Fryer's look at the CIF-SS quarterfinals
A look at CIF-Southern Section baseball quarterfinals games involving Orange County teams:
(All games Friday at 3:15 p.m. unless noted)
JSerra (25-6) at Hart of Newhall (20-11) – JSerra played at Hart in last year’s quarterfinals. Final score: Hart 10, JSerra 6. JSerra is the most talented team in Orange County. If the Lions play like they can, they will win this one and celebrate some more.
Harvard-Westlake (23-6) at Cypress (25-7) – James Acuna is on the mound for Cypress. He pitched a no-hitter against Edison last week in the first round. Another no-hitter might be too much to ask, but if Acuna is anything close and the timely hitting continues for the Centurions then they will advance.
Murrieta Mesa (24-7) vs. Orange Lutheran (21-8) at Hart Park, 7 p.m. – Since getting swept in a three-game series by JSerra, Lutheran has gotten hot and the confidence is growing. Murrieta Mesa’s two playoff wins were shutouts. Lutheran is on a roll and should stay on a roll.
West Ranch of Valencia (23-8) at El Toro (25-5) – El Toro’s two playoff wins are shutouts. The Chargers take a 14-game winning streak into this one. West Ranch has a team batting average of .342. Even though they are ranked No. 2 in O.C. and No. 3 in the state and are nationally ranked, the Chargers have manufactured a "nobody appreciates us" attitude and that can be a motivator.
Foothill (24-7) at South Hills of West Covina (23-8) – Historically an excellent baseball program, South Hills has a team ERA of 1.79. Foothill is a loose group. It's good to be loose this time of year.
Mission Viejo (22-10) at Damien of La Verne (16-10) - Defending champion Mission Viejo is another O.C. team with great pitching. The Diablos have a team ERA of 1.72. Damien got ready for the playoffs by playing a tough schedule. The Spartans played in the Boras Classic and were in the elite Lerner Division in the Newport Elks Tournament.
Beckman (23-5) at Righetti of Santa Maria (16-16) – Beckman had a big lead, fell behind then rallied to win a road game against Charter Oak of Covina on Tuesday. So, the Patriots’ confidence should be high.
Woodbridge (21-7) at Bishop Amat of La Puente (18-13), 2:30 p.m. – Woodbridge, which won its first baseball league championship since 1993, has a team ERA of 1.39. The Warriors are a tight-knit group. Team chemistry is always a strength in the playoffs.
Laguna Beach (18-10) at California of Whittier (20-9) – On Tuesday, Laguna Beach beat Patriot of Jurupa Valley after Patriot beat the division’s top-seeded team, Don Lugo of Chino. So Laguna Beach has to feel that it can beat anybody.
Santa Paula (19-6) at Sage Hill (25-1) – Sage Hill takes a 24-game winning streak into this one. Santa Paula’s two playoff wins were by scores of 25-0 and 3-0. The Sage Hill Lightning is ready to strike again.
Crean Lutheran (21-7) at Desert Christian of Lancaster (21-5) – Crean Lutheran has outscored its two playoff opponents by a combined score of 35-0. Desert Christian is a good baseball school – the Knights won a CIF-SS baseball title in 2012 and were runners-up in 2010. The Saints won't put up another football score against Desert Christian, but they seem destined to play Academy League rival Sage Hill in the finals on June 4 at UC Riverside.
St. Michael’s Prep (13-4) at Hesperia Christian (15-2) – In this division of long bus rides, St. Michael’s Prep has won its playoff games by scores of 5-1 and 1-0. Hesperia Christian’s wins were 18-1 and 16-2. If St. Michael's can keep Hesperia's offense down for the first three or so innings than the Pioneers should be OK.
Semifinals: Tuesday; Division 1 semifinals at Blair Field in Long Beach, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.