CIF-SS Playoffs: El Rancho’s advances to baseball quarters and is joined by five others; La Habra softball advances; Montebello softball ousted

El Rancho pitcher Vince Fuentes is congratulated by teammates after getting the win over Apple Valley in their CIF playoff game at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera onTuesday May 24, 2016. El Rancho defeated Apple Valley 6-4. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

El Rancho pitcher Vince Fuentes is congratulated by teammates after getting the win over Apple Valley in their CIF playoff game at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera onTuesday May 24, 2016. El Rancho defeated Apple Valley 6-4. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

If last Thursday was a Thursday massacre when all but two area softball teams advanced to the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs, then Tuesday was payback for the area, which had all six of its remaining baseball team advance to quarterfinals, led by El Rancho beating Apple Valley, 6-4, in Division 4. La Mirada in Division 2; D4 entries Cal, Santa Fe and Montebello and Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary in Division 5 all won to advance La Habra, ranked No. 4 in the state this week, routed Redlands East Valley, 8-4, to advance to the softball quarterfinals in Division 2. The only area team ousted was Montebello, which lost to Silverado in Division 5.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
BASEBALL
DIVISION 4
EL RANCHO 6, APPLE VALLEY 4

PICO RIVERA — Vince Fuentes set a El Rancho High School school record for career wins Tuesday, but he was more excited about the team accomplishment – a win to earn a trip to the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals.Fuentes scattered nine hits to score his 21st career victory and the host Dons advanced to the Division 4 final eight with a 6-4 win over Apple Valley in a second-round game.
Fuentes, who moved past Chris Villalobos (2008) on the school’s all-time list, also had two hits to lead El Rancho, which won its fourth consecutive game to improve to 17-14. The Dons will visit Montebello, an 8-1 winner over Century, in Friday’s quarterfinals. Apple Valley finished 13-11.
El Rancho, which upset No. 3 seed West Torrance in the first round, continued to show its confidence by overcoming an early deficit to score four runs in the second to lead 4-2 before getting two in the third for a 6-2 advantage.
The Dons, after the Sun Devils went up 2-0 in the top of the second on consecutive doubles by Tanner Fuller and Joseph Vera, loaded the bases on consecutive singles by Fuentes, Rick Rizo and Johnny Banuelos before Matt Arellano tied it at 2 with a two-run double.
Jason Vela followed with a RBI ground out for a 3-2 lead before Andrew Alvarez singled for the 4-2 advantage.
El Rancho took advantage of two Apple Valley errors to push it to 6-2 in the third, which was highlighted by a RBI single by Banuelos (2 for 3).
The Sun Devils cut it to 6-4, scoring a run on two errors in the fourth and a home run by Ryan Stephens in the seventh. Fuentes, who is 10-4 this season, then sent El Rancho to the quarterfinals by getting the next three batters.
El Rancho’s Vince Fuentes: “Better feeling for me is getting to the quarterfinals. I didn’t win this game on my own. There were some big plays made out there. My third baseman (Andrew Alvarez) made a big play; my second baseman (Jose Guerrero) made a big play. My whole team was hitting and they had my back the whole game. I’d say getting to the quarterfinals is the better feeling.”
El Rancho coach Frank Llanes: “We are a team that doesn’t know how to quit. When someone puts two on us, we’re not going to let them have a shut-down inning. It’s important for us to keep on believing. Our philosophy was to grind out at-bats and work hard. The result was we got a few base hits.”
— Stephen Ramirez
DIVISION 2
LA MIRADA 7, RANCHO CUCAMONGA 1
RANCHO CUCAMONGA >>
Rancho Cucamonga senior pitcher Logan Rinehart is a fastball pitcher and La Mirada is a fastball-hitting team. So something had to give when the teams squared off in a CIF Southern Section Division 2 second-round contest.
It was visiting La Mirada getting the best of the battle and prevailing 7-1 on Tuesday. The Matadors (23-7) advanced to the quarterfinal on Friday against Redlands East Valley, a 1-0 upset winner over second-seeded Gahr.
The Suburban League champion Matadores racked up 14 hits while the Cougars (17-11-1), Baseline League runners-up, managed just three.
The visitors struck early and never looked back, plating three runs in the second on the strength of five hits and a walk. The big blows in the inning were a two-run single by Omar Myzel and a run-scoring single by Matt Hickman.
Hickman had another in the third to put La Mirada up 4-0.
La Mirada coach Jimmy Zurn: “We were able to get in some good hitting counts and we made some good contact. It’s important against a quality pitcher to put yourself in that position and we were able to do that early.”
— Michelle Gardner
SOFTBALL
DIVISOIN 2
LA HABRA 8, REDLANDS EAST VALLEY 4

REDLANDS >> Even a back flare-up was not going to hold back La Habra junior Janelle Rodriguez on Tuesday.Rodriguez hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the second inning and later drove in two more on a single in the fifth to help top-seeded La Habra advance past Redlands East Valley 8-4 in a CIF Southern Section Division 2 second-round game.
La Habra (28-1), ranked 17th in the latest Maxpreps Xcelllent 25 National Softball Rankings, will host Rio Mesa in the quarterfinals on Thursday, a day after five of its seniors graduate.
La Habra coach Steve Harrington: “Janelle is going to find a way to contribute and be successful no matter what she plays.”
— CJ Daft
OTHER SCORES
BASEBALL
DIVISION 4

Montebello 8, Century 1
Cal 4, Fullerton 1
Santa Fe 3, Rialto 0
DIVISION 5
Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary 6, Garey 0
FRIDAY’S QUARTERFINALS
DIVISION 2

La Mirada at Redlands East Valley
DIVISION 4
El Rancho at Montebello
Laguna Beach vs. Cal at TBA
Kaiser at Santa Fe
DIVISION 5
Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary at Paraclete
SOFTBALL
DIVISION 5
Silverado 11, Montebello 6
THURSDAY’S QUARTERFINALS
DIVISION 2

Rio Mesa at La Habra

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Tuesday’s CIF-SS second round baseball scores

Division 2
Tuesday’s second round

South Hills 3, Paramount 1 (11 innings)
Damien 7, Oxnard 4
La Mirada 7, Rancho Cucamonga 1
Friday’s quarterfinals
Foothill (24-7) at No. 1 South Hills (16-1)
No. 4 Mission Viejo (21-10) at Damien (16-10)
La Mirada (23-7) at Redlands East Valley (21-6)

Division 3
Tuesday’s second round
Redondo 8, La Salle 1
Beckman 8, Charter Oak 7
Woodbridge 6, San Dimas 2
Bishop Amat 3, Walnut 2
Friday’s quarterfinals
No. 3 Woodbridge (21-7) at Bishop Amat (18-13)

Division 4
Tuesday’s second round
California 4, Fullerton 1
El Rancho 6, Apple Valley 4
Montebello 8, Century 1
Santa Fe 3, Rialto 0
Friday’s quarterfinals
Laguna Beach (18-10) at California (20-9)
El Rancho (17-14) at Montebello (19-6)
No. 2 Kaiser (25-3) at Santa Fe (18-13)

Division 5
Saturday’s first round
South El Monte 3, Saddleback Valley Christian 0
Tuesday’s second round
Woodcrest Christian 10, South El Monte 0
Tahquitz 9, Sierra Vista 8 (10 innings)
Monrovia 6, Ganesha 0
Cantwell-Sacred Heart 6, Garey 0
Friday’s quarterfinals
Tahquitz (16-9) at No. 4 Monrovia (18-6)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart (25-4), at No. 2 Paraclete (22-4)

Division 6
Tuesday’s second round
Flintridge Prep 4, Providence(B) 2
Calvary Murrieta 8, Rio Hondo Prep 0
Friday’s quarterfinals
Salesian (22-9) at No. 4 Flintridge Prep (18-5)

Semifinals: Tuesday
Finals: June 4

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Tuesday’s CIF-SS second round softball scores

Division 2
Tuesday’s second round
La Habra 8, Redlands East Valley 4
South Hills 11, Dana Hills 0
Thursday’s quarterfinals
Rio Mesa (14-10) at No. 1 La Habra (27-1)
No. 4 Valley View (25-1) at South Hills (21-7)

Division 3
Tuesday’s second round
Bishop Amat 9, Chaffey 4
Thursday’s quarterfinals
Laguna Hills (21-6) at No. 2 Bishop Amat (22-4)

Division 4
Tuesday’s second round
Santa Monica 2, La Canada 1

Division 5
Tuesday’s second round
San Dimas 15, Edgewood 0
Silverado 11, Montebello 7
Nogales 6, Fillmore 3
Thursday’s quarterfinals
No. 1 St. Bonaventure (20-6) at San Dimas (18-8)
Nogales (15-10) at No. 2 Louisville (19-7)

Division 6
Tuesday’s second round
Alverno 5, Chadwick 4
Pasadena Poly 8, Rancho Mirage 7 (8 innings)
Savanna 14, Flintridge Prep 0
Thursday’s quarterfinals
Alverno (16-7-2) at No. 1 Paraclete (25-0)
No. 4 Calvary Chapel (D) (21-2) at Pasadena Poly (11-9)

Semifinals: Tuesday
Finals: June 3-4

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Gameday Countdown: Area baseball, softball teams look to advance to the CIF-SS quarterfinals

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)

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)

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.
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:
BASEBALL
DIVISION 2

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.
DIVISION 4
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.
DIVISION 5
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.
SOFTBALL
DIVISION 2

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.
DIVISION 5
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.
BOYS VOLLEYBALL
CIF STATE SOCAL REGIONALS
DIVISION III

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.

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2016 San Gabriel Valley Softball All-Star Games

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By Garrett Fisch

It is that time of year again where the best softball players in the San Gabriel Valley will get to display their skills in front of their family, friends, and fans. This year’s San Gabriel Valley Softball All-Star Games will be held at Citrus College on June 6th and will include an Underclassmen Game at 5:00 PM and a Senior Game at 7:00 PM. Access to the field will be open to all players starting at 3:30 PM. All players will be able to use the batting cages for pre-game warmups. There will not be any restrictions regarding batting practice.

Pictures will be held at South Hills High School on May 27th at 5:00 PM. Players will be taking pictures and completing some paperwork. There will be a Senior picture, an Underclassmen picture, and a picture with all the players. Players on the North team will be wearing white jerseys while pllayers on the South will be wearing their colored jerseys (purple, blue, red, yellow etc). Players from each high school should match no matter what game that they are playing in. Players will get commemorative 2016 San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game t-shirts as a thank-you for participating in the festivities.

A first pitch will be thrown out before the Underclassmen Game at 5:00 PM by Diamond Bar High School alum and current University of Hawaii at Hilo pitcher Danielle Wilson. An additional first pitch will be thrown out before the Senior Game at 7:00 PM by Diamond Bar High School and University of California, Berkeley alum Brittany LaRosa.

There will be a $5 entrance fee to help offset facility fees.

If there are any questions regarding the All-Star Games, please contact Garrett Fisch at “sgvsoftballallstars@gmail.com”. For any and all information regarding the All-Star game (including live updates from the game) please follow @DBHS_softball on Twitter.

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