The Bishop Amat baseball team felt their season was over when they lost to Orange Lutheran 2-1 in the CIF South Section Division 1 quarterfinal.
Teams that qualified for the CIF-SS Division 1 semi-finals were guaranteed a spot in the CIF State Southern California Regional playoffs, but with multiple teams, including CIF-SS Division 1 champion Harvard- Westlake, choosing not to participate, opened up places in the six-division, eight-team playoffs.
With Harvard-Westlake out, Bishop Amat (20-8) asked to participate and got a spot. The Lancers are the No. 8 seed in Division I and must travel to Clovis to face seed Buchanan (29-2) in the first round Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.
Buchanan beat Liberty 17-4 to win the CIF Center Section Division 1 title, but the Center Section is nowhere near as busy as the South Section, especially in Division 1, so the Lancers have some solid chances to move forward.
If Bishop Amat wins, he will face winner Eastlake-Ayala in Thursday’s regional semi-final.
The seeds of the state playoffs are often puzzles, and this is the case of Bonita (17-6). The Bearcats are the No. 5 seed in Division II and must hit the road to face No. 4 La Costa Canyon (19-13) for Tuesday’s 4 p.m. first round game.
Bonita performed well in the Division 2 CIF-SS playoffs, losing to future champion Thousand Oaks in the semifinals. But even with just six losses, he found himself ranked behind a team with 13 losses, finished fourth in the Coast League and lost in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division title game 10-2 after entering the tournament as a sixth seed.
On the other hand, it’s probably a good draw for Bonita, who has a good chance of reaching the second round where she would face No.1 Trabuco Hills or El Camino Real. Thousand Oaks, who beat Trabuco Hills for the CIF-SS Division 2 title, withdrew from the tournament.
La Habra (23-10), who won his first CIF-SS baseball championship by beating Elsinore 8-3 in the Division 6 title game and never came close to losing in the CIF-SS playoffs, has won the No. 1 seed in Division V Support. The Highlanders get a first-round bypass and advance to Thursday’s semi-finals. They will face No.4 Bakersfield Christian or No.5 Lancaster.
During La Habra’s CIF-SS title race, she dominated her opponents in the 55-9 playoffs.