CIF Southern Section baseball, softball playoff brackets announced

Murrieta Mesa’s Lady Rams will prepare for their programs first ever appearance in the post season of the CIF-SS softball playoffs this week. Courtesy photo.
Murrieta Mesa’s Lady Rams will prepare for their programs first ever appearance in the post season of the CIF-SS softball playoffs this week. Courtesy photo.

The California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section softball Championship playoff pairings were released this week and much of the talk of Riverside County is being focused on the Norco softball program, ranked No.1 in the nation. The Lady Cougars are bringing into the postseason a 30-0 record, but enter Murrieta Mesa, who also has been getting a lot of attention, especially after only falling to Norco 1-0 earlier this season in a tournament game. Murrieta Mesa won a must-win game Friday, May 12, punching their ticket to the post season for the first time in the program’s eight year history as they look to be a top contender in the Division 3 bracket. Despite taking third place behind Vista Murrieta (17-6-1) and Great Oak (15-7) in the very tough Southwestern League, the Lady Rams remained optimistic all season.

Serena Quinata and the Lady Wolfpack will take on Valencia in the opening round of the CIF-SS softball playoffs. Annette Saenz photo.
Serena Quinata and the Lady Wolfpack will take on Valencia in the opening round of the CIF-SS softball playoffs. Annette Saenz photo.

The Southern Section has not had an undefeated champion in the top division since 1985, when Huntington Beach went 32-0 and now Norco needs four more victories to complete one of the most impressive seasons in history. Norco is just the second Inland team to enter the Division 1 playoffs with a spotless record. Colton went 22-0 during the regular season in 2001, but its season ended in the semifinals.

The Lady Cougars received the top seed and first-round bye in the Division 1 bracket and will host Vista Murrieta or Chino Hills in a second-round game Tuesday, May 23. Murrieta Mesa, making its first postseason appearance, is the No. 4 seed in Division 3. The Lady Rams (19-10) will travel to Temescal Canyon (18-10) later this week.

Brandon Ross and the Vista Murrieta Broncos baseball team took the Southwestern League by storm this season and will take their 21-8 record into the CIF-SS baseball playoffs. Annette Saenz photo.
Brandon Ross and the Vista Murrieta Broncos baseball team took the Southwestern League by storm this season and will take their 21-8 record into the CIF-SS baseball playoffs. Annette Saenz photo.

The California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section baseball Championship playoff pairings were also announced earlier this week and 35 Inland area teams were selected to participate in the playoffs with wildcard games and first round action beginning this week.

In Division 1, six Inland area programs got berths including this year’s Southwestern League champs, Vista Murrieta (21-8, 13-2).

Chaparral’s Isaiah Garibay, pictured here sliding back into first base, and Vista Murrieta’s Brandon Luna, will try to help both their teams advance as the CIF-SS baseball playoffs get underway this week. Annette Saenz photo.
Chaparral’s Isaiah Garibay, pictured here sliding back into first base, and Vista Murrieta’s Brandon Luna, will try to help both their teams advance as the CIF-SS baseball playoffs get underway this week. Annette Saenz photo.

In Division 2, Sunbelt League champs, Paloma Valley, will host Woodbridge and Temescal Canyon plays at La Mirada. In the wildcard round, King travels to Murrieta Valley for a chance to move on to the first round later this week.

In Division 3, the Southwestern League’s No. 2 team, the Chaparral Pumas will host Cajon’s Valley View, the third-place team from the CBL. Chaparral has not been to the post season in eight seasons.

In Division 4, Mountain Pass League champion, top-seeded Tahquitz, will open the playoffs hosting the winner of Excelsior Charter at Ridgecrest Burroughs wildcard in the first round. Hemet will host Fullerton and Ambassador League co-champs, Linfield Christian, hosts Ramona in the first round.

In Division 5, Heritage and Calvary Murrieta will see action this week and in Division 6, top-seeded South Valley League Champions Rancho Christian (22-3-1) open the playoffs up by hosting the winner of the Silverado at Banning wildcard game.

CIF-SS Softball Championships

(Games at 3:15 p.m. Times and sites are subject to change)

Division 1

First-round games:

Chino Hills at Vista Murrieta

Great Oak at Valencia

Second round game (May 23)

Vista Murrieta or Chino Hills at Norco

Division 3

First-round games:

Murrieta Mesa at Temescal Canyon

Division 4

Wildcard games:

Linfield Christian at Anaheim Loara

Hemet at Colton

First-round games:

Paloma Valley at Palm Desert; West Valley at Rubidoux

Division 5

First-round games:

Heritage at South El Monte

Division 6

Wildcard games:

Temecula Prep at Anaheim

First-round games:

Ojai Nordhoff/La Habra Whittier Christian winner at Nuview Bridge

Division 7

First-round games:

Hamilton at Lake Arrowhead Christian

Public Safety Academy at Santa Rosa Academy

CIF-SS Baseball Championships

(Games at 3:15 p.m. Times and sites are subject to change)

Division 1

First-round games:

Hart at Vista Murrieta

Division 2

Wildcard games:

ML King at Murrieta Valley

First-round games:

Woodbridge at Paloma Valley

Temescal Canyon at La Mirada

Division 3

Wildcard games:

Valley View at Chaparral

Division 4

First-round games:

Excelsior Charter/Ridgecrest winner at Tahquitz

Fullerton at Hemet

Ramona at Linfield Christian

Division 5

First-round games:

Calvary Murrieta at Heritage

Division 6

First-round games:

Silverado/Banning winner at Rancho Christian

Nuview Bridge at Hesperia Christian

Division 7

First-round games:

La Verne Lutheran at Anza Hamilton

Gladstone at San Jacinto Valley Academy

 

One Response to "CIF Southern Section baseball, softball playoff brackets announced"

  1. Cori   May 17, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Go Mesa!

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