IRVINE >> Woodbridge’s baseball team clinched a CIF-SS Division 2 playoff berth by defeating Northwood, 7-4, Friday night in a Pacific Coast League game at Ryan Lemmon Stadium.
The Warriors (17-7, 9-4) nailed down at least the third spot and lead fourth-place Northwood (11-13, 6-7) by three games with two games left in the regular season.
Woodbridge is one game behind second-place Beckman (20-4, 10-3) and meets the Patriots on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Ryan Lemmon Stadium and Thursday at Beckman.
“Northwood is a really good team and probably should be a playoff team,” said Woodbridge coach Tim Murray. “I don’t know if there is a wild card in the division they’re in, but they’re well coached, they do a heck of a job and they battle.
“They’re just as good as anybody else in the league. We were fortunate today. We scored four runs in the third inning on no hits and no errors.”
Scott Armstrong, pitching on two days of rest, pitched the first 5 1/3 innings to get the win. He came on in relief in Tuesday’s victory over Northwood.
Armstrong (7-3) gave way to Chris Garner, who pitched into the seventh. Spencer Weston notched the save.
“Scottie Armstrong battled,” Murray said. “He had to come on in relief the other day so we were careful with him today. I’m glad that Chris Garner, a senior, and Spencer Weston, also a senior, were able to come out of the bullpen and get it done for us.”
Northwood outhit Woodbridge, 7-6, led by Ely Stuart, who had two hits and scored two runs. Dillon Gonzales and Julian Tristan also had two hits for the Timberwolves.
Woodbridge benefited from eight walks and three hit batters by Northwood pitchers. Woodbridge made four errors.
Northwood took the lead in the first inning when Gonzales drove in Stuart, who had singled, with a base hit.
Woodbridge answered in the bottom of the inning. Kyle…