Tigers Win 1-0; Host CIF Quarterfinal Game Today

The South Pasadena baseball team waits in the dugout in the first inning of a CIF Southern Section Division 6 playoff game against Viewpoint

“Trying to keep them level-headed and just having them just go with the flow,” said South Pas coach Jaime Garcia. “Pitch by pitch, play by play. And the good thing is they’re doing their best and we’ve been successful doing it. We just want to keep rolling.”
Takeda-Teer pitched a complete game in the shutout against Viewpoint (15-7 record) and struck out four while giving up six hits.
“We haven’t seen them before, so it kind of takes two or three innings to really adjust to how they play,” he said. “It got easier as the game went on because I knew where to pitch to each guy.”
South Pasadena (12-10 record) scored the only run of the game in the third inning. Jack Riffle bunted to get on base, but he lost a shoe in the process. Just as he was called safe, Viewpoint’s first baseman jumped up to catch the ball. When he came down, he landed on Riffle’s foot.
“I was just running really hard,” Riffle said. “And I saw the first baseman jump up to try to catch the ball. And then as he’s going back down, I knew I could beat it. He stepped on my foot and I face-planted and it kind of hurt, but I got the base hit.”
Riffle, who went 2 for 4 with a single and a double, stole second base, then Takeda-Teer hit a sacrifice fly to center field that drove him in.
The Tigers, who finished third in the Rio Hondo League, were able to get hits throughout the game, which was held at Chatsworth’s Sierra Canyon School. But in three different innings, they left at least two runners stranded as the frame came to a close.
“I think it’s just more timely hitting,” Riffle said. “I think we’re seeing the ball well, but we need to do better situationally to get runners in.”
South Pasadena beat Jurupa Valley, 10-3 in the first round, before taking down Viewpoint.
“We’re all feeling juiced to be going this far,” Takeda-Teer said. “We’ve been saying it since our freshman year that we’re going to get this far and we’re going to win CIF. Hopefully we can make that true and we’re all just really happy to be playing this far and playing this deep into playoffs.”