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Fryer on baseball: Tarbut season a big success
(Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the spelling of Ryan Maister's name. We apologize for the error.)
Tarbut V'Torah is the only Orange County team in the CIF-Southern Section Division 7 rankings, thus making the Lions the county's best bet to get to the Division 7 championship game.
But if Tarbut does advance to the Division 7 final, the Lions will have to forfeit.
Most of the team is made up of juniors. The private Jewish community day school's juniors are leaving for a trip to Israel on May 30, two days before the Division 7 championship game is scheduled to be played.
Whatever happens to Tarbut in these playoffs, it will be part of a landmark season for the school's baseball program. The Lions had won only nine games over five years before last year's team went 11-4 and qualified for the playoffs, in which they lost to Twin Pines of Banning in the first round. This year's Lions are even better, with a 14-2 overall record and they occupy first place in the Express League with a 7-0 record.
Gabe Katz, a junior shortstop/pitcher, is batting .529 with 20 RBIs and is 6-2 on the mound. Freshman shortstop/pitcher Ryan Maister is 6-0 and is batting .408 with 26 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Sophomore utility Cayman Gordon is hitting .373 with 20 RBIs.
Tarbut second-year coach Brent Dohling said the creation of an offseason workout program has fostered improvement.
"Our guys are mentally and physically stronger than they've ever been," said Dohling, whose own offseason work included making his film debut portraying infielder Mark Ellis in the Oscar-nominated "Moneyball." "Getting everybody started in October has been huge."
What might happen in May could be interesting.
CIF-SS playoff brackets, with seedings and first-round pairings, will be at ocvarsity.com early Monday afternoon. The CIF-SS office releases brackets at noon for divisions 2, 4 and 6, followed by brackets for divisions 1, 3, 5 and 7 at 12:30 p.m.
The playoffs begin Tuesday with wild-card round games, games that will reduce the number of playoff teams to the 32 teams in each of the seven divisions' brackets. It can be expected that each division will have wild-card games; Division 2 had 16 wild-card games last year.
First-round games are May 17 in divisions 2, 4 and 6, and on May 18 in divisions 1, 3, 5 and 7. Second-round games for all divisions are May 22. Quarterfinals are May 25, semifinals are May 29 (with the Division 1 semifinals played as a doubleheader at Blair Field in Long Beach), and championship games are at Dodger Stadium on June 1 for divisions 1, 2 and 3, and at UC Riverside for divisions 4, 5, 6 and 7.
THE TOP 25
Going beyond the results of this week's top 10 poll, if a top 25 poll was taken this is how this voter would rank teams 11-25: 11. Mission Viejo (16-12); 12. Capistrano Valley (17-10-1); 13. Edison (10-12); 14. Huntington Beach (16-7); 15. JSerra (12-13); 16. Aliso Niguel (16-11); 17. Beckman (17-7); 18. Trabuco Hills (12-12); 19. El Modena (15-9); 20. San Clemente (14-12); 21. Dana Hills (11-16); 22. San Juan Hills (17-9); 23. Servite (15-10); 24. La Habra (17-10); 25. University (17-6).
Being the final week of the regular season, the schedule has an abundance of games that will decide league championships and playoff representation.
All of these games are today: El Toro at Tesoro (tied for first in the South Coast League); Oxford Academy vs. St. Margaret's at San Juan Sports Park (Academy League first-place Oxford leads St. Margaret's by one game); Segerstrom at Ocean View (Ocean View is tied with Westminster for first in the Golden West League; Segerstrom is one game behind); Mission Viejo at Trabuco Hills (Sea View League leader Mission Viejo has a two-game lead over Trabuco Hills). On Thursday, the teams tied for first in the Empire League, Cypress and Pacifica, play at Cypress.
•Sunny Hills beat Troy twice last week to go 3-0 in the season series against Troy, the first time Sunny Hills has done that in six years. Sunny Hills, tied with Troy for third place in the Freeway League, has not made the playoffs since 2001.
•Pacifica coach Mike Ciara got his 100th career victory at Pacifica last week when the Mariners beat Western.
Los Amigos beat La Quinta, 8-4, last Friday for its first victory over La Quinta since 1983. Jorge Bedolla and Adrian Carillo drove in three runs apiece for the Lobos.
•St. Margaret's junior Harrison White is batting .518 with 21 RBIs. He had at least one hit in every Tartans game last season. On the mound, White is 5-1 with a 1.85 ERA.
•Beckman pitcher James Kaprielian's second no-hitter of the season, last Tuesday, ended University's nine-game winning streak. Kaprielian has thrown two no-hitters and a one-hitter in his past three starts.
•Ocean View senior outfielder Timmy Robinson committed to USC, Ocean View coach Shane Borowski announced. Robinson is batting .528. He was Golden West League most valuable player in football this past fall.