Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Orange County: Five things from the weekend
1. You've got to like what JSerra has done this season. The Lions have won two tournaments. Last week they won the Anaheim Lions tournament with a 5-4 victory over El Toro thanks to Clay Williamson's two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning that scored Trent Boras and Austin Hedges. Earlier this season, JSerra won the elite bracket of the Newport Elks tournament.
2. El Dorado defeated Foothill, 6-3, to complete a sweep of the Knights during the week of Century League play. Dylan Moore squeezed home the go-ahead run and a throwing error added two more as the Golden Hawks broke a 2-2 tie. They added a doubleheader victory over Murrieta Valley on Saturday, including a 1-0 victory in which Cameron Yen and PJ Conlon combined for a shutout. Ahead of El Dorado is two games against Esperanza on Wednesday and Friday. The Aztecs have some work to do in league play, but their 8-2 victory Friday over Mission Viejo -- Brad Anderson scored twice and drove in three runs -- showed they might be ready for the challenge.
3. Edison won the Woodbridge Warrior Classic softball tournament behind the play of sophomore Karley Wester, who went nine for 15 and scored eight runs. The Chargers beat Riverside King, 8-2, in the finals on Saturday at Barber Park in Irvine.
4. Shelly Luth, who has always done things the right way as softball coach at Marina, crossed the 400-victory threshold last week with a 9-1 victory over Newport Harbor. Her team kept right on winning, beating Fountain Valley, 2-1, and Carson 6-3. The Vikings have a big-time game today when they play host to Los Alamitos. Marina is ranked No. 9 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, and Los Al is ranked No. 3.
5. With its victories last week, Esperanza will retain the hold it has on No. 1 in the state behind pitcher AC Borden. The Aztecs have been playing with fire; two of their last three victories have been by one run, 7-6 over Anaheim Canyon -- by virtue of Andrea Martin's RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to overcome a six-run deficit -- and then 4-3 over El Dorado. However, they will be one of the favorites in the 25th Michelle Carew Classic at Peralta Park, which runs Wednesday through Saturday. The championship game is 7:30 p.m. It's a tournament so tough, there's no guarantee the Aztecs will be playing the late game Saturday.