Los Angeles Preps: Raul Camas

The CIF City Sectional Division I baseball semifinals will be an all-San Fernando Valley affair.

Top-seeded Chatsworth plays a surprising Birmingham team in the first game. Second-seeded El Camino Real, the reigning City Section champion, faces an underappreciated San Fernando team in the other semifinal.

Birmingham, the 12th-seeded team in the City Section playoffs, is coming off a 3-2 win over Granada Hills. Kevin Torres hit a two-run home run and earned the save for Birmingham.

Chatsworth beat Woodland Hills Taft, 5-2, behind a strong performance from Aaron Brown on the mound and at the plate. Brown started the game and struck out eight. He also had two hits, a two-run single and an RBI double.

Raul Camas added a two-run home run for Chatsworth.

San Fernando scored three runs in the sixth inning to rally for a 5-3 win over Kennedy of Granada Hills.

Kevin Martinez delivered a two-run double in the sixth inning. San Fernando starter David Lira went the distance and teammate David Garcia had three hits.

El Camino Real needed a little late-inning magic to beat Narbonne, 6-5. Narbonne took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a three-run home run by Chris Ortega.

Chris Nicholson hit a home run, had a three-run double and went 3-for-4 for El Camino.

The CIF City Section semifinals are at USC’s Dedeaux Field on Wednesday starting at 3 p.m.

Here’s a look at the Division II quarterfinal results and the championship game of Division III:

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LA North: Chatsworth 5, Taft 2

May, 26, 2011
Aaron BrownCourtesy of Chatsworth HSChatsworth's Aaron Brown contributed on the mound and in the batter's box in the Chancellors' victory.

CHATSWORTH -- Aaron Brown entered Thursday's City Section Division 1 baseball playoff game fully aware of the fact his performance would have a major impact on the final outcome.

Given the circumstances, it did not appear as if the Chatsworth High senior felt any added pressure. Brown thrived, in fact, throwing the ball well on the mound and he helped his own cause with some timely hitting in a 5-2 quarterfinal victory over visiting Woodland Hills Taft.

"I wanted to come in and get after it, have fun and play hard,'' Brown said.

Trailing by a run in the bottom of the third inning, Brown delivered a two-run single with bases loaded to give the Chancellors a 2-1 lead. He added an RBI double later in the game, for good measure.

Raul Camas hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to give Chatsworth (23-5) what proved to be an insurmountable three-run advantage. Brown, of course, made things look rather easy along the way, giving up three hits in five innings of work with a walk and eight strikeouts.

"I attacked the zone and hit my spots, and I got some good pitches to hit,'' Brown said. "The playoff intensity is great.''

In relief, Christian Lopez worked a pair of scoreless innings to secure the victory for Chatsworth.

The Chancellors advance to Wednesday afternoon's semifinal at USC's Dedeaux Field against Lake Balboa Birmingham (17-14) at 3 p.m. The Patriots, the 12th seed, have been a pleasant surprise during postseason play thus far, especially after defeating Granada Hills, 3-2, on Thursday.

Sean Ceglinsky covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.