High school sports

Stunner! Oilers fall in baseball quarterfinal

NICK PRATTO homered for the Oilers’ sole run in their 4-1 upset loss to El Dorado Friday afternoon in the CIF-SS Division 1 baseball playoffs (OC Tribune photo).

El Dorado High’s Golden Hawks pulled off the high school baseball upset of the year Friday as they defeated Huntington Beach High 4-1 in a CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinal game at the Oiler field.

An overflow crowd saw the orange-and-black – ranked number one in the division and already the unofficial “state champion” after winning the prestigious Boras Classic tournament earlier this year – get knocked out of the playoffs.

HAGEN DANNER pitched a shutout through five innings for the Oilers (OC Tribune photo).

The contest was a scoreless tie until the team from Placentia got on the board with a home run in the top of the sixth off Oiler starter Hagen Danner. A bloop single with the bases loaded gave El Dorado two more runs.

In the bottom of the sixth, Nick Pratto homered to get the Oilers on the board, but EDHS answered with another run to extend the lead to 4-1. HBHS got a couple of runners on base in the seventh but couldn’t bring them in.

The Oilers finish their season 27-5 with a Sunset League title under their belt. The Golden Hawks (21-8-1) will face Corona in a semifinal game on Tuesday.

In Division 2, Edison lost is quarterfinal contest to Palm Desert 3-2. The Chargers were led by Spencer Serven, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Riley Hadden made the start for EHS, working five innings and giving up three runs on seven hits. Edison finished the season with a 20-13 mark.

Softball quarterfinal action on Thursday saw Pacifica defeated by Norco 20-2 in Division 1 play. The Mariners, who came into the game ranked 23 in the state, lost to the Cougars, who are ranked number one in the state and the nation. They are 32-0 and the Mariners finished their 2017 campaign with a 22-8 mark.

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