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Sharks gain first-place seed in playoffs
The Malibu High School baseball team maintained their dominance in the Frontier League after a 4-3 victory in a league tiebreaker game against Santa Paula on Friday, May 16, which earned them the No. 1 seed in CIF playoffs.
After a 4-3 win over Carpinteria on May 13 lined the Sharks up to definitively take first place in the league, Carpinteria fought back to take a one-point, 5-4 victory over Malibu on Thursday, May 15.
The Sharks maintained a 3-0 lead in the early innings of the Friday game, but Carpinteria fired back to tie the game in the seventh inning. A scoreless eighth inning drove Carpinteria and Malibu into a ninth inning, where Carpinteria rallied to score two more runs against the Sharks.
The win by Carpinteria, as well as a Santa Paula victory over Fillmore, threw the league into a five-way, first-place tie, causing the teams to go head-to-head in extra games on Friday in order to determine which teams would move into the three playoff slots.
The Sharks’ playoff positioning came down to the fifth inning of their game against Santa Paula, when the Cardinals broke Ezra Allen’s four-inning shut out and tied the game at three.
Noah Simon took to the mound with bases loaded and ended the Cardinals’ threat. Two hits and two RBIs from Chase Lambert and a clutch hit from Bronson Bard to score the winning run earned the Sharks their coveted spot in CIF.
Having earned a first-place seed with their close win over Santa Paula on Friday, the Sharks are now hoping to be granted home-field advantage for the first round of CIF playoffs on Thursday, May 22.