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Trabuco Hills hopes to even its season series at two victories apiece against Aliso Niguel. Aliso hopes to make it three victories in four games against Trabuco.
Those Sea View League rivals meet for the fourth time this season Tuesday in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 semifinal playoff game at 3:15 p.m. In their three Sea View League games, Aliso Niguel won twice. Aliso got a 10-0 victory on March 16 at Aliso Niguel; Trabuco Hills beat Aliso Niguel, 10-7, at Trabuco Hills; and Aliso Niguel won, 3-2, at Aliso.
Trabuco Hills was without pitcher/first baseman Kevin Wade for the first two games against Trabuco, as Wade was recovering from an offseason knee injury. Wade, All-County last year as a sophomore, pitched seven innings Friday in the Mustangs' 3-2 victory over Glendora in quarterfinals after hitting a home run Tuesday in the second-round triumph over Redlands.
"I feel that we're a different team with Kevin Wade back," Trabuco Hills coach Michael Burns said.
Trabuco's Steven Garland went 7 for 8 over the Mustangs' two victories last week.
Aliso Niguel's top player has been senior pitcher/outfielder/first baseman Brett Barker. Barker had two hits in the Wolverines' 2-1 victory over Tustin in the second round, then homered and pitched five innings to get the victory, and improve to 9-1, against Valencia in the quarterfinals.
•The Capistrano Valley Christian-St. Margaret's semifinal Tuesday is at San Juan Sports Park in San Juan Capistrano, at 3:15 p.m. San Juan Sports Park is both teams' home field. St. Margaret's is the home team.
•Mater Dei's Ty Moore last week got two pitching victories. He got the victory in relief in the second round against Temecula Valley, a 6-5 Mater Dei triumph in which he struck out four and homered with three RBIs. In the Monarchs; 5-2 victory over Esperanza in the quarterfinals Friday, Moore pitched a complete game with six strikeouts and was 1 for 3 with a run scored.
•The MLB draft is June 4. Four Orange County players are included on ESPN's list of top 100 national baseball prospects: Mission Viejo pitcher Kieran Lovegrove, at No. 34; Fairmont Prep pitcher Felipe Lopez, at No. 60; No. 71 Timmy Lopes, Edison infielder; and Mater Dei's Moore at No. 98. Many other county players can be expected to be drafted, too, including left-handed pitchers Cole Irvin of Servite and Kyle Twomey of Servite and right-hander James Kaprielian of Beckman.
•The Orange County Baseball All-Star game is June 5 at La Palma Park's Dee Fee Field, at 7 p.m. Admission to the game, organized and managed by the Greater Anaheim Kiwanis Club for charity, is $5.
•CIF-SS championship games for Divisions 1, 2 and 3 are at Dodger Stadium on Friday, and for Divisions 4, 5, 6 and 7 at UC Riverside on Saturday. Admission at Dodger Stadium is $10 for adults and $5 for students with identification and for children 13 and younger. Admission at UC Riverside is $9 for adults, and $5 for students and children. Parking will be free at Dodger Stadium and at UCR.
•The Division 1 semifinals are played as a doubleheader at Blair Field in Long Beach. It begins with West Ranch of Valencia vs. Corona at 4 p.m., followed by Mater Dei vs. Newbury Park at 7 p.m.
•Including this season, Mater Dei has advanced to the Division 1 semifinals in three of the past four years.
•The Beckman-Alhambra game, a Division 3 semifinal, will be played at Moor Field, 1008 S. Eighth Street in Alhambra.
•The Senior Showcase baseball all-star event is June 8 and 9 at Windrow Park in Irvine. The schedule: South Coast League vs. Century League, June 8 at 4:30 p.m.; Freeway League vs. Pacific Coast League, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Sea View League vs. Empire League, June 9 at 1 p.m.; and Trinity League vs. Sunset League, June 9 at 4:30 p.m.
•Beyond the top 10, here is a ranking of O.C. teams 11-25: No. 11 Trabuco Hills (17-13); 12.Tesoro (18-11-1); 13. Capistrano Valley (20-12-1); 14. Beckman (22-7); 15. Los Alamitos (19-9); 16. Valencia (19-14); 17. Edison (13-14); 18. Huntington Beach (20-8); 19. El Modena (18-11); 20. Savanna (24-6); 21. Katella (22-6); 22. JSerra (12-16); 23. San Clemente (15-14); 24. Dana Hills (12-16); 25. Tustin (13-17).
•Fountain Valley senior pitcher/outfielder Tuner Clouse signed with USC, according to Fountain Valley coach Ron La Ruffa. Clouse had 13 RBIs when he suffered a season-ending fractured hand injury in the Barons' Sunset League opener against Huntington Beach.
•Woodbridge outfielder Brandon Smith committed to Grand Canyon University, Woodbridge coach Tim Murray announced.