Anaheim Canyon has been one of the better programs in Orange County for years, but the Comanches had never reached a Southern Section championship game.
That will change.
Canyon launched an aerial assault that has been rarely seen in the semifinals. The Comanches hit six home runs and powered to a 13-5 victory in Division 1 over fourth-seeded Los Alamitos.
Los Alamitos (27-4-1) had been ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 5 in the nation by ESPN Rise.
Canyon (23-7) will play third-seeded Corona Santiago (27-5) in the Division 1 finals either Friday or Saturday at Col. Bill Barber Park in Irvine.
Canyon scored eight runs in the second inning against freshman pitcher Andie Formby (23-4). She had allowed only three runs in the first three playoff games.
Lauren Young, Kelly Stowe and Taylor Swearingen homered in the big inning, which gave Canyon an 8-1 advantage.
Young, who had four hits, three runs and three RBIs, added a second home run later in the game. She had hit only one home run previously.
Also hitting homers were winning pitcher Cheyanne Tarango (19-7) and Shannon Bustillos, who had a three-run shot in the fifth inning to stretch the lead to 13-3.
ALSO IN DIVISION I
Corona Santiago 4, El Modena 2
Brittany Abacherli hit a two-run single in the first inning, and Michigan-bound catcher Lauren Sweet hit a home run off of Michigan-bound pitcher Haylie Wagner to lead Santiago (27-5) into the finals. It was Sweet's 14th homer and Santiago's 19th consecutive victory.
El Modena (21-8-1) had a brutal run through the playoffs. It scored a 2-1 win over Santa Margarita, which began the season as one of the top teams in the nation; defeated second-seeded Etiwanda (withstood a six-run seventh inning for a 12-11 win); and defeated perennial power Valencia (scored twice in the seventh for a 5-4 victory).
This time, there was no magic. Th Vanguards e scored on a double steal in the third inning, and Sam Mazza had an RBI single in the fourth. It simply wasn't enough against sophomore pitcher Erica Romero, who picked up an insurance run in the seventh when Brenda Lee hit an RBI single.
Camarillo 5, Irvine 3
Trying to reach the championship game for the first time since 1993, Irvine (22-8) took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning when McCrae Cayton tripled, Allison Cukrov singled, and Brooke Madrid hit an RBI double.
However, Camarillo (22-7) advanced to the championship as pinch-hitter Megan Resnik, a freshman, hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning against Cukrov (16-4).
Camarillo will play La Mirada, a 3-1 winner over Oxnard, for the title.
Downey Calvary Chapel 6, Oxford Academy 0
Larissa Petakoff pitched a one-hitter to lift top-seeded Calvary Chapel into the championship game against Perris Citrus Valley.
The only highlight for fourth-seeded Oxford Academy was Cassandra Oregel's single in the fourth inning that broke up the no-hitter.