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LA North and Inland Empire: First-round CIF Southern Section baseball playoff games

Perhaps the most intriguing matchup in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 baseball playoffs is Royal vs. Vista Murrieta.

Royal (20-9) had to win a wild-card game against Villa Park to advance to the first-round of the playoffs. Behind a three-run fourth inning, Royal came away with a 4-2 win.

Vista Murrieta (21-5) is the third-seeded team in the Division 1 playoffs. The Broncos won the Southwestern League and is one of the top teams in the state, ranked in the top 10 by a number of outlets.

Junior infielder Jeff Moberg leads Vista Murrieta with a .488 batting average in 26 games. He had a 19-game hitting streak to open the season and got at least one hit in every game but two. He is also 12-for-16 in stolen bases.

Senior infielder Holger Robalino leads Vista Murrieta with four home runs and is second on the team with 23 RBIs. He is hitting .407 in 26 games.

Junior outfielder Justin Greco leads Royal with four home runs and 34 RBIs in 27 games. He is hitting .316 with nine doubles.

Royal junior infielder Atherton Kniseley has four home runs and 19 RBIs in 26 games. He has a .312 batting average. Royal has three players hitting .400 or better.

Here is look at some of the other key first-round games from teams in the LA North area:

Tesoro (18-13) at Westlake (19-8)

Westlake freshman shortstop Luke Dykstra is hitting .396. He leads the team in doubles with 10, hit two home runs and drove in 15. Tesoro senior first baseman Connor Spencer leads the team with 23 RBIs and is hitting .395 in 31 games.

Moorpark (18-10) at Valencia (20-6)

Moorpark is coming off a 7-0 win over Millikan in the wild-card round. Matt Higginbotham tossed a two-hitter and had three doubles for Moorpark. Valencia sophomore AJ Balta leads his team with 11 home runs and has knocked in 25 runs. He is hitting .422 in 26 games.

Fountain Valley (16-11) at Simi Valley (17-10)

Fountain Valley beat St. John Bosco, 4-1, in the wild-card round. Simi Valley senior Cody Ramer leads the team with five home runs and 25 RBIs. He is hitting .470 in 22 games. The Simi Valley team has hit 10 home runs this season.

Newbury Park (18-9) at Camarillo (21-4-1)

Newbury Park junior centerfielder Joe Christian leads the team with four home runs and 27 RBIs. He is hitting .397 in 26 games. Camarillo’s Hunter Virant clinched the Pacific View championship pitching his team to a 3-2 win over Oxnard. He went six innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He also had three hits in the game, two doubles and a single.

Los Alamitos (12-13-1) at Hart (20-6)

Los Alamitos senior outfielder Moises Montes leads his team with three home runs and 19 RBIs. Hart has a pair of aces in Garrett Gooding and Tyler Glasnow. Each pitcher has a 7-2 record. Glasnow has 90 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings and a 1.27 ERA. Gooding has 63 strikeouts in 51 innings.

SOUTHERN SECTION

BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

DIVISION 1

Wild-card game, Thursday, 3:15 p.m.

Capistrano Valley at Long Beach Poly

First round, Friday, 3:15 p.m.

Corona Santiago at No. 1 Edison

Orange Lutheran at Foothill

Tesoro at Westlake

El Modena at Lakewood

Moorpark at Valencia

Oxnard at Dana Hills

Anaheim Canyon at Riverside North

Great Oak at No. 4 JSerra

Royal at No. 3 Vista Murrieta

King at Long Beach Wilson

Fountain Valley at Simi Valley

Norco at El Toro

Newbury Park at Camarillo

Winner wild-card I at Esperanza

Los Alamitos at Hart

Temecula Valley at No. 2 Mater Dei

DIVISION 2

Wild-card game, Thursday, 3:15 p.m.

Tustin at Etiwanda

First round, Thursday, 3:15 p.m. unless noted

Dos Pueblos at No. 1 Cypress

Vista del Lago at Mission Viejo

Damien at Glendora

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame vs. Crescenta Valley at Stengel Field, 4 p.m.

Placentia Valencia at Harvard-Westlake

South Hills at Arroyo Grande

Yucaipa at West Torrance

Aliso Niguel at No. 4 Santa Barbara

Bellflower at No. 3 Redlands

Buena at Canyon Springs

Peninsula at Chino Hills

Winner wild-card L at Trabuco Hills, FRIDAY

Palos Verdes at Chaminade

Garden Grove Pacifica at Los Osos

Alemany at La Mirada

La Sierra at No. 2 Arcadia

DIVISION 3

First round, Friday, 3:15 p.m. unless noted

Bell Gardens at No. 1 Bonita

Northwood at Lancaster

Loara at Gahr

San Gorgonio at Garden Grove

Ocean View at Colton

Paloma Valley at El Rancho

Montebello at Santa Monica

Downey at No. 4 Beckman

Irvine University at No. 3 Alhambra

Knight at Rancho Alamitos

Culver City at Westminster

Cajon at Paramount

Hawthorne at Temescal Canyon

Rialto at Los Altos

Whittier vs. Woodbridge at Windrow Park, 6 p.m.

Warren at No. 2 Quartz Hill

DIVISION 4

Wild-card game, Thursday, 3:15 p.m.

La Canada at Summit

First round, Thursday, 3:15 p.m. unless noted

Estancia at No. 1 Palm Desert

La Salle at Covina

Winner wild-card B at Colony, FRIDAY

Grace Brethren at Sonora

Bishop Montgomery at Oaks Christian

Montclair at Savanna

Monrovia at El Segundo

Indio at No. 4 Laguna Beach

South Pasadena at No. 3 Torrance

La Habra at Don Lugo

Katella at Granite Hills

Chino at San Dimas

Santa Ana Calvary Chapel at La Quinta

Troy at Kaiser

St. Bonaventure at Temple City

Ridgecrest Burroughs at No. 2 Bishop Amat, 4 p.m.

DIVISION 5

Wild-card game, Thursday, 3:15 p.m.

Templeton at Mary Star

First round, Friday, 3:15 p.m. unless noted

Serrano at No. 1 Woodcrest Christian

Gardena Serra at Cerritos Valley Christian, 4 p.m.

Gabrielino at Lompoc Cabrillo, THURSDAY, 3:30 p.m.

Paraclete at Hemet

Mountain View at Oak Hills

La Puente at Desert Hot Springs

Maranatha at Citrus Valley

Winner wild-card E at No. 4 Campbell Hall

Shadow Hills at No. 3 Whittier Christian

Lompoc at Arroyo

Riverside Notre Dame at Montclair Prep

West Valley at Sierra Vista

Gladstone at Nipomo

Sultana at Tahquitz

Ontario Christian at Big Bear, 3:30 p.m.

Duarte at No. 2 Cathedral

DIVISION 6

Wild-card game, Thursday, 2 p.m.

Silver Valley at Bloomington Christian

First round, Thursday, 3:15 p.m. unless noted

Mojave at No. 1 Oxford Academy

Buckley at Bishop Diego

Avalon at Brentwood, 2:30 p.m.

Boron at Salesian

Flintridge Prep at Vasquez

Southlands Christian at Anza Hamilton

Moreno Valley Calvary Chapel at Academy for Academic Excellence

Yeshiva at No. 4 Bishop

Santa Paula at No. 3 Lancaster Desert Christian

Rosamond at California Lutheran

Victor Valley Christian at Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian

Rio Hondo Prep at Viewpoint

Kern Valley at Capistrano Valley Christian

Windward at Villanova Prep

Bell-Jeff at Crean Lutheran

Winner wild-card H at No. 2 Pasadena Poly, FRIDAY

DIVISION 7

First round, Friday, 3:15 p.m.

Southwestern Academy at No. 1 New Roads

Milken vs. Pacific Lutheran at Veterans Park, 2 p.m.

Los Angeles Lutheran vs. North County Christian at Alvord Field, 3:30 p.m.

Animo Leadership vs. Temecula Prep at Great Oak

Delphi Academy at Dunn

Weaver at St. Michael's Prep

Academy of Careers and Exploration at Lee Vining

Granada Hills Hillcrest Christian at No. 4 Riverside Christian

Lennox Academy at No. 3 Firebaugh

Tarbut V'Torah at Twin Pines, THURSDAY, 2:30 p.m.

Santa Maria Valley Christian vs. New Community Jewish at Taft, THURSDAY, 3 p.m.

Public Safety Academy at Nuview Bridge

Cate vs. St. Monica Academy at La Canada

Coast Union at Pacifica Christian

Immanuel Christian at Riverside Prep

No. 2 Rolling Hills Prep def. Shalhevet (forfeit)

Second round, May 24; quarterfinals, May 27; semifinals, May 31 (Division 1 at Blair Field, Long Beach). Championships in Divisions 2 and 3, June 2 at Dodger Stadium. Championships in Divisions 1 and 4, June 3 at Dodger Stadium. Championships in Divisions 5-7, June 4 at Riverside Sports Complex.