Los Angeles Preps: Hillcrest Christian

RIVERSIDE -- The eight-year-old school with a five-year-old baseball program has its first section title.

Firebaugh of Lynwood upset top-seeded Hillcrest Christian of Granada Hills, 5-4, to capture the CIF-Southern Section Division 7 championship Saturday morning at UC Riverside, bagging a feat many schools take decades to accomplish. The Falcons scored their runs in the first three innings.

It was quite an unlikely playoff run for Firebaugh, which had been ranked sixth in the final coaches' poll. But the Falcons turned on the switch when it mattered, winning its playoff games by scores of 9-1, 23-1 and 8-0 before defeating second-seeded New Roads 4-3 in the semifinals.

Anthony Rios, Armando Murillo and Francisco Miranda each had two hits for Firebaugh, which finished second in the Harbor League this season. Rios closed it out with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Pitcher Josh Clark went the distance for Hillcrest Christian, allowing 10 hits in six innings. Offensively, he had three of his team's five hits.

North: Agoura ranked No. 5 for Division 1 baseball playoffs

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The Agoura baseball team will open the CIF Southern Section Division 1 baseball playoffs against the winner of the wild-card game between JSerra and Brea Olinda.

Agoura, the surprise winner of the Marmonte League, is the No. 5 team in the latest Division 1 poll. Orange Lutheran is the No. 1 seed in the Division 1 playoffs. Mater Dei from Santa Ana is No. 2, followed by JW North at No. 3 and Long Beach Wilson at No. 4.

West Ranch, the champion of the Foothill League, will play the winner of the wild-card game between Canyon of Anaheim and Riverside Poly.

Twenty teams are in the wild-card round for the Division 1 playoffs. Some of the more interesting games include Milikan vs. Moorpark, Pacifica of Oxnard vs. Capistrano Valley, Corona vs. Valencia and Hart vs. Simi Valley.

The wild-card games are scheduled for Tuesday. The first round of the playoffs begin on Friday.

In the Southern Section Division 2 playoffs, Harvard-Westlake earned the top seed and will play the winner of the wild-card game between Ventura and Burroughs of Burbank.

Alemany is the No. 3 seed giving the Mission League two of the top three teams in the Division 2 playoff bracket.

Paraclete from Lancaster earned the top seed in the Division 5. Hillcrest Christian from Granada Hills is the top seed in the Division 7 playoffs.

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