High School Sports

Four SLO County baseball and softball teams look to stay alive in section playoffs

San Luis Obispo High School’s Jeremy Jess hits during the Tigers’ playoff win over Segerstrom Friday.
San Luis Obispo High School’s Jeremy Jess hits during the Tigers’ playoff win over Segerstrom Friday. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Only four local teams remain standing after the first round of the CIF-Southern Section baseball and softball playoffs concluded last week.

Here’s a look at which teams will play in the second round.


San Luis Obispo (25-6)

The Tigers won their CIF-Southern Section Division 3 first-round playoff game in dramatic fashion on Brooks Lee’s walk-off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.

On Tuesday, the Tigers will play at Culver City (20-7, 10-0 Ocean), which rode pitchers Nolan Martinez and Eli Saucedo to an undefeated league record, allowing only 1.44 runs per game.

Martinez throws a 93 mph fastball according to his Pefect Game page and had an ERA of 0.50 this year.

However, Martinez pitched a complete game in the Centaurs’ first-round 3-0 win over Elsinore, and the Tigers will probably face the left-handed Saucedo, who had an ERA of 1.24 and was 5-2 for the season.

The Tigers will most likely start senior ace Jeremy Jess on the mound and have freshman Cooper Benson in relief. Benson pitched 1 2/3 innings in the first-round win, striking out two and allowing no hits.

The San Luis Obispo pitching staff will have to be cautious with the Centaurs’ Michael Netzel, who leads the team in batting average (.457), has twice as many RBI (28) as his next closest teammate (14), and has Culver City’s only two home runs of the year to go with nine triples.

Coast Union (9-11)

The Broncos beat Division 7 first-round playoff opponent Santa Clarita Valley International 12-0, behind Jack MacKinnon, who was 2 for 4 with five RBI and Lane Sutherland, who was 3 for 4 with a double.

Coast Union will play another Santa Clarita school — Santa Clarita Christian — in the second round on the road Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. The Cardinals had a first-round bye and were 10-0 in Heritage League play.


Templeton (15-12)

The Eagles beat Pomona Catholic 13-0 in five innings in their Division 5 first-round playoff game. Ashley Daugherty allowed one hit and had six strikeouts.

The Eagles will host hard-hitting Barstow (18-11, 8-4 Desert Sky) on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m in a showdown of pitching versus hitting. The Aztecs have hit 27 home runs on the year and have six players batting better than .350.

Coast Union (15-5)

The Broncos have an ace of their own. Ellie Magnuson pitched a one-hitter in Coast Union’s 12-2 Division 7 first-round playoff win over Orangewood Academy. Magnuson struck out 11 and also was 2 for 2 with a two-run triple and a two-run single.

The Broncos will play at Faith Baptist (13-10-1, 8-0 Heritage), which has outscored their opponents 106-5 on the year.