CIF-SS baseball playoffs: Friday’s scores, schedule for semifinals Tuesday, June 15

The scores from Friday’s CIF-SS baseball quarterfinals and the updated schedule for the semifinals on Tuesday, June 15.

CIF-SS BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

(Semifinals start at 3:15 p.m.)

DIVISION 1

Quarterfinals

JSerra 7, Yucaipa 1

Ayala 7, Corona 3

Orange Lutheran 2, Bishop Amat 1 (8)

Harvard-Westlake 11, Cypress 4

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

JSerra at Ayala

Orange Lutheran at Harvard-Westlake

DIVISION 2

Quarterfinals

Thousand Oaks 12, San Dimas 1

Bonita at Los Alamitos (Saturday, 11 a.m.)

Camarillo 6, Yorba Linda 5

Trabuco Hills 2, Sierra Canyon 0

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Thousand Oaks at TBD

Trabuco Hills at Camarillo

DIVISION 3

Quarterfinals

Hart 3, Calabasas 2 (8)

Millikan 9, Saugus 0

Palos Verdes 2, Fountain Valley 1

Arlington 6, Capistrano Valley Christian 5

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Hart at Millikan

Arlington at Palos Verdes

DIVISION 4

Quarterfinals

Murrieta Mesa 6, Monrovia 2

Rancho Cucamonga 4, Downey 0

Royal 3, Charter Oak 2

Paraclete 3, Heritage 0

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Murrieta Mesa at Rancho Cucamonga

Paraclete at Royal

DIVISION 5

Quarterfinals

Citrus Valley 7, Sultana 3

Laguna Hills 4, Crean Lutheran 2

Cajon 4, Malibu 3

North Torrance 6, Hemet 4

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Laguna Hills at Citrus Valley

North Torrance at Cajon

DIVISION 6

Quarterfinals

Aquinas 1, Buena 0

Elsinore 5, South Pasadena 3

Barstow 6, Calvary Chapel/SA 4

La Habra 11, Linfield Christian 1

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Aquinas at Elsinore

La Habra at Barstow

DIVISION 7

Quarterfinals

Hesperia Christian 9, Temecula Prep 2

Arroyo Valley 13, Milken 5

Lancaster 12, Tarbut V’Torah 3

Western Christian 16, Vasquez 2

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Hesperia Christian at Arroyo Valley

Western Christian at Lancaster

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CIF roundup: Esperanza softball upsets No. 1 Norco to reach Division 1 final

Esperanza High’s softball team upset yet another No. 1-ranked opponent on Thursday, June 10.

Now, the Aztecs will get a chance to cement their standing as the best team in the CIF Southern Section.

Senior pitcher Emily Gomez recovered from a rocky first inning to fire a five-hitter and senior center fielder Hannah Coor homered for the second consecutive game as Esperanza stunned top-seeded and host Norco 7-2 in the Division 1 semifinals.

No. 4 seeded Esperanza (21-3) will face Roosevelt, a 7-6 winner against Chino Hills, in the championship game next week at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine. The schedule is expected to be released soon by the CIF Southern Section.

Norco (27-2) entered Thursday riding a 26-game winning streak and having outscored its three playoff opponents 36-1, including an eye-popping 15-1 margin against Los Alamitos.

But the Cougars became the third No. 1-ranked team to fall to the Aztecs this spring.

Esperanza also has defeated previously No. 1-ranked Chino Hills 3-2 and Villa Park, formerly the top-ranked squad in Division 2, 1-0 in the Crestview League.

“The girls on the team knew they could compete,” Esperanza coach Ed Tunstall said after Thursday’s triumph. “They were not intimidated, and they all stepped up.”

Norco scored twice against Gomez in the first inning but didn’t plate another run against the steady senior, who struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Esperanza scored seven consecutive runs after falling behind 2-0. Beside the two-run homer by the Oklahoma-bound Coor, the Aztecs received three hits from sophomore shortstop Sharyn Duncan and two from freshman right fielder Taylor Shumaker.

Tunstall noted that eight different players either scored or drove in a run for the Aztecs. Sophomore second baseman Audrey Robles had two RBIs while courtesy runner Makenna Milliman scored a run. “Big team win,” Tunstall said.

Sophomore Mya Perez had two of Norco’s five hits.

Esperanza advanced to its second section final. In 2001, the Aztecs fell in the Division 1 championship to Rancho Cucamonga 1-0 in 12 innings.

Roosevelt finished second to Norco in the powerful Big VIII League.

More updates to come.

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Pacifica Christian girls basketball battles to the end, but loses to Louisville in Division 5A title game

NEWPORT BEACH — The Pacifica Christian girls basketball team made its debut in a CIF Southern Section final, and for the first eight minutes looked uncomfortable on the big stage.

The young Tritons rallied to take a brief third-quarter lead but ultimately fell to Louisville in the Division 5A championship game 57-49 Thursday night at Pacifica Christian High.

The Royals (10-3) won their first girls basketball CIF title in school history behind their bigs, freshman Taylor Westbrook, who scored a game-high 22 points, and Katherine Csiszar, who had 14 points.

“That was our game plan coming in,” Louisville coach Monica Hernandez said. “We knew that they had one big, but if we could dominate in the paint we would have a better chance at winning the game.”

Pacifica Christian (15-4) only made two field goals in the opening quarter, both by freshman guard Lauryn Ham, and fell behind 14-5.

Ham finished with 15 points and freshman Annika Jiwani, who was averaging a team-high 21.5 points a game, was held to 11 points.

Pacifica Christian coach James Parker felt that the pressure of playing in a final was a factor for some of his players.

“This is a lot of pressure and she’s (Jiwani) not used to having such adversity and trouble to be able to get going,” Parker said. “I think what happens with the pressure and this game, as a young person, is trying to figure out how they’re going (to make) things happen for themselves and how they’re going to be able to step aside and let the game come to them.”

Parker also believed defensive breakdowns were the reason for the Royals’ success in the low post.

“It was more of our defense breaking down and being out of position,” Parker said. “That was my biggest concern, not getting the rotations we needed and therefore, you got a big body that has the ball in a good position.”

The Royals had a 27-20 halftime lead but the Tritons deployed their full-court press which helped them to an 8-0 run sparked by Charis Wondercheck and Jiwani.

Louisville responded with a 15-2 run to end the third and took a 42-30 advantage to the final quarter.

“We just told them, especially in this type of setting, that runs would make the difference, so if they make a run stay composed and get stops when it mattered, and we did that,” Hernandez said.

Pacifica Christian began the fourth quarter with four quick points on baskets by Nola Mihaly-Garvin (eight points) and Wondercheck (nine points).

The Tritons got within six points at 42-36, but Westbrook scored eight points in the final period and Alyssa Saldana (11 points) hit a shot with 1:25 left in the game to put Pacifica Christian away for good.

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19 arrested in raid of illegal gambling operation in Garden Grove neighborhood

GARDEN GROVE — Police said they made 19 arrests Wednesday evening at an illegal gambling operation in a Garden Grove neighborhood.

Police responded about 7 p.m. to the 10000 block of McMichael Drive, near Brookhurst Street and north of Chapman Avenue, and determined a residence “was in fact operating as an illegal gambling establishment,” according to Sgt. Troy Haller of the Garden Grove Police Department.

A search warrant was served at the home and 12 gambling machine consoles and a gun were found and seized, Haller said.

Officers arrested 19 people for illegal gambling violations and/or outstanding arrest warrants, Haller said.

 

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US routs Costa Rica 4-0 to finish 4-game, 11-day stretch

SANDY, Utah (AP) — The United States finished a grueling stretch of four games in 11 days over 5,400 miles that resulted in three wins, including the CONCACAF Nations League trophy. Twenty-four players saw action, and eight scored.

Prep time for the Europe-based players is over. Next up is the start of World Cup qualifying in September.

“The depth of this team will really come in handy,” Brenden Aaronson said after scoring in the eighth minute Wednesday night to start a 4-0 exhibition rout of Costa Rica. “I think it’s it’s going really well so far. And I think we showed that today.”

Daryl Dike and Reggie Cannon added their first international goals and Gio Reyna converted a penalty kick in the 77th, three minutes after entering.

U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter changed nine starters from the lineup he used to beat Mexico 3-2 in extra time on Sunday to win the first CONCACAF Nations League.

Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Josh Sargent didn’t play at all.

Defender Mark McKenzie, the target of racial abuse on the Internet after a poor first half Sunday, was the only player to start for the fourth straight game and had a stronger effort.

“I came of out of the Mexico game being extremely proud of Mark and the way he handled himself,” Berhalter said. “He didn’t need to play another minute today and I still would have been proud of him.”

This schedule was designed to mimic pandemic-delated World Cup qualifying, where the U.S. opens with three matches from Sept. 2-8, a window FIFA designed for two.

“What I realized is that it’s going to take a group to get this done. It’s not going to take 11 starters,” Berhalter said. “We think we have a young, talented group. And to gain that CONCACAF experience was massive. And when we turn around and we go into World Cup qualifying, we’ll have a good idea of what that’s going to be like and what the three-game rhythm’s going to be like.”

Reyna was the only multiple goal scorer over the four games, which began with a 2-1 friendly loss at Switzerland on May 30 and was followed by last Thursday’s 1-0 win over Honduras in the Nations League semifinal. Pulisic, McKennie, Jordan Siebatcheu and Sebastian Lletget also scored.

“I think there’s guys that will be able to go three games and 90 minutes, but it’s not going to be many, especially given the way we want to play and the way we want to press,” Berhalter said.

Europe-based players will go on brief vacations and then skip next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup to report for preseason ahead of 2021-22 club seasons.

The 20th-ranked U.S. improved 11-1-1 in its last 13 matches and won its 10th consecutive game against a regional opponent since a 2019 Nations League loss to Canada, matching the American high set in 2013. The U.S. beat its top three regional rivals within a week.

Ethan Horvath was rarely tested and got the shutout on his 26th birthday after taking over when Zack Steffen sustained a bone bruise in his left knee during the second half on Sunday.

The 50th-ranked Ticos are winless in 11 games since 2019, with six losses and five draws that included a pair of penalty-kicks defeats.

The U.S. team, wearing rainbow numbers on white jerseys for LGBTQ Pride month, dominated and went ahead after Lletget passed to Antonee Robinson on the left flank, and he crossed for Dike. Francisco Calvo knocked the ball away, but it bounced into the path of Aaronson, whose right-footed shot from 8 yards beat goalkeeper Leonel Moreira for his third goal in seven international appearances.

Dike, six days past his 21st birthday and making his third international appearance, scored in the 42nd minute. McKenzie fed a through pass from just short of the midfield stripe, and Dike ran onto the ball and scored from 14 yards.

A crowd of 19,007 was unusual for Dike, who has played most of his pro career in empty stadiums or in front of limited crowds.

“It was incredible to have fans,” Dike said. “It’s something that you’ve always kind of looked forward to as a young kid to be able to play in front of thousands and thousands of fans.”

Cannon picked up an errant sideways clearance attempt by Yeltsin Tejeda in the 52nd minute, dribbled in, cut around Joseph Mora and scored with a left-footed shot from 14 yards.

Reyna was awarded the penalty when he was knocked over by Keysher Fuller. The 18-year-old, a son of former U.S. captain Claudio Reyna, became the youngest American to convert a penalty kick with his fourth international goal.

Notes:

Siebatcheu entered in the 74th minute and appeared to hurt his right knee in an aerial challenge, forcing the U.S. to finish a man short.

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