Baseball: No. 1 seeds Mater Dei, Bonita and Paraclete all lose
There were so many breaking news stories on Thursday regarding the opening round of the Southern Section baseball playoffs that one story hardly is enough.
Three No. 1 seeded teams -- Mater Dei in Division 1, Bonita in Division 3 and Paraclete in Division 5 -- went down to defeat. Noah Davis threw a three-hitter in Huntington Beach's 2-1 win over Mater Dei. Marcus Mayorga had three hits. L.A. Cathedral knocked off Bonita, 3-1. Sun Valley Village Christian defeated Paraclete, 4-3, in eight innings.
In Division 1, four Sunset League teams advanced: Fountain Valley, Marina, Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos. Three teams advanced from the Mission League: Harvard-Westlake, Chaminade and Loyola. And three teams advanced from the Marmonte League: Moorpark, Agoura and Thousand Oaks.
Ace pitcher Sean Barry of Moorpark looked like Sandy Koufax, striking out the first 11 batters he faced and finishing with 15 strikes in a 4-0 victory over Arlington.
Marina pulled out a 2-1 win over Norco on a bases loaded walk-off single by Tyler Mildenberg in the bottom of the seventh.
The powerful Trinity League is down to one team in the Division 1 playoffs _ Santa Margarita, which defeated Corona Santiago, 7-1. Josh Meyer had three hits. Orange Lutheran was upset by Chaminade, 4-2, with Kevin Lewallyn, Chad Gubicza and Dylan Suppan combining on a six-hitter.
El Dorado needed a one-hitter for 6 1/3 innings from Scott Serigstad and then closer Christian Rivera to record to two outs to end the prep career of Stanford-bound Chris Castellanos of Long Beach Poly, 1-0.
No. 2-seeded El Toro needed a walk-off single from Sam Clark in the eighth inning to defeat Long Beach Wilson, 2-1, in eight innings.
Fountain Valley got a two-hitter from Monty Plattner in an 8-0 win over Alemany. Jacob Nix threw a complete game in Los Alamitos' 6-5 win over West Ranch. Gianni Castillo had a two-run triple for Los Alamitos. Tyler Woldanski hit a two-run home run for West Ranch.
Thousand Oaks eliminated No. 4-seeded Anaheim Canyon, 9-4. Rick Sheehan had two hits and two RBIs. Tyler Cohen hit two home runs and Kyle London had a home run and double in Agoura's 12-5 win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.
Drew Traylor had a walk-off hit in the eighth to give Riverside Poly a 4-3 win over Capistrano Valley. Alex Horowitz hit a three-run home run and Jack Flaherty struck out nine in Harvard-Westlake's 7-1 win over Valencia.
Loyola defeated Canyon Country Canyon, 8-5, behind Angelo Armenta, who went three for three, including a home run.
In Division 3, No. 2-seeded Gardena Serra defeated West Covina, 12-7. Trent Hammond had three hits and three RBIs.
In Cathedral's upset of Bonita, Henry Martinez delivered a two-run pinch-hit double in the seventh to break a 1-1 tie. Brian Duenas allowed one run in five innings and Willie Aguilar finished up for the 3-1 victory.
Andrew Encinas threw a two-hitter in Gahr's 6-0 victory over Highland.
In Division 5, Andrew Berman threw a complete game to give Brentwood a 4-0 win over Arroyo. Daniel Cohen, Zack Lews and Ian Schiffer each had two hits.
-- Eric Sondheimer
Photo: Marina's Casey Hays hoists teammate Tyler Mildenberg after his game-winning hit in the seventh inning against Norco in a Division 1 playoff game on Thursday. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times