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SCIAC Baseball Postseason Tournament - Day 2 Recap

SCIAC Baseball Postseason Tournament - Day 2 Recap

No. 4 California Lutheran def. No. 3 Occidental, 1-0
In a pitcher's duel that featured a seven-inning effort from Tom Butler of Occidental, and a six-inning-outing from Zach Hardman of California Lutheran, the Kingsmen plated the game's lone run in the bottom of the seventh as Cortez Espinoza scored on a passed ball. Hardman earned the win, fanning five hitters in the process, while Butler fired nine strikeouts in the losing effort. 

No. 1 Chapman def. No. 2 La Verne, 4-1
A three-run fifth inning helped spark Chapman to its 4-1 victory over La Verne on Saturday as the Panthers advanced to the SCIAC Postseason Tournament title game at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Holding a 1-0 lead after an RBI groundout in the bottom of the second, Chapman struck for three in the fifth as Tristan Kevitch drove in two with a double down the left field line before Mack Cheli singled him in to make it 4-0. A Chris Ligot infield hit in the top of the sixth gave La Verne it's only run of the game as the Panthers held on for the win. Mason Collins earned the win for Chapman, while Nick Garcia registered the save. Devon Burhans suffered the complete-game loss for the Leopards. 

No. 4 Cal Lutheran def. La Verne, 5-1
A three-run top of the first inning helped Cal Lutheran post a 5-1 victory over La Verne as Weston Clark and Anthony Sidley provided RBIs in the frame to give the Kingsmen an early 3-0 cushion. In the top of the fourth, Trevor Egan drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt up the middle, before Daniel Stauffer sent a run across the dish with a fielder's choice in the top of the sixth to extend the lead to 5-0. La Verne got a run on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Adam Santa Cruz doubled in Charlie Verrone but the Leopards could not do more on offense. Scott Roberts earned the win on the mound, pitching eight innings allowing just one run on four hits with five strikeouts. 

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No. 1 Chapman will meet No. 4 Cal Lutheran in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament championship game at 11 a.m. at Hart Park on Sunday, May 12.