The next project for the Rio Hondo League champion South Pasadena Tigers (20-7) is the CIF- Southern Section Division 2 playoffs. Pairings were announced Sunday, and four Rio Hondo teams will play, starting Tuesday.
South Pasadena and RHL second-place La Ca ada received first- round byes and will play Thursday. Temple City and San Marino will play Tuesday. Pasadena, in Division6, will join the Rio Hondo teams in Tuesday's games. Pasadena Poly received a bye and will play Thursday. Quarterfinal games are scheduled for Saturday.
The Rio Hondo will get to know Riverside County's Big VIII League well over the next few days. Third- place Temple City (18-9) plays at Riverside Poly (12-12, No. 3 in the Big VIII), the winner facing top seed Mater Dei. Fourth-place San Marino (14-13) plays at King (18-11, Big VIII No. 2), with the winner at third-seeded Long Beach Wilson.
On Thursday, La Ca ada (9-19) will play at fourth-seeded and Big VIII champion Santiago of Corona (23-6), and South Pasadena will be at home against the winner of Tuesday's game between Norco (19-8, No. 4 in Big VIII) and El Modena (21-6, Century No. 2). The Tigers have a possible quarterfinal matchup with No. 2 seed JSerra.
Pasadena Poly head coach Ryan Katsuyama was surprised by the sixth-place seeding in Division 6 of his Panthers, who were ranked No.3 almost the entire season.
"They put us in a tough spot," he said.
That's because the Panthers might have to face third seed Crescenta Valley in Saturday's quarterfinals. Prep League champion Webb was named the top seed.
"I understand with Webb No. 1, they wanted to keep the integrity of their top seeds intact," he said. "They couldn't put us No. 4 because we would be in the same bracket."
The Panthers (16-8) will face the winner of the Ocean View (10-13, Golden West No. 3)-Santa Ynez (15-12, co-Los Padres champion) game Thursday at home. On Tuesday, Pasadena (9-10, No. 4 Pacific) plays at regular-season San Antonio League champion Nogales (22-6), with the winner getting No.2 seed Rio Mesa.
Poly and Crescenta Valley met earlier this season. The Panthers led 5-1 early in the game but lost, 11-9.
"We're a much different team, and I know they are, too," Katsuyama said.
The semifinals for each tournament are Nov. 18, with all finals scheduled for Nov. 21 at Irvine High School.
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