And then there was one Baseline League team remaining in the CIF-SS baseball playoffs.
Rancho Cucamonga used three pitchers to edge a very scrappy La Sierra team, 5-4, in Tuesday’s second round of the D-4 playoffs.
Nicolas Sanchez earned the win, going 3 1/3 innings and allowing two runs on two hits.
He walked one and struck out four La Sierra batters.
Jacob Billings entered the game with the potential game-tying runner at second and no one out.
But Billings retired the side on 12 pitches, including a game-ending fly out to Jayden Lopez in center field.
Offensively, Jayden Lopez singled twice, tripled, scored and drove in three runs.
Jake Brown went 2-for-3, walked twice, and scored a pair of runs.
Jacob Billings singled twice and scored.
The Cougars didn’t just extend their season on Tuesday, they claimed the first 20-win season in school history.
Up next: RCHS will travel to Downey on Friday.
The Vikings (15-13) defeated Kaiser, 4-3, in their second-round game on Tuesday.
RCHS coach, Tony Garcia: “We grinded this victory out. They were a scrappy team and came back on us, but we were able to answer and earned the win. It was a good team that we beat and they are well coached. Jayden was the horse at clutch time for us today, driving in runs on a couple of occasions. Our pitching staff got the job done with a team effort.”
Win: Nicolas Sanchez
Save: Jacob Billings
3B: Jayden Lopez (RC)
2B: Bradyn France (RC), Jacob Billings (RC), Anderson (LS), Espinoza (LS)
Records: La Sierra (24-6); RCHS (20-11)
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