Despite the absence of leading hitter Josh Hochgesang from the starting lineup, Sunny Hills got plenty of help from Scott Warkentin in its 10-5 upset of Tustin in the opening round of the Southern Section Division II baseball playoffs Friday at Tustin High.
With Hochgesang, who batted .507 and hit 10 home runs in the regular season, limited to a pinch-runner because of tendinitis in his throwing arm, Warkentin came through with a home run and four runs batted in.
Warkentin, who replaced Hochgesang at shortstop, hit a two-run shot in the second inning as Sunny Hills rallied from an early deficit and handed Tustin its quickest exit from the playoffs in seven years.
"We wanted to have some fun and win this one for Josh," Warkentin said.
The victory puts Sunny Hills (20-7), the No. 2 entry from the Freeway League, into Tuesday's second round against Upland, which beat Century League-champion Canyon.