Huntington Beach, Estancia and Los Amigos baseball teams are all seeded in the CIF playoffs


The Estancia and Los Amigos high school baseball teams both started 11-0 this season.

The Eagles and Lobos didn’t exactly stop there.

Estancia (23-5) then set a single-season winning record and finished tied for second in the Orange Coast League. Los Amigos (22-4) earned their first winning season in 38 years and captured the Garden Grove League crown, the first league title in program history.

Both teams could also be set for big playoffs. Estancia is the No. 2 seed in the CIF South Section’s Division 6 playoffs and Los Amigos the Division 7 seed, they learned when the section released the playoffs on Monday.

Huntington Beach is the other home team seeded in the playoffs, with the Oilers winning the No. 4 seed in Division 1. Ocean View and Corona del Mar (Division 1), as well as Newport Harbor (Division 3 ), will also compete in the playoffs.

Estancia pitcher Trevor Scott throws a pitch during the Halo Classic game against Costa Mesa on March 21.

(Don Leach / personal photographer)

Estancia will host Tarbut V’Torah (7-7-2), third in the Academy League, in the first round on Thursday. The Eagles have a solid pitching pair in senior Trevor Scott and sophomore Andrew Mits, and have moved on from finishing just 8-16 a year ago.

“We appreciate that CIF places us in this [No. 2] standings because of our hard work all year recognizing our record,” said coach Nate Goellrich. “Now we just have to go out and prove this ranking. We’re going to have a target on our backs with this, we know that, but we’re going to try.

Los Amigos start at home on Friday against the winner of Wednesday’s wildcard match between Newbury Park Adventist and Leuzinger. The Lobos have excelled as coach Aaron Pines, a teacher at Edison High, continues to battle cancer.

The Surf League champion Huntington Beach (20-8) earned a first-round bye to the Division 1 playoffs as the top-four seed. Each of the other seeds — No. 1 Orange Lutheran, No. 2 JSerra and No. 3 Cypress — are also from Orange County.

The Oilers, who have two senior aces in UCLA-bound left-handed pitcher Ben Jacobs and right-handed pitcher Matthew Lopez, will host the winner of Friday’s game between co-Golden West League champion Ocean View (19-8) and Del Rey League runner-up Bishop Amat (21-6) in the second round on May 10.

Los Amigos' Steven Esteves beats the pitch and scores on a brace from Aaron Ramirez against Santiago on April 8.

Los Amigos’ Steven Esteves beats the pitch and scores on a brace from Aaron Ramirez against Santiago on April 8.

(Scott Smeltzer / staff photographer)

Ocean View lost to Bishop Amat 9-5 in their third game of the season on Feb. 17, tying out an eight-run third inning. But the young Seahawks, who have moved up the playoff splits in recent years, appear to be heading into the CIF with momentum after Spencer Johnsen’s no-hitter led them to a split league title against Segerstrom on Thursday.

“It’s super exciting to play Segerstrom because it sets the tone for the playoffs,” Ocean View coach Tanner VanMaanen said. “That’s what’s great… It was that kind of atmosphere all week, so our guys got to taste it. We talked about it a lot. This is how our emotions are going to react, and we have to be able to control them, because we are going to be so excited. It’s the same for the playoffs against Bishop Amat.

Also in Division 1, Wave League champion Corona del Mar (18-10) hosts Trinity League No. 3 Servite (16-11) in a first round match on Friday. The winner plays Cypress in the second round on May 10.

In Division 3, Wave League runners-up Newport Harbor (16-11) hosts Sea View League No. 2 San Clemente (14-14) in the first round on Friday.


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