Prep Preview: Tahquitz at Woodcrest Chr.

I’m covering the Hemet Tahquitz-Riverside Woodcrest Christian CIF-Southern Section Division 5 Semifinal Round playoff game today, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, for The Press-Enterprise/(@PEcom_preps) and the Southern California Newspaper Group/(@SoCalNewsGroup).

First pitch is set for 3:15 p.m. PT at Woodcrest Christian School in Riverside (Calif.).

tahquitzLOGOTHE LOW DOWN:
The Titans (18-9, Mountain Pass No. 2) backed into the playoffs, losing 3-0 to league champ Perris Citrus Hill in the regular-season finale, but have won three straight to advance to the semifinals. Coach Ron Savage’s team went on the road and shutout Monrovia, 1-0, in the quarterfinals on Friday, but are living by the thinnest of margins having won each of their playoff games by just one run. Players statistics are unavailable.

WoodcrestChrLOGOThe Royals (27-5 overall, Amabassador League champions) needed a season-high 11 innings to take down Santa Ynez, 7-4, in a Quarterfinal Round game last week. Coach Glenn Prater’s team had won 8-0 and 10-0, respectively, in their 1st and 2nd Round games, so any over confidence should be gone. Freshman Jordan Keller turned out to be the team most consistent hitter, with a .476 BA (39 hits in 89 ABs) and 25 RBIs in 29 games.

THE KEY PLAYERS:
Tahquitz
— P/3B/OF Kendall Brett, Sr. (#8); C Tim Cortez, Sr. (#27); INF Greg Ellis, Sr. (#6); P Renee Martin, Sr. (#29); OF/P Brennan Morales, Sr. (#5)

Woodcrest Christian — OF/C Trevor Berl, Sr. (6-foot-1, 175 pounds); OF/P Branden Bossiere, Soph. (6-foot, 180); 1B/P Christian Hammar, Sr. (6-foot, 180); 3B/P Jordan Keller, Fr. (6-3, 175); P Adam Zellers, Sr. (6-3, 220)

THE DIFFERENCE:
Woodcrest Christian’s pitching. All the Royals’ top arms should be fresh for the final week.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Woodcrest Christian 7, Hemet Tahquitz 4

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