Baseball: Central to play for division title

Ryan Tiscareno hit a two-run homer to left-center field in the third inning and added an RBI single during a four-run sixth that saw Central Catholic High pull away from Escalon en route to an 8-2 victory Monday at Tony Zupo Field in Lodi.

The win gave the Raiders a sweep of their Sac-Joaquin Section Division V baseball series with the Cougars (21-8) and sends them to the championship game at 6 p.m. next Monday. Central Catholic will play either Hughson or Calaveras. That series resumes at 4 p.m. today with Hughson leading 1-0.

Central scored two runs in the top of the first, then took a 4-0 lead on Tiscareno's homer.

"We kind of dug a hole for ourselves with a couple errors in the first and couldn't get out of it," Escalon coach Greg Largent said.

Patrick Trinkler pitched five shutout innings for the Raiders, then freshman Billy Flamion struck out five of six in relief. Flamion singled, doubled and tripled.

Division VII

BROOKSIDE CHRISTIAN 12, BIG VALLEY CHRISTIAN 4, at Galt -- Brookside (11-9) scored six runs on seven hits in the sixth inning and went on to sweep Big Valley (10-10) in the best-of-three series. Brookside advances to the championship against either Jim Elliot Christian or Valley Christian, who play today.