISION 5
WILD CARD
TUESDAY

Southlands at Cantwell (winner at No. 4 Sierra Canyon)
Campbell Hall at Whittir Chrisitan (winner at No. 3 Monrovia)

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