Los Angeles Preps: Chino Don Lugo

IRVINE -- When they played earlier this season for the Mt. Baldy League title, Chino swept Chino Don Lugo.

When they played Saturday for the Southern Section Division 2 championship, Chino dusted the Conquistadores again, scoring a 10-6 victory at Barber Park.

Chino pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of five errors by Don Lugo. Chino scored two runs in the second, three in the third, four in the fourth, and one in the fifth.

Pitcher Miranda Viramontes, who hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning, allowed three hits and struck out nine, but she also walked six and hit two. The worst of it was in the bottom of the sixth when she walked four and hit two, then gave up Kailey Pazzolo's two-run single to cap a five-run inning. It was the only hit of the inning, but by that time, Viramontes had been staked to a 10-1 lead.

"I lost my focus a little bit," said Viramontes (20-4), a sophomore.

It's the first championship for Chino (25-9), which reached the finals only once before, 1985. It's the third loss in a championship for Don Lugo (23-6), having suffered setbacks in 1978 and 1990.

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Inland Empire: Quick look at the softball playoffs

May, 16, 2011

Seeded I.E. teams:

Div. 1 – No. 2 Etiwanda, No. 3 Corona Santiago.

Div. 2 – No. 1 Chino Don Lugo, No. 3 Chino.

Div. 3 – No. 4 Chino Hills.

Div. 4 – No. 1 San Bernardino Aquinas.

Div. 5 – No. 2 Beaumont.

Div. 6 – No. 3 Citrus Valley.

Div. 7 – None.

Best wild-card games Tuesday:

Div. 1 – Corona at Temecula Great Oak. Corona finished fifth in the Big VIII League and should match up well against Great Oak, who beat the Panthers, 3-1, on March 14. The Wolfpack won their final four games to solidify the third place in the Southwestern League. Sophomore pitcher Hannah Dewey is 16-6 with a 2.87 ERA, including a seven-hitter in the victory against Corona.

Div. 2 – San Bernardino at Ontario. Sabrina Garcia will likely get the start in the pitcher’s circle for San Bernardino. She’s 12-7 with a 2.44 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 132 innings. Garcia is also hitting a team-high .343 with 14 RBIs.

Div. 3 – Redondo at Romoland Heritage. The Patriots reached the Division 5 semifinals two seasons ago and senior pitcher Bethany Slick remains their ace. Redondo enters the playoffs on a three-game losing streak but the Sea Hawks come from a very competitive league.

Div. 4 – Palm Springs at Phelan Serrano. Palm Springs pitcher Nicole Clements is 13-9 with a 1.63 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 142 innings. She’s also batting a team-high .535 with two home runs and 23 RBIs. Serrano won the Hemet Tahquitz tournament last month, knocking off Palm Desert in the championship game, 10-0.

Div. 5 – Montebello at Victorville Silverado. The Hawks enter the playoffs on a four-game losing streak with cost them a chance at the Desert Sky League. Silverado will likely continue to lean on the pitching arm of Alexis Conant, who is 10-5 with a 4.17 ERA.

Div. 6 – Twentynine Palms at Mojave. Julia Cullinan, a sophomore at Mojave, was second in the Southern Section with a .705 batting average. She also hit 10 home runs and was the team’s top pitcher with a 7-4 record. Twentynine Palms enters the playoffs riding a six-game winning streak.

Div. 7 – La Verne Calvary Baptist at Wildomar California Lutheran. Miranda Romero of California Lutheran batted .603 with nine home runs during the regular season.

Check back Wednesday for a preview of the top first-round games.