CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION BASEBALL SEMIFINALS
CAPISTRANO VALLEY (23-10) VS. ORANGE LUTHERAN (25-7)
Where, when: Hart Park/Orange, 3:15 p.m.
Outlook: Capistrano Valley, which finished second behind El Toro in the South Coast League, in the playoffs defeated three leagues champions – Desert Valley League champion Palm Desert 4-0 in the first round; Palomares League champion South Hills of West Covina 23-7 in the second round; and Dos Pueblos of Goleta 3-2 in the quarterfinals. Ryan Daugherty has been a terrific two-way player for the Cougars with a 7-3 pitching record and 2.01 ERA and 38 hits with 18 RBIs. Nathan Manning has 38 hits and 18 RBIs for Capistrano Valley. Joey Holman leads the Cougars in RBIs with 25. Matt Comnos is 7-2 with a 2.10 ERA for the Cougars. Orange Lutheran is Trinity League champion. In the playoffs the third-seeded Lancers defeated Moorpark 3-0 in the first round; Corona 5-3 in the second round; and Gahr of Cerritos 4-0 in the quarterfinals. Cole Winn, projected as an early-round draft choice, has been a pitching and hitting leader for the Lancers. He has 113 strikeouts in 67 innings. Max Rajcic and Christian Rodriguez also have been standout pitchers for Orange Lutheran. The winner plays the Foothill-Bishop Amat winner in the championship game Friday or Saturday at a site to be announced.
FOOTHILL (24-7) VS. BISHOP AMAT OF LA PUENTE (20-11-1)
Where, when: Bishop Amat HS, 3:15 p.m.
Outlook: Foothill, champion of the Crestview League, in the playoffs beat Santiago of Corona 11-5 in the first round; El Toro 2-1 in the second round; and Etiwanda 3-0 in the quarterfinals. Griffin Selby has a team-high 26 RBIs for the Knights. Chad Castillo has driven in 25 runs and is batting .413 for Foothill. Knights senior right-handed pitcher Sean Higgins is 7-2 with a 1.78 ERA and has driven in 22 runs. Ryan Taurek is 8-3 with a 1.97 ERA. Del Rey League champion Bishop Amat beat J.W. North of Riverside 5-4 in the first round; Valencia of Valencia 3-0 in the second round; and Cypress 5-2 in the quarterfinals. Richard Castro has a team-high 19 RBIs for the Lancers. Bishop Amat’s probable semifinals starting pitcher junior right-hander Blake Archuleta, also the school’s varsity football starting quarterback, is 8-3 with a 2.52 ERA. The winner plays the Capistrano Valley-Orange Lutheran winner in the Division 1 championship game Friday or Saturday at a site to be announced.
BECKMAN (25-3-1) VS. CAMARILLO (26-5)
Where, when: Camarillo High, 3:15 p.m.
Outlook: Beckman was the division’s top-seeded team. The Pacific Coast League-champion Patriots in the playoffs defeated Village Christian of Sun Valley 8-0 in the first round; Rio Mesa of Oxnard 10-4 in the second round; and Calabasas 7-2 in the quarterfinals. Senior shortstop Matt McLain is a four-year starter for Beckman. He signed with UCLA. Long Beach State signee Jared Platero, a senior right-hander, is part of the Patriots’ excellent pitching staff. Fourth-seeded Camarillo won the Coastal Canyon League championship. In the playoffs the Scorpions defeated Santa Barbara 11-2 in the first round; Murrieta Valley 9-2 in the second round; and Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth 6-0 in the quarterfinals. The winner plays the Yucaipa-Ayala winner in the championship game Friday or Saturday.
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