Baseball, softball playoffs set to start

This Week’s CIF Schedule
Tuesday
Softball
All times 3:15 p.m.
Division 3

Palos Verdes at La Habra
Cal at Atascadero
Mira Costa at St. Paul
West Torrance at La Serna
Division 4
Temescal Canyon at Whittier Christian
Division 5
Morro Bay at Montebello
Estancia winner at Schurr
Division 6
Webb at Cantwell-Sacred Heart

Baseball
All times 3:15 p.m.
Division 4 wild-card

El Rancho at Montclair
San Gabriel at La Serna

Wednesday
Baseball
All times 3:15 p.m.
Division 3 wild-card

St. Paul at West Covina

Thursday
Baseball
All times 3:15 p.m.
Division 2

Murrieta Valley-Pasadena winner at La Mirada
Division 4
Moreno Valley-Anaheim winner at Cal

Friday
Baseball
All times 3:15 p.m.
Division 5

Whittier Christian at Mary Star
Jurupa Hills at Cantwell-Sacred Heart

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Only Santa Fe remains in boys VB playoffs among area teams

Del Rio League champion Santa Fe was the only area team to get out of the first round of the CIF-SS boys volleyball playoffs, and will make a long bus ride for Thursday’s second-round match.
The Chiefs defeated Rio Hondo Prep 3-2 at home Tuesday in the first round of the Division 4 playoffs. As a reward, they’ll visit Templeton for a second-round match Thursday. Templeton is near the northern boundary of the Southern Section, north of San Luis Obispo. The trip should take between 4-5 hours.
Del Rio runner-up El Rancho lost its first-round Division 4 match to Chadwick 3-2 on Tuesday, and La Serna fell to Damien 3-0. The Lancers advanced to the first-round with a wild-card victory over John Glenn.
In Division 3, Olympic League runner-up Whittier Christian was topped by Westminster 3-2 in the first round.

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La Serna, Schurr still alive in boys tennis playoffs

The boys tennis teams from La Serna and Schurr have advanced to Friday’s second round of the CIF-SS playoffs.
La Serna, the champion of the Del Rio League, will host Chino in Division 5. The Lancers opened the playoffs with a 17-1 rout of Ganesha. Schurr will also host a second-round match Friday when it welcomes top-seeded J.W. North in Division 4. The Spartans opened with a 12-6 victory at St. Bonaventure.
Cal, El Rancho and La Mirada were all eliminated. Cal lost to Summit 11-7 in the first round in Division 5, while El Rancho and La Mirada lost in wild-card matches.

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El Rancho clinches third place, playoff berth after slow start

El Rancho’s baseball team continued its remarkable season turn-around Wednesday and clinched third place in the Del Rio League with a 4-3 victory over Whittier.
The Dons improved to 7-7 in the DRL after a 1-6 start to the league campaign. They’ve won five consecutive Del Rio games and six of their last seven. El Rancho is the only team to beat league champion Cal this season.
After three consecutive shutout losses to open league play, the Dons beat Pioneer, then lost another three in a row by a combined score of 26-9.
El Rancho, which reached the CIF-SS Division 4 final last season after finishing third, will learn of its first-round playoff opponent when the pairings are released Monday.

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Alvarez gets it done for Cal with his ‘B’ stuff

Even without his best effort of the season, Cal High junior right-hander Daniel Alvarez led the Condors to a 3-1 victory Wednesday over rival La Serna that clinched the Del Rio League crown. Despite leaving a few pitches up the strike zone that were hit hard, Alvarez held the Lancers to three hits and struck out four over seven innings on a brutally hot day.
“He grinded it out,” Cal coach Tony Nieto said of his ace. “He had his ‘B’ stuff today … but when he needed big outs, he got big outs and threw all his pitches for strikes. That’s the reason we left him out there.”
Nieto had reliever Jerald Johnston warming up in the seventh, but Alvarez retired the side in order. In fact, he set down the last eight batters he faced and nine of the final 10.
The only really well-hit ball in the late innings came off the bat of La Serna second baseman Justin Adame in the fifth, a liner to right that Ruben Pinedo reached out and grabbed while running to his right. If that ball had gotten past Pinedo, Curtis Ashton would have scored easily from second base to tie the game, and Adame would have probably reached third base as the go-ahead run.
Alvarez admitted he thought the ball would go for a hit when it left the bat. But Pinedo, playing shallow, got a great break on the ball and reached across his body to snare it.
“When I looked up and saw Ruben I his horse, I was so happy,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez’s big overhand curve ball was his most effective pitch of the day, and he used it to keep La Serna’s hitters from sitting exclusively on high fastballs.
“I didn’t have a lot of my (good) stuff,” he said, “but it’s a good thing I had that.”

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La Serna will enter CIF playoffs as No. 1 seed from Del Rio League

With its 11-2 victory over El Rancho on Tuesday, La Serna’s softball team clinched the Del Rio League’s No. 1 seed for the upcoming CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs.
The Lancers improved to 8-1 in DRL play with one game remaining. That puts them one game ahead of second-place Cal, but La Serna holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the rival Condors and is assured the league’s top playoff seeding. The Lancers will finish the regular season Thursday at Whittier, the only team to beat them in league play this season.
Cal’s 1-0 victory over Santa Fe on Tuesday clinched a second-place DRL finish. The Condors are 7-2 and will host Pioneer on Thursday. They are one game ahead of third-place Santa Fe, but hold the tiebreaker over the Chiefs and will be the league’s No. 2 playoff seed no matter Thursday’s result. That could mean a first-round playoff game at home next week.
“Whether we’ll get a home game, I don’t know,” Cal coach Jim Kruse said. “I hope so.”

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La Serna drops to No. 3 in Division 3 after Showtime loss to Warren

Top 10
Softball
1. La Serna (22-3, 7-1)

The Lancers fell to No. 3 in the CIF-SS Division 3 poll after losing in the Showtime semifinals
Next: Thursday at Whittier, 3:15 p.m.

2. St. Paul (21-5, 9-1)
One victory in their next two games will secure the Del Rey League title for the Swordsmen
Next: Wednesday at Bishop Montgomery, 3:15 p.m.

3. Cal (14-11, 6-2)
Eastern Michigan-bound senior pitcher Trisha Trujillo leads the area with 135 strikeouts this season
Next: Tuesday vs. Santa Fe at Jersey Park, 3:15 p.m.

4. La Mirada (18-11, 9-1)
The injury bug hit the Matadores hard last week
Next: Thursday at Cerritos, 3:15 p.m.

5. La Habra (16-10, 5-3)
The Highlanders entered the week in a four-way tie for first in the Freeway League
Next: Thursday at Buena Park, 3:15 p.m.

6. Montebello (18-7, 8-0)
The Oilers should wrap up the Almont League title this week
Next: Tuesday vs. Schurr, 3:30 p.m.

7. Whittier Christian (14-10, 5-1)
The Heralds have scored 33 runs during a three-game winning streak
Next: Tuesday at Valley Christian, 3:15 p.m.

8. Cantwell-Sacred Heart (17-7, 7-1)
The Cardinals beat a pair of Del Rio League teams at the La Mirada Showtime Tournament
Next: Thursday vs. St. Monica, 3 p.m.

9. Santa Fe (11-13, 5-3)
The Chiefs have fought their way into contention for second place in the DRL
Next: Tuesday vs. Cal at Jersey Park, 3:15 p.m.

10. Whittier (9-16-1, 2-6)
The Cardinals shut out fourth-place El Rancho last week
Next: Tuesday vs. Pioneer, 3:15 p.m.

LEADERS
Batting average

Amanda Flores Santa Fe .549
Jamie Wren La Serna .528
Celeste Adriano Whittier Chr. .500
Amanda Garcia CSHM .500
Dani Munoz St. Paul .500
Taylor Becerra La Serna .475
Andrea Rocha Montebello .473
Molly Bourne La Serna .469
Bryanna Campos St. Paul .466
Lovie Lopez St. Paul .463

RBIs
Celeste Adriano Whittier Chr. 29
Dana De La Torre La Serna 28
Dani Munoz St. Paul 27
Janae Guevara Montebello 24
Andrea Rocha Montebello 24
Amanda Akles La Habra 24
Evelyn Hernandez Montebello 23
Jamie Wren La Serna 23
Molly Bourne La Serna 23
Miranda Hernandez Santa Fe 22
Desiree Bretado Whittier 22

Hits
Lovie Lopez St. Paul 44
Celeste Adriano Whittier Chr. 40
Amanda Flores Santa Fe 39
Taylor Becerra La Serna 38
Jamie Wren La Serna 38
Molly Bourne La Serna 38
Dani Munoz St. Paul 37
Andrea Rocha Montebello 35
Dani Garcielita La Serna 34
Anissa Loera CSHM 32

ERA
Amanda Garcia CSHM 0.07
Jamie Wren La Serna 0.49
Trisha Trujillo Cal 0.92
Anissa Sanchez 1.72
Valerie Alvarado La Mirada 1.77
Koreen Orozco St. Paul 2.04
Janelle Rodriguez La Habra 2.39
Jackie DeLoza El Rancho 2.84
Carly Gutierrez Santa Fe 2.86
Taylor Pierce La Habra 3.38

Strikeouts
Trisha Trujillo Cal 135
Binaka Diosdado Schurr 89
Valerie Alvarado La Mirada 89
Jamie Wren La Serna 87
Amanda Garcia CSHM 79
Jackie DeLoza El Rancho 72
Evelyn Hernandez Montebello 66
Hannah Gabriel Whittier Chr. 64
Taylor Pierce La Habra 59
Janelle Rodriguez La Habra 57

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Big week awaits Cal, La Serna in Del Rio League

Top 10
Baseball
1. Cal (18-5, 12-1)

Starting pitchers Daniel Alvarez and Ruben Pinedo each have an ERA under 1.00
Next: Wednesday at La Serna, 3:15 p.m.

2. La Mirada (18-10, 8-2)
The Matadores swept a nonleague doubleheader from La Serna over the weekend
Next: Tuesday vs. Cerritos, 3 p.m.

3. La Serna (13-11-1, 10-3)
A sweep of Cal this week will give the Lancers the Del Rio League’s No. 1 playoff seed
Next: Wednesday vs. Cal, 3:15 p.m.

4. El Rancho (10-13, 6-7)
The Dons can clinch third place in the Del Rio League with a victory this week
Next: Wednesday at Whittier, 3:15 p.m.

5. Canwell-Sacred Heart (16-11, 9-2)
The Cardinals lost to last-place Bosco Tech on Monday
Next: Wednesday vs. Bosco Tech, 3:15 p.m.

6. Whittier Christian (13-12, 4-6)
The Heralds have lost three consecutive games
Next: Tuesday at Maranatha, 7 p.m.

7. St. Paul (15-14, 6-3)
The Swordsmen have climbed into a three-way tie atop the Del Rey League
Next: Wednesday at Serra, 3:15 p.m.

8. La Habra (11-14, 5-8)
The Highlanders have scored six runs during a five-game losing strreak
Next: Tuesday at Buena Park, 3:15 p.m.

9. Santa Fe (7-19, 4-9)
An eight-game losing skid has knocked the Chiefs into a tie for fourth in the DRL
Next: Wednesday vs. Pioneer, 3:15 p.m.

10. Whittier (7-17-2, 4-9)
Sophomore Matt Sosa is among the area’s top 10 in batting (.388), RBIs (14) and hits (33)
Next: Wednesday vs. El Rancho, 3:15 p.m.

LEADERS
Batting average

Steve Patino CSHM .463
Mike Rafter Whittier Chr. .456
Jeff Murray La Mirada .452
Jesse Perdomo Cal .444
Blake Wilson La Mirada .425
Paul Barraza La Serna .406
Adam Rubio Montebello .393
Matt Sosa Whittier .388
R.J. Lan La Mirada .386
Adan Alfaro Schurr .382
Anthony Quezada La Mirada .382

RBIs
Daniel Jung La Mirada 26
Jeff Murray La Mirada 25
Adam Amaro Schurr 21
Paul Barraza La Serna 18
R.J. Lan La Mirada 18
Jonathan Sanchez Schurr 17
Ethan Lopez La Mirada 16
Fermin Beza Cal 16
John Mendoza La Serna 15
Robert Barraza Cal 14
Matt Sosa Whittier 14
Cooper Hughes Whittier Chr. 14
Joseph Cobian Whittier Chr. 14

Hits
Steve Patino CSHM 44
Jeff Murray La Mirada 38
Blake Wilson La Mirada 37
Mike Rafter Whittier Chr. 36
Matt Sosa Whittier 33
Ethan Lopez La Mirada 33
Daniel Jung La Mirada 31
Isaac Cedano CSHM 30
Michael Corona Schurr 28
Jesse Perdomo Cal 28
Paul Barraza La Serna 28

ERA
Daniel Alvarez Cal 0.57
Ruben Pinedo Cal 0.99
Darren McElroy La Mirada 1.32
Matt Cortez CSHM 1.37
Jonathan Sanchez Schurr 1.42
Robert Leffler La Habra 1.46
Esteban Solis El Rancho 1.51
Ryan Orozco Montebello 1.58
Jerald Johnston Cal 1.95
Enrique Pacheco La Serna 2.00

Strikeouts
Daniel Alvarez Cal 65
Mike Rafter Whittier Chr. 59
Jonathan Romero Montebello 51
Ryan Orozco Montebello 50
Jake Rivera Whittier Chr. 47
Vince Fuentes El Rancho 46
Blake Wilson La Mirada 42
Matt Cortez CSHM 37
Eric Tapper La Mirada 36
Kenny Carrillo Schurr 34

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LMHS grad McGill drafted by Oakland in the fourth round

La Mirada High graduate Keith McGill was taken Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.
McGill, a 2006 La Mirada graduate, is a 6-foot-3, 211-pound cornerback who played collegiately at Utah, where he was an All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention selecion. Before Utah, McGill played at Cerritos College in Norwalk.
He was the 116th overall pick.

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