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Southwestern League Baseball teams push through CIF-SS Playoffs – Great Oak, Temecula Valley and Vista Murrieta advance to round 2

Published on May 27, 2014 by JP Raineri / Charles Mckee

Three of the four teams that made it to the Post season are still in the hunt for a CIF-SS Division II Championship title and the action continues this week as Vista Murrieta, Temecula Valley and Great Oak all advanced to round 2. Murrieta Valley, who had a hard fought season lost by one run in the wild card round early last week to Pasadena.

Last week’s wins for the three school’s moving on are recapped below.

  • Temecula Valley – 4 : Cypress – 2

The Golden Bears Brandon Koch scattered two hits over six innings giving up two runs in the third inning as he won his first victory in the 2014 Ford CIF SS Division 2 Baseball Playoffs. Jared Morton came into relief for Temecula Valley in the final frame to earn the save and advance the Golden Bears to round two of the tournament next Tuesday.

The Bears scored a run in the first and another in the third to take a 2-0 lead. Cypress got the two runs back in their half of the third but Koch answered as he stiffened and shut down the Centurions for the rest of the game. Temecula Valley would score the go ahead runs in the fourth and wound up with the 4-2 playoff victory.

David Maldonado doubled, scored twice and drove in a run for the Golden Bears. Jordan Gardner had a hit, scored and had an RBI against the Centurions. AJ Sawyer had two hits and drove in a run while Kyle Plantier singled and doubled in the game.

Temecula Valley will face South Hills early this week as the CIF-SS Championship Tournament continues. The Huskies are 21-5-1 this season and were second place finishers in the Sierra league. They beat Oxnard 1-0 last Thursday. A win pit’s Temecula Valley against the Winner of round 2 action between Buena and Dana Hills in the Quarterfinals, which will be played later this week.

  • Great Oak – 12 : Tustin – 3

The Wolfpack Advance to Round Two of the Ford CIF SS Division 2 Baseball Playoffs

Great Oak jumped all over Tustin early as the Wolfpack scored seven runs in the first two innings and coasted to a 12-3 victory over the Tillers in round one of the Ford CIF SS Division 2 Baseball Playoffs.

Senior Brad Wegman pitched five innings giving up three runs on five hits to earn the victory for the number one seeded Wolfpack. Zack Noll and Eli Lingos each pitched a scoreless inning in relief for Great Oak.

The Wolfpack attack was led by leadoff batter Brandon Stewart who went 3-for 5 with a run scored and two RBIs. Hunter Arriaga had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run while Chandler Wagoner singled, doubled and knocked in two against Tustin.

Great Oak will travel all the way to Paso Robles on Tuesday to face the Bearcats in round two of the tournament.

Paso Robles has a record of 20-6-2 and the Bearcats are the reining PAC 7 Champions. They are coming off an impressive 10-7 victory over Yucaipa last Thursday. A win in Paso Robles will advance Great Oak to the Quarterfinals where they will have to face the Winner of the Aliso Niguel and Camarillo round 2 game that is also being played earlier this week.

  • Vista Murrieta – 8 : Bellflower – 1

The Bronco Bats exploded for seven unanswered runs in the third inning as Vista Murrieta easily advanced to Round Two of the Ford CIF SS Division 2 Baseball Playoffs Thursday with a convincing 8-1 victory over Bellflower.

Starting pitcher JT McLellan gave up the only Buccaneer run in the first inning and picked up the win for the Broncos. Vista Murrieta also would use Brandon Nelson, Jack Moberg and Ian Nowak on the mound. The trio of relievers gave up only one hit over four innings of shutout baseball.

The Buccaneers scored their only run in their half of the first inning. The Broncos answered when Coltin Gerhart took the first pitch he saw deep to left field for a solo home run to tie the game at a run apiece.

The Broncos rallied and had a huge inning in the third. Vista Murrieta would bat through the line up as the Broncos exploded for seven runs. Doubles by Benny Blackwell, Jack Moberg, JT McLellan, Ian Nowak and Hunter Tidwell resulted in the rally that sent the Bellflower’s starter to the bench. The Broncos never looked back as they cruised to a 8-1 victory over Bellflower.

Vista Murrieta is now 20-7 this season with their first playoff victory and will travel to Valencia on Tuesday to take on the Tigers in round two action.

The Tigers finished third in the Empire league with an 8-4 record. They are 25-6 overall and are coming off a 19-1 shellacking of Arcadia and 7-3 victory over Beckman in the initial rounds of the Ford CIF-SS Division 2 Baseball Playoffs. A win against Valencia will send the Broncos to the Quarterfinals on Thursday where they will face the winner of the Crenscenta Valley and Redlands East Valley round 2 game from earlier this week.

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