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Division 6 final preview: CVC vs. Desert Christian
CIF-SS BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
DESERT CHRISTIAN OF LANCASTER (24-3) VS. CAPISTRANO VALLEY CHRISTIAN (24-6)
Site, date, time: UC Riverside, Saturday, 4 p.m.
Admission: $9 adults, $5 for students with valid student identification, $5 for children 13 and younger.
How they got there: Desert Christian, champion of the Desert Mountain League, def. Rosamond, 20-5, in the first round; Cal Lutheran, 17-1, in the second round; Santa Clara, 2-1, in the quarterfinals; Desert Academy of Bermuda Dunes, 8-7, in the semifinals. Capistrano Valley Christian, champion of the San Joaquin League, def. Chadwick of Palos Verdes Peninsula, 18-0, in the first round; Vasquez of Acton, 19-4, in the second round; Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth, 6-1, in the quarterfinals; St. Margaret's, 6-5, in the semifinals.
Outlook: Desert Christian's Knights reached the 2010 Division 6 final, in which they lost to Oxford Academy. They went 12-0 in the Desert Mountain League and have won 13 games in a row.
Capistrano Valley Christian's Eagles are in a CIF-SS baseball championship game for the first time. They take a 13-game winning streak into the Division 6 final.
Parker Coss is batting .417 with a team-high 31 RBIs. He averaged 18 points a game for the school's basketball team this past winter.
Left-handed pitcher Sam Eichler is 10-2 with a 0.65 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 751/3 innings and is batting .311 with 18 RBIs. He is one of only three seniors in the projected starting lineup for the Division 6 final.
Capistrano Valley Christian coach Clemente Bonilla said the Knights are similar to Capo Valley Christian.
"They're a good defensive team, and like us they can compete with higher division schools."
Capo Valley Christian beat La Quinta and lost by one run to Golden West League champion Westminster.
Projected starting lineups
Kiel Alcarez, Sr., CF
Chance Gusbeth, Sr., SS
Brett Baughman, Sr., C
Justin Tilton, Jr., P
Jared Nunez, Jr., 3B
Tyler Broulic, Sr., RF
Micah Atkerson, Fr., LF
Chris Bradley, So., 2B
Shane Nelson, Sr., 1B
Capistrano Valley Christian
Jacen Carpenter, Sr., 1B
Kyle Pickell, Sr., 2B
Parker Coss, So., 3B
Daniel French, Jr., LF
Eric Fukuda, So., RF
Aaron Anast, Jr., SS
Sam Eichler, Sr., P
Andre Anderson, Fr., DH/Zach Anast, Fr., C
Jacob Upton, Jr., OF