Los Angeles Preps: Kern Valley

IRVINE -- When it came to bat in the bottom of the second inning, top-seeded Citrus Valley found itself trailing by two runs in its Southern Section Division 6 championship game.

By the time it came to bat in the third, the Blackhawks were in control.

Citrus Valley scored three runs in the bottom of the second and pitcher Taylor Troost struck out 10 in 4 1/3 innings of relief to give the Blackhawks a 5-2 victory over Lake Isabella Kern Valley at Col. Barber Park.

Troost came on with one out in the top of the third and runners at second and third, then pitched like she owned Deanna Manning Stadium. A popup to second and a strikeout ended the threat by Kern Valley (25-5).

Troost gave up only three hits the rest of the way, two in the fifth inning when she got a double-play to end the inning.

Jessica Yasin, who singled with two out in the seventh, got two of the three hits against Troost.

And if Friday's performance was any indication, Citrus Valley may not be done winning championships. Troost is a freshman. She came on in relief of junior Hayley Jaquess, who had been hit in the hand while batting during the three-run rally in the bottom of the second.

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CIF-SS playoffs: Northeast Division

November, 13, 2011
Defending division champion Bishop received the top seeding Sunday, fulfilling the preseason projections of the CIF-Southern Section poll. Here’s a breakdown of the division:

The seeds: No. 1 Bishop, No. 2 Rio Hondo Prep, No. 3 Boron, No. 4 Salesian.

Best first-round matchup: Kern Valley (8-2) at Saddleback Valley Christian (9-1) -- Both teams will try to run the ball. Valley Christian, which averages more than 300 rushing yards per game, will have the advantage.

Toughest road: No. 3 Boron (7-2) -- The lower bracket appears lethal, with six of the eight teams having at least seven wins to their name. Boron has a chance, but it will be tough.

Potential shocker: Salesian vs. Bishop, semifinal round -- Salesian quarterback Jihad Vercher passes for more than 200 yards per game for an offense that averages 42.8 points. Bishop scores 44.2 on average behind dual-threat signal caller Chance Callahan.

Darkhorse: No. 4 Salesian (8-2) -- The Mustangs put up 78 points in the finale. A team capable of such an output is considered dangerous.

Final analysis: Given the distance between competing schools, long road trips might make for stiff legs and high-scoring games. Teams playing at home will have the advantage, but it will be the defenses that will decide this division.

Championship prediction: Bishop vs. Rio Hondo Prep -- They say defense wins championships and these two have the best units in the bracket. That will go out the window in the title game. Final score: Bishop 42, Rio Hondo Prep 38.

Link to the Northeast Division bracket on CalPreps.com

Inland Empire: Corona Santiago vs. El Modena highlights softball semifinals

May, 30, 2011


Division 1

Corona Santiago at Orange El Modena, Tuesday, 3:15 p.m.

When it comes to entertainment, these teams belong right at the top. Santiago won its quarterfinal game Thursday at Huntington Beach Marina on an eighth-inning solo home run by No. 9 hitter Brenda Lee. The Vanguards survived the second round with a 12-11 victory against second-seeded Etiwanda, throwing out the tying run at the plate to end the game after the runner tried to score from first on ball hit into the gap. El Modena traveled to Valencia the next day and scored twice in the seventh to defeat the Vikings, 5-4. The Vanguards are led by Michigan-bound pitcher Haylie Wagner, who is probably most dangerous with a bat in her hands. El Modena needs to figure out a way to keep Santiago lead-off hitter Lauren Sweet off the bases. The senior catcher is also a threat to hit the ball out of the park, owning 13 home runs for the third-seeded Sharks this season.


Division 3

Chino Hills at Westlake Village Oaks Christian, Tuesday, 3:15 p.m.

These teams met in a quarterfinal last season and Chino Hills walked away with a 5-0 victory behind a four-hitter from sophomore pitcher Nikki Innamorato. Now a year older, Innamorato is sporting an 18-5 record for the fourth-seeded Huskies, who have allowed a total of one run in their three previous playoff victories. Chino Hills features five starters hitting .367 or better, led by junior third baseman Garie Blando (.430). Oaks Christian is the top-seeded team in the division and the Lions have played like it, shutting out their last five opponents. Senior pitcher Kiana Quolas (Coastal Carolina) has been leading the defensive effort, notching 27 consecutive scoreless innings from the circle.


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