The second round of league play kicks off this afternoon at three campus sites, including what could be an epic battle on the Poly campus.

Lakewood @ Poly, 3:00pm

The Jackrabbits’ little-used campus field (also known as the Gwynn Family Field) will play host to a huge league clash for the second Friday in a row—this time the game kicks off the second round of league play, where Poly, Lakewood, and Wilson will have four weeks to break their logjam at the top of the standings box.

http://www.gazettes.com/sports/lakewood/article_c6e5528c-5515-11e0-994b-001cc4c03286.html" target="_blank">Last time these two teams met it was an eight inning battle, and with Shane Watson (Lakewood) and Tyler Maxwell (Poly) on the mound, it has the potential to go that distance again.  One key to watch for Lakewood is how they’re able to adjust to playing without catcher Tyler Schultz, who sadly will miss the rest of the season with a compression fracture in his scapula.  Schultz was a defensive leader and a reliable hitter for the Lancers, who will be playing in their first major test without him.

If you’re unable to make the game (which would make sense, since it’s at 3pm), be sure to check the website, as we’ll be doing live updates with a little commentary thrown in for good measure.  If you’re planning on attending, be sure to get there early—there aren’t many seats at Poly, and the baseball team has planned a Pacific Islander Club “Day at the Ballpark,” which should ensure that any and all available space is occupied.

Millikan @ Jordan, 3pm

It’s the clash of the league’s two most upset-minded teams at Jordan’s field, which should be electric for this matchup.  The Rams are hoping to unseat one of those three teams at the top of the standings box, while the Panthers want to bump off Millikan, or any other playoff-seeded team, so they can try to either move up to a guaranteed berth, or get their record to .500 where they can qualify as an at-large.

Compton @ Wilson, 3pm

http://gazettes.com/sports/wilson/article_a717b260-5515-11e0-9577-001cc4c03286.html" target="_blank">Last time these two teams met, the result was a 26-0 Wilson win.  It’s hard to imagine things going too much in a different direction, especially since the Bruins have been using their big gun pitchers in their normal rotation, regardless of their opponent.

Sports Guy Mike Guardabascio has been writing professionally for a decade, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards and is the author of the historical book "Football in Long Beach."

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