May 20, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

CIF baseball playoff highlights and final scores for OC teams Thursday, May 2


VILLA PARK 6, BISHOP AMAT 1: The Spartans were led by pitcher Justin Tims, who pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and one run. He struck out nine. Gunner Santillo was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBI and Shawn Romero 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI for Villa Park, which captured a road victory.


Orange Lutheran 6, Sierra Canyon 1


CREAN LUTHERAN 9, PALOMA VALLEY 8: Crean Lutheran, which advanced into the playoffs as an at-large team, stunned No. 2 seed Paloma Valley Thursday on the road. Brennan Bates belted a two-run home run to lift Crean Lutheran to the win.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these guys taking the challenge against the number two seed who is 27-1 on the season,” said Crean Lutheran Coach Jake Haney. “The only chance we had was to let it all hang out and compete through all the adversity for seven innings. That was a really good team that we beat today and I feel bad for those guys, but I am beyond excited for our guys to get to play at least one more game.

“Brennan Bates with that big home run to give us the eighth and ninth runs provided the cushion we needed. That’s going to be a memory that he will never forget for the rest of his life.”

Walker Richardson and Harrison Stiles also had two RBI and Jackson Haney was 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored for Crean Lutheran. Davis Rutten was 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Crean Lutheran (15-12) hosts Citrus Valley (17-9) Tuesday in the second round.

NEWPORT HARBOR 1, CAPO VALLEY CHRISTIAN 0: Lucas Perez earned the win with 5 1/3 shutout innings and Dom Vigilione got the save with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Ryan Williams led the Sailors offensively, going 4 for 4 with a double and two stolen bases.

Newport Harbor hosts Hart Tuesday in the second round.

ARLINGTON 4, WOODBRIDGE 2: Woodbridge led 2-0 in the early going but could not hold onto the lead and suffered its eighth straight loss in the opening round Thursday at Arlington. Nolan Stottlemyer had two hits and an RBI, Anthony DeMarco was 3 for 3 with an RBI and Mikey Rubio was 1 for 3 with a run scored to lead Woodbridge.

Vincent DeMarco started for Woodbridge (14-15). Alex Johnson and Anthony DeMarco finished on the mound.


Yorba Linda 17, Ocean View 2

Canyon 5, Temecula Valley 1

Valencia of Valencia 7, Aliso Niguel 1


TUSTIN 3, ESTANCIA 0: Tustin, the third place team out of the Empire League, won their playoff opener Thursday at Estancia. Nathan Walraven pitched a complete game for the Tillers. Jack Crain had a key hit top drive in two runs. “We scored another in the third and played good defense to secure the win,” said Coach Ben Owens.

Estancia starter Andrew Mits suffered his first loss after 10 straight wins. He allowed one earned run, struck out four and gave up five hits. John Uchytil was 1 for 3 and Jake Humphries and Riley Witte each went 1 for 3 for Estancia (23-5).

Tustin (14-12) plays at Palm Desert (16-11) in the second round Tuesday.


San Juan Hills 1, Cajon 0


COSTA MESA 5, GARDEN GROVE 4: Costa Mesa, the Orange Coast League champion, won its CIF playoff opener at home. Wylan Rottschafer (4-0) earned the win, striking out four and allowing no earned runs in three innings. Grady Jackson was 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBI, Aiden Comte 1 for 3 with an RBI, Will Clark 1 for 3 with an RBI and Omar Gutierrez 1 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Costa Mesa (22-6) plays at West Covina (14-7-1) in the second round Tuesday.

BRENTWOOD 4, UNIVERSITY 1: After winning five straight games to make the CIF playoffs for the first time since 2012, University fell to The Brentwood School in Los Angeles Thursday.

The game featured each team’s ace (Evan Alexander for Brentwood and Cooper Berger for University) and was a pitchers’ duel through most of the game, with each pitcher notching eight strikeouts. University broke through in the top of the second. With two outs Jameson LoBianco singled to right followed by Luke Emrich’s single to left. Shay Eldridge drove in LoBianco with a single to center.

Berger faced only nine batters through the first three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Senior captain Tyler Stoops hit a sky high, wind aided homer just clearing the left field fence to the delight of the home crowd.

The game remained tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the sixth. Bradley Selma singled to right and stole second a third while two of his teammates struck out. Alexander helped his cause by doubling to right giving the Eagles a 2-1 lead. The next hitter, Tory Hampton unloaded a home run over the left field fence for the final margin.

In the top of the seventh, Blaine Anderson led off with a single, but was erased on a double play grounder to third base. The next batter for the Trojans was a pinch hitter who drew a walk. After a discussion with the umpires, it was determined that the substitution was not properly reported to the home plate umpire even though the batter was announced by the public address announcer.

It was a tough way to end the season for the Trojans, who finished 14-15. Second year Coach Wes Shaw and the program will have many good memories. Brentwood (11-6) moves on to the second round.

—Courtesy Daryl Bogard, For OC Sports Zone


Brentwood 4, University 1

West Covina 5, Los Amigos 3

Diamond Bar 10, Savanna 5

Schurr 8, Century 7


Pacifica Christian 6, Acad Excell 4

Rancho Alamitos 9, Coastal Christian 1