A one-hop throw from third base almost skirted by Jaden Onaca at first base, but the deft-handed utility player made the play, securing Oaks Christian School’s second ever CIF Southern Section baseball championship. The Lions defeated La Quinta of La Quinta 1-0 on May 21 in the Division 3 matchup.
Junior pitcher Joseph Steventon threw a six-hit shutout and allowed just one walk. He faced the most adversity in the first inning, when with runners on the corners, a fly ball was hit to left field. Junior outfielder Tommy Farmer caught the ball and came up firing to home plate, beating the runner by six steps for the double play. The Blackhawks did not reach third base the rest of the game.
The Lions got their run in the third inning on a bases loaded walk issued to Farmer to bring in the game’s only run.
The Lions went 20-11 this year, which was good for their first ever Marmonte League title, though it was a three-way tie at the top with Calabasas and Agoura. Both the Coyotes and Chargers were defeated in the first round of playoffs, with Agoura in the same division as the Lions, and Calabasas in Division 2.
Oaks Christian’s path through the playoffs was an eventful one. The Lions defeated Rio Mesa on the road 8-6 before hosting the #2 overall seed Kasier at home. Oaks Christian came out ontop of that matchup 4-3 on the backs of home runs from sophomore infielder Elijah Clayton, senior outfielder Royce Clayton Jr., and Steventon. A 15-3 rout of Palm Desert saw the Lions into a semifinal matchup at Newport Harbor. Onaca threw a complete game, and the Lions came back down two runs to reach the championship with a 3-2 victory.
This is Oaks Christian’s second CIF Championship of the 2021-22 school year, as girls’ basketball also won the CIF championship in January.