The 2022-2023 school year is quickly coming to an end, but not before high school spring sports teams get to continue in the postseason. The spring season consists of track and field, tennis, lacrosse, beach volleyball, boys golf (separate from this article), swimming, and baseball and softball, as teams now get the opportunity to play through the end of the month, in order to be the last team standing. The downfall is you can’t lose. For those that have been in this position before, it’s not the time to let the pressure take over. In fact, the pressure was to get to this point, now it’s time to show out.

Linfield Christian took the No. 4 seed as the Ambassador League runner-up and will face Hemet in their first matchup this week of the Division 4 baseball playoffs. Valley News/Courtesy photo

The hunt for an elusive CIF Southern Section title begins this week as the Southern Section offices have now released all the pairings for each sport. Starting with Baseball, the playoffs will commence Tuesday and Wednesday, May 2-3, with wildcard games and Thursday, and Friday, May 4-5, with opening round games. (All games are scheduled for 3:15 p.m. start times, unless otherwise noted.)

Only one local team got a seeded bid, which comes as quite a surprise with Linfield Christian soaking up the success of their 20-7 season as the Ambassador League runner-up. The Lions take the No. 4 seed in Division 4 and will face Hemet in their first matchup.

League champions from the area consisted of: Back-to-back Southwestern League title holders Vista Murrieta, who will await the winner of a wildcard game between Lakewood and Burroughs to see who they open against in Division 2; Elsinore, who won the Sunbelt League; Tahquitz, the Mountain Pass League winners; as well as Cornerstone Christian (Wildomar), who won the Majestic League; and Lakeside, who won the Inland Valley League.

Senior Willis Lacy, pictured here making a play, and the Vista Murrieta Broncos, who won the Southwestern League title for the second consecutive year, will open their potential postseason run with a home game Friday, May 5. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

A total of 254 teams qualified for the seven divisional single-elimination tournaments with the championship finals slated for Friday and Saturday, May 19-20 at Blair Field in Long Beach. Dates/Divisions/Times at that site are still TBA. All games, with the exception of championship games, are scheduled to begin at 3:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All championship games from Blair Field will be streamed live by The NFHS Network and Bally Sports.

Division 1

First round – Thursday, May 4

No local teams

Division 2

Wildcard round – Wednesday, May 3

D: Great Oak – 7, Monrovia – 0

First round – Friday, May 5

Capistrano Valley Christian – 7, Temecula Valley – 1

Vista Murrieta – 11, Lakewood – 4

Tesoro – 2, Paloma Valley – 1

South Hills – 6, Great Oak – 0

Division 3

First round – Thursday, May 4

Edison 8, Temescal Canyon – 2

Tahquitz – 14, Serra – 13

Division 4

First round – Friday, May 5

Burbank – 2, Elsinore – 0

Chaparral – 5, Adelanto – 2

Valley View – 2, Citrus Hill – 1

Linfield Christian – 2, Hemet – 0

Division 5

First round – Thursday, May 4

Liberty – 6, Colton – 2

Division 6

First round – Friday, May 5

Wildcard “G” winner; Indio at Lakeside

Hesperia Christian – 2, Temecula Prep – 0

Riverside Prep – 7, Orange Vista – 4

Division 7

Wildcard round – Wednesday, May 3

J: Santa Rosa Academy – 20, Palm Valley – 0

P: Hamilton – 11, Loma Linda Academy – 2

First round – Thursday, May 4

Cornerstone Christian – 17, Cal. Lutheran – 1

Animo Leadership 14, Hamilton – 3

Banning – 1, Santa Rosa Academy – 0

Littlerock at Nuview Bridge

If there are any changes in times, dates, or sites please email JP Raineri at sports@reedermedia.com with corrected information.

JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.