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6 area baseball teams make postseason

CIF releases its brackets

Posted: May 13, 2013 2:12 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2013 2:12 p.m.

West Ranch is one of six local teams in this year's CIF-Southern Section baseball playoffs.

 

For one of the most competitive baseball seasons in Santa Clarita Valley prep history, the area gets no rewards in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.

Yes — six teams made it, with three coming from the Foothill League (Foothill League co-champions West Ranch and Canyon and third-place Valencia).

But two local teams have to play wild card games and only one Foothill League squad earned the right to host a first-round playoff game.

That team is West Ranch, which was a semifinalist in last year’s Division I playoffs.

The Wildcats (16-9) host Sunset League third-place finisher Los Alamitos (16-10) on Thursday.

“I think all along as we’ve done this playoff thing, we’ve needed two really good arms to get along. One’s been great (senior Cody Bennett), and we have a bunch of other guys who’ll have to step up and play the games of their lives,” said West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill.

Burrill pointed out that the odds were against Corona and Newbury Park to get to Dodger Stadium for last year’s

Division I final — however both teams found a way.

Yet this won’t be easy for the Foothill League’s other two teams.

Canyon (18-9), winning a piece of its first Foothill championship since 2002 and making its first postseason since 2007, has to travel to play Mission League second-place Loyola (19-10).

Valencia (16-11) will host Marmonte League fifth-place team Westlake (14-13) on Tuesday.

Should the Vikings win that game, they would travel to play the No. 16 team in the country, according to Maxpreps, Harvard-Westlake.

“We still have to beat Westlake,” said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder. “We’ll have to play best game we’ve played all year. We’ll have to play excellent baseball — no mistakes, cut down on strikeouts.”

Santa Clarita Christian (11-7) won the Heritage League and for that the Cardinals host Omega League No. 2 Delphi Academy (7-10) in the Division VII first round.

Heritage No. 2 Trinity Classical Academy (10-6) travels to play Coast Valley No. 1 Coast Union High (13-6) in Cambria on Thursday in Division VII.

In its first-ever playoff game, Einstein Academy (8-8) will host Heritage No. 3 Faith Baptist (8-8) on Tuesday in a Division VII wild card.

All games start at 3:15 p.m.

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