By Corey Kwok
Bonita 2 Paramount 1 – Bearcats advance to the Semi Finals.
South Hills 10 Rancho Verde 0 – Ty France goes 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs and three doubles and Danny Sheehan was 2 for 3 with two walks and an RBI (reached base 4 of 5 PAs) to lead the Huskies. Adrian De Horta threw a complete game 4 hit shutout. He threw 103 pitches for 61 strikes, inducing 11 ground-outs. No Rancho Verde runners got past second base after first inning leadoff double and wild-pitch. Matt Carle (South Hills, RF) turned apparent hit into a force-play at second.
Temple City 6 Granite Hills 2 (Div.4)
Ben Arrue blasted a grand slam in the second, knocked across another run the next inning, and finished with five RBIs to vault Temple City into its first semifinal appearance since 2007. Calvin Copping pitched six strong innings with the same number in strikeouts (6) while issuing just one run to earn the win before Kyle Starling closed the portal in the seventh.
The Rams will be at St.Bonaventure on Tuesday.
Monrovia 1 Jurupa Valley 0 (Div.4)
Junior lefty Joe Mata celebrated his 17th birthday in fitting style by dealing Monrovia into the semifinals on a complete game one hit shutout with nine strikeouts. Neither team had scored until the seventh inning, where the Wildcats walked off as Justin Jones buzzed a groundshot to third that was mishandled and errantly thrown, allowing Nick Carino, who had led off the inning by reaching on a dropped pop-up and was sacrificed into position by Reed Miller.
Monrovia will journey some 100 plus miles east to battle the Palm Desert Aztecs on Tuesday with a trip to UC Riverside on Saturday, 6/2,at 7:30pm for the Division 4 crown on the line. The Aztecs won their quarterfinal game 4-3 in a 14 inning epic at Savanna, and are seeking a title after getting shutout by Bishop Amat in last year’s final. Monrovia meanwhile seeks its first championship appearance since 2007 (when it fell to Bishop Amat) and first title since the prior year, 2006, when they beat St. Bonaventure 3-1.