Five remain alive in CIF

Estancia, Sage Hill, Newport Harbor, CdM and Mesa make CIF playoffs, a combined first.


For the first time in the same season, each of the five high school baseball programs in the Newport-Mesa area qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

It's a milestone considering two of the teams, Newport Harbor and Estancia, last appeared in the postseason in 1990 and 1994, respectively.

Estancia and Newport Harbor are back, joining Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa and Sage Hill, three teams that reached the playoffs last season. The playoff draw, announced Monday, has the Sailors, Sea Kings and Mustangs playing today, while the Eagles and Lightning have some time off before they open the playoffs.


Newport Harbor, CdM and Costa Mesa are in wild-card games in their respective divisions today at 3:15 p.m.

The Sailors (16-10) are in Division I and play host to Roosevelt from Corona (12-12-1).

The Sea Kings (11-16) travel to San Bernardino to play Cajon (17-8) in Division III.

The Mustangs (14-13) are at home against La Cañada (14-9) in Division IV.

The Eagles and Lightning are each at home in first-round games set for Friday at 3:15 p.m.

Estancia (17-10) is in Division IV and plays Colony (16-9), which is from Ontario.

Sage Hill (17-5) plays the winner of today's Division VI wild-card game between Calvary Chapel of Moreno Valley and Victor Valley Christian of Victorville.

While the postseason is unfamiliar territory for Newport Harbor, its first-year coach, Patrick Murphy, is used to coaching during this time of the year.

Murphy has only missed the playoffs three times in his 14 seasons as a head coach or assistant. Under Murphy, the Sailors improved seven games in the win column from last season and they moved up one spot in the ultra-competitive Sunset League, taking third place.

Senior Blake Davey leads the Sailors with a .414 batting average and sophomore Matt Carpenter has a team-best eight home runs and 29 runs batted in.

Newport Harbor faces Roosevelt, an at-large entry from the Big VIII League. Roosevelt enters the playoffs having lost three of four games, a span in which it has only scored six runs.

Newport Harbor was in a rut down the stretch until it broke out of it in the regular-season finale last week. The Sailors earned their first playoff berth in 20 years with a 6-1 Sunset League upset of Edison, ranked No. 4 in the final Division I coaches' poll.

CdM clinched its postseason berth last week as well.

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