Woodbridge’s baseball team opened the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs with a 3-1 victory on the road Friday afternoon against Paloma Valley
The Warriors (20-7) move on to the second round Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at Ryan Lemmon Stadium against top seeded St. John Bosco, which defeated ML King, 3-2, Friday.
Scott Armstrong pitched a complete game scattering five hits for Woodbridge, the PCL’s second place team.
“It was a strong pitching performance from Scottie who only needed 65 pitches, and great defense was the difference today,” Woodbridge Coach Tim Murray said on his way back from Menifee.
Jackson Lyon and Caleb Anderson both made excellent defensive plays with diving plays in the outfield, according to Murray.
“Towns King and Will Rudy made 11 outs up the middle,” Murray said.
In the second inning, Chase Bradley doubled to lead off and scored on a single by Kyle Giberson, Then a balk put Woodbridge ahead, 1-0.
Giberson later scored on an error on a rundown play. King then drove in another run with an RBI double in the fourth inning to put Woodbridge ahead, 3-1, in the fourth inning.
Beckman falls to Etiwanda, 6-5
In the other game of local interest, Beckman, the third place finisher in the Pacific Coast League, lost to Etiwanda, 6-5, on the road.
Etiwanda scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to win it.
The Patriots (21-7) opened the playoffs Wednesday with a 3-1 road victory over Yucapia in a wild card game.
Collin Villegas (4-0) pitched the first three innings to get the victory.
Zach Espinosa and Jared Platero finished out the game and Platero got the save. Jake Groves was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Matt McLain was 2 for 4 with a run scored and Austin Schell was 2 for 4 with an RBI, run scored and a double.
Beckman scored three runs in the first inning.
Crean Lutheran advances with 1-0 victory
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