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Long Beach Baseball CIF Playoffs Preview

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The CIF Southern Section baseball brackets were released on Monday and Moore League champion Millikan has the only home game in the first round when the Rams host Mission Viejo in Division 2 action on Thursday.

The Rams (20-9, 11-1) clinched their fourth league title in the last six years by beating Long Beach Poly in dramatic fashion on the last day of the regular season. After Millikan pitcher Myles Patton and Long Beach Poly pitcher Ryan Skjonsby battled through six scoreless innings, Rams center fielder Cameron Hegamin delivered a game-winning bases loaded single in the bottom of the seventh to clinch the outright Moore League title for Millikan with a 1-0 victory.

Wilson (19-9, 10-2) has a great local matchup in Division 4 as the Bruins visit St. Anthony in the first round on Thursday. Wilson coach Andy Hall is a St. Anthony alum of the Saints baseball program that has flourished under coach Kris Jondle.

“I think it will be fun for the kids on both teams,” Jondle said. “Most of the guys know each other. Is it good for (the St. Anthony baseball program)? If we win it is. But, we are the big underdog so we can play loose and free and let it all hang out.”

Lakewood is visiting Moorpark in the first round of Division 2 on Thursday after finishing third in the Moore League. Long Beach Poly travels to Capistrano Valley Christian in the first round of Division 3 on Friday after finishing fourth in league.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.