Villa Park baseball clinches CIF-SS playoff spot with victory over El Dorado – Orange County Register

PLACENTIA >> The Villa Park baseball workforce clinched a spot within the CIF Southern Part Division 1 playoffs with a 5-0 victory over El Dorado on Wednesday in a Crestview League recreation at El Dorado Excessive Faculty.

The Spartans (19-2, 5-1), who’re ranked No. 4 in Division 1 and No. 3 in Orange County, are in a first-place tie with Foothill and can end no worse than second place, which ensures them a playoff spot.

El Dorado (14-11, 1-5), ranked No. 9 within the county, and Villa Park conclude their league sequence Thursday at 3:15 pm at Villa Park.

The league title will probably be determined when Villa Park and Foothill meet within the remaining two league video games of the common season on April 26 and 28.

Villa Park junior left-hander Brandon Luu allowed three hits and walked two batters en path to his second shutout in a row.

Luu tossed a five-hit shutout in Villa Park’s 1-0 victory over Dana Hills in a nonleague recreation April 5.

“This was a huge game for us,” Luu mentioned. “We were looking at this like a playoff game.”

The Golden Hawks got here near scoring within the second inning after they had a runner on third with one out. However Luu retired the following two hitters to maintain the shutout alive.

Luu was in an identical state of affairs within the seventh, with the Hawks having runners on first and third with one out, however he retired the following two hitters to shut out the sport.

Earlier than getting the ultimate two outs, Luu mentioned he knew there was a aid pitcher warming up.

“I knew he wasn’t coming in,” Luu mentioned. “I was finishing the job. I was going all seven today. It really shows my teammates that I am here to win the game for them.”

Villa Park scored a run in every of the primary three innings, the primary coming when Gavin Grahovac, who led off the sport with a double, scored from third on a handed ball.

Grahovac, who went 2 for 3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored, then doubled in Justin Tims for the Spartans’ second run within the second.

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