ARCADIA – Jake Gallaway sparked a two-run rally with a lead-off triple in the fourth inning and led Etiwanda to a 3-2 win over Arcadia in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 semifinals at Arcadia High School on Tuesday.
Gallaway went 3-for-4 and scored twice. Etiwanda advances to its first CIF championship game and will face Mission Viejo, an 11-7 winner over Santa Barbara in the other semifinal, at Dodger Stadium on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Ryan Hunter drove in Gallaway with a one-out single in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie. Pinch-runner Max Rodriguez came around to score later in the inning on a groundout by Chris Oropesa and give Etiwanda a 2-0 lead.
Arcadia bounced back to score a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, but ran out of inning. Gary Huang drove in Haram Park with a single to right field. But Huang tried to advance to second and was caught in a pickle. Instead of having runners on first and third with two outs, Arcadia ended the rally with Huang getting thrown out at second.
Etiwanda added to its lead in the fifth inning when Gallaway started a two-out rally with a single. After Galloway was balked to second, Justin Broussard followed with an RBI single to give Etiwanda a 3-1 lead.
Etiwanda starter Andy Cerroni was cruising through the first four innings. He gave up only three hits and walked one.
Arcadia’s George Papavisilou led off the fifth inning with a double and reached third on a sacrifice. That was the end of the day for Cerroni as he gave way to lefty reliever Jason Broussard who balked in Papavisiou to score before striking out the next two batters to end the inning.
Arcadia starter KJ Edson went 6 1/3 innings and struck out five. He was hit in the leg on a comebacker off the bat of Justin Broussard and taken out of the game in the seventh inning. He gave up all three runs on eight hits and walked none.
Justin Broussard was 2-for-4, drove in a run and stole a base. Hunter was 2-for-4, drove in a run and scored a run.