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CIF reveals baseball playoff brackets

Posted: May 19, 2014 11:39 a.m.
Updated: May 19, 2014 11:39 a.m.

Hart, left, plays in the first round of the CIF-SS Division I playoffs on Friday while Saugus, right, starts off on Wednesday in a Division I wild-card game.

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As expected, four Foothill League teams made the CIF-Southern Section Division I baseball playoffs.

Six Santa Clarita Valley teams made the baseball postseason.

All first-round games are played on Friday, with wild-card matchups on Wednesday at 3:15 p.m.

Foothill League champion Hart will host the winner on Friday of Wednesday’s wild-card game between Orange Lutheran (Trinity League No. 3) and Newport Harbor (Sunset at-large).

Second-place Valencia gets a home game against the wild-card winner of Thousand Oaks (Marmonte No. 3) and Martin Luther King (Big VIII at-large).

If Valencia wins, it would likely face the bracket’s No. 1 overall seed JSerra in the second round.

Foothill third-place West Ranch will host Mission League No. 4 Chaminade in a wild-card game on Wednesday.

The winner will get Century League champ Foothill on Friday.

“The Division I bracket is a beast. There is no easy matchup anywhere,” said West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill. “The wild card is a who’s who of who we don’t want to play.”

Foothill League fourth-place Saugus’ wild-card opponent is Mission League No. 3 Alemany on the road.

A win there earns the long trip to Inland Valley No. 1 Riverside Poly.

No third-place team earned a spot in the first-round of the playoffs.

It will have to win a game to get into the first round.

Santa Clarita Christian is the No. 1 overall seed in the Division VII bracket and will host the winner of Cuyama Valley-Calvary Christian in a game scheduled for Friday.

SCCS head coach Garrick Moss said the No. 1 seed is deceptive because his team is so young.

The Cardinals have nine freshmen compared to just one senior.

However they are 17-1 and haven’t lost since April 7.

“Being the one with a big target on our back, you have a lot of pressure to show you earned it,” Moss said. “I’ve been telling our guys all year, I’ve been very clear, we’re a young team who did well with pitching and defense. When you’re young, you don’t know how those tight second round and quarterfinal games (will be).”

Finally, Einstein Academy will host Coastal Christian on Wednesday in a wild-card game.

A win for Einstein would mean a Friday road game at the bracket’s No. 2 seed Nuview Bridge.


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