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Prep baseball: Competitive locals move on to the playoffs

Six local squads begin postseason this week

Posted: May 14, 2012 6:42 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2012 6:42 p.m.

The most competitive Foothill League season in more than a decade is in the can.

Now the top four teams begin their journey in the ultra-competitive CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

The CIF-SS released its brackets for all division's on Monday and included in that is an intriguing all-valley matchup between Trinity Classical Academy (14-6) and Santa Clarita Christian (13-6) today.

Trinity is making its second playoff appearance and hosts SCCS today at 3:15 p.m. at The Master's College's Reese Field in a Division VII wild-card game.

"Not in my wildest dreams," said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan on if he thought his team would be playing the crosstown Cardinals.

SCCS, an at-large team from the Heritage League, beat the Omega League second-place Knights on March 13 and 15 by a combined score of 33-2.

"I think our leaders on the team have the right perspective. Baseball's a funny game. It can change in a single day," Buchanan said on his team's chances of reversing their past fortune.

The winner gets Amimo Leadership (11-7) on the road.

Back to the Foothill League, things get started today with wild-card matchups for third-place Valencia and fourth-place Hart.

The Vikings (19-8) host Big VIII League at-large Corona High (14-14) today at 3:15 p.m. and Hart (14-12) plays on the road at Marmonte League No. 3 Simi Valley (17-10).

Valencia goes into the game as winners of 10 of its last 12 games, while Hart has one win in its last six games.

"In years past we haven't really had to win at the end to get in, and this year we had to keep winning to get in the playoffs," said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder. "I think it helps you when you play big games. The whole second half of the season for us were all big games."

Valencia would travel to face Camarillo (15-9) on Friday with a win and Hart would get Esperanza (19-8).

Foothill champion West Ranch (17-8-1) hosts the winner of Tuesday's wild card between Canyon of Anaheim (15-12) and Riverside Poly (14-11) on Friday.

Saugus (16-10-1), meanwhile, gets Pacific View League second-place Oxnard (19-7) on Friday.




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