Rancho Alamitos advanced to the CIF Division Three baseball quarterfinals with a 9-4 win Tuesday over Quartz Hill on the Vaquero diamond. Cheyne Harris’ two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth helped open up what had been a close game.
Robert Bowers posted his seventh win (against one loss) as he gave up six hits in the victory. Rancho will now visit Gahr on Friday. If the Vaqs win, they will advance to the semifinals on Tuesday.
In Division Two baseball action, Pacifica was knocked out of the postseason with a 4-2 loss to El Toro. The M’s fell behind 4-0 after four and a half innings, rallied, but fell short.
On the softball side, Pacifica lost in the Division Two playoffs, 3-2 to Oxnard. Krystian DeWitt took the loss for the Mariners, who gave up two runs in the first inning and trailed the entire game. DeWitt only gave up one hit, but the home team benefitted from two walks and two Mariner errors.
In Division Four softball play, Garden Grove fells 3-1 to Santa Monica in a second round game in Santa Monica. Jasmine Antunez pitched a complete game for the Argos. Briana Williams drove in the lone Grove run with a single that tied the game at 1-1.
On Friday in CIF Division Two baseball play, Pacifica outslugged Canyon Springs 7-6. The Mariners were led by Kyle Davis, who crashed a homer and a double. Max Bethel added two hits and an RBI as the Empire League runner-ups improved to 19-10.
Thursday’s action saw two of the three Garden Grove League teams knocked out of the postseason play. La Quinta, the third place team, fell 3-1 to Ocean View, the Golden West League champs.
Garden Grove lost 9-7 to Culver City in a contest that featured a protest. The Argonauts lodged the complaint based on the idea that the Centaurs held illegal batting practice during the game. The protest was denied by the CIF.
The sole survivor was Rancho Alamitos, the GGL champs. The Vaqueros had a dramatic come-from-behind win against Cajon, scoring two runs in the bottom of the 10th to pull out a 4-3 victory.
Justin Zielinski went the distance for the Vaqs, improving his record to 7-0.