The CIF-Southern Section Baseball Tournament continues with second round play May 7, with 11 of the 19 Catholic schools — representing all seven divisions — advancing after first round victories May 2 and 3.
Among those still in the tournament are Damien and Santa Margarita in Division 2, who will play one another in the second round, assuring at least one Catholic school quarterfinalist come May 10. Also moving on is Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), ranked 19th nationally by Maxpreps, which previously took two of three from No. 20 Harvard-Westlake at the end of the regular season to win the Mission League title.
Those eliminated included Paraclete, ranked No. 1 in the final D-3 poll, which was beaten by Saugus 2-1.
A summary of first round results and second round matchups, with season-ending CIF-SS divisional rankings where applicable:
Division 1: Bishop Amat beat El Dorado 7-0; Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) beat Dos Pueblos 2-0; Aliso Niguel beat Chaminade 3-2; Mira Costa edged J. Serra 3-2; Cypress beat Servite 5-2. Round 2: No. 6 Notre Dame (23-6) at Mira Costa (21-8); Bishop Amat (20-8) at No. 4 Huntington Beach (23-6).
Division 2: Damien beat Sierra Canyon 4-2; St. Bonaventure blanked Simi Valley 1-0; Santa Margarita beat Tahquitz 7-1. Round 2: No. 8 Damien (17-11) at No. 9 Santa Margarita (22-11); St. Bonaventure (13-10) at No. 10 Norco (17-11).
Division 3: Saugus edged Paraclete 2-1; Serra beat Montebello 9-3. Round 2: Serra (17-11) hosts Saugus (16-11).
Division 4: St. Paul beat Temple City 10-1; Mary Star beat Burbank 9-2. Round 2: No. 3 St. Paul (18-9) at Loara (18-8); No. 7 Mary Star (22-7) at Sunny Hills (20-11).
Division 5: Salesian beat Fillmore 5-2. Round 2: Salesian (15-11) at No. 8 Pomona (16-5).
Division 6: St. Monica lost to Vista del Lago 4-2; St. Anthony beat Desert Christian 17-0; Carpinteria beat Santa Clara 4-1; Rio Hondo Prep beat St. Genevieve 14-3. Round 2: No. 6 St. Anthony (13-12) hosts Rowland (14-8).
Division 7: Don Bosco Tech beat Wiseburn-DaVinci 11-8; St. Monica Academy lost to Arroyo 6-0. Round 2: Don Bosco Tech (12-7) at No. 3 University Prep (14-6).
Mike Nelson is the former editor of The Tidings (predecessor of Angelus News).
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