Baseball: Gardena Serra marches into Division 3 semifinals
Trent Hammond is nine for 12 in the Southern Section Division 3 baseball playoffs, so it's no surprise that Gardena Serra has reached the semifinals after a 6-2 victory over Garden Grove.
Denz'l Chapman had a home run and Duncan McKinnon had two RBIs for the Cavaliers, who relied on pitchers Dominic Smith and Solomon Bates. Serra will play Diamond Bar in the semifinals. Diamond Bar defeated Gahr, 5-3. Elsinore defeated Peninsula, 2-1, and Mira Costa knocked off Bishop Amat, 4-2.
In Division 2, Vista Murrieta defeated South Hills, 2-1. Joven Afenir threw five innings and Tyler Russell threw two scoreless innings of relief. Freshman Jack Moberg had two hits.
Kevin Lillicrop threw a one-hitter and Tyler Alamo had two hits and two RBIs to lead Cypress past Oxnard, 9-0. Cypress will play Vista Murrieta in the semifinals. Los Osos will meet Temecula Valley in the other semifinal.
In Division 4, Jack Kruger had a grand slam in Oaks Christian's 14-4 win over Northview. Chris Davis added three hits.
In Division 5, Village Christian defeated Tahquitz, 10-1. Chris Davidson struck out six in a complete game. Brad Wetherby had three hits.
-- Eric Sondheimer