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Inland Empire: Key first-round softball games

May, 19, 2011
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SOUTHERN SECTION SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS

Division 1

Mater Dei at Riverside Poly, Thursday, 2:30 p.m.

These teams met in a season-opening tournament in Bullhead, Ariz. and Mater Dei won, 10-1. The Bears didn’t finish off the regular season too well either, losing to Corona Santiago, 14-5, to miss out on a share of the Big VIII League title. The playoffs haven't gone well for Mater Dei lately. The Monarchs haven't advanced past the second round since 2005.

Yucaipa at Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos, Thursday, 3;15 p.m.

Los Osos proved it can play with any team in Division 1 by defeating second-seeded Etiwanda, 1-0, in a Baseline League game last week, though the Eagles had already clinched at least a share of the league title and the league’s No. 1 seed for the playoffs. Yucaipa enters the playoffs on a six-game winning streak.

Division 2

Ontario Colony at Moreno Valley Valley View, Thursday, 3:15 p.m.

Colony advanced to the first round with a 7-4 wild-card victory Tuesday against visiting Norwalk. Valley View, the Inland Valley League champion, is led by freshman pitcher Ashley Birnie (8-1, 1.96 ERA).

Division 3

Manhattan Beach Mira Costa at Lake Elsinore Lakeside, Thursday, 3:15 p.m.

Tough draw for Lakeside as Mira Costa tied for the Bay League championship but lost the tiebreaker with co-champ Palos Verdes Peninsula and ended up as the league’s No. 2 seed. Lakeside, the Sunbelt League champion, will count on junior pitcher Jasmine Smithson-Willett (18-6, 1.21).

Division 4

Riverside Patriot at La Quinta, Thursday, 3;15 p.m.

Patriot has no problem scoring runs, as evident by its 16-7 wild-card victory Tuesday against Redlands Arrowhead Christian. The question is, can the Warriors outscore the Blackhawks, who are averaging nearly eight runs a game this season?

Division 5

Temple City at Barstow, Thursday, 3:15 p.m.

This figures to be an offensive showdown between North Dakota-bound senior Jessica Loicano of Temple City and Taylor Purdy and Miranda Peralta of Barstow, all of whom are batting .500 or better this season.

Division 6

Rosamond at Yucca Valley, Thursday, 3:15 p.m.

Yucca Valley junior pitcher Felicia Gonzales (11-6, 2.51) has won her last eight decisions.

Division 7

Trona at Riverside Bethel Christian, Thursday, 3;15 p.m.

Jordan Ward leads Bethel Christian in both hitting and pitching.

Inland Empire: Santiago's win also a boost for King

May, 11, 2011
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The Corona Santiago baseball team might not be in the hunt for the Big VIII League championship this season, but the Sharks had a big hand in helping Riverside King clinch at least a share of the title.

Santiago traveled to Riverside North on Tuesday and scored six runs in the fifth inning, then let right-hander Steven Pallares finish off the Huskies in the 6-2 victory.

North (21-7, 9-4) came into the game tied with King (18-8, 10-3) for first place, but the Wolves now control their own destiny.

Santiago (18-8, 8-5) was led by sophomore Michael Darr with three hits and an RBI. Pallares allowed one earned run on seven hits and struck out 11 in the complete game.

King travels to North on Thursday, where a victory would give the Wolves sole possession of first place and the No. 1 seeding from the league heading into the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs next week.

If the Huskies win, they would be co-champions and the league’s top-seeded team because of their sweep against King this season. North would also make the rare leap from last in the league standings a year ago to first.

Over in the Sunkist League, Fontana Summit defeated Fontana Kaiser, 5-1, to keep its league title hopes alive. The SkyHawks are 9-5 in league play with a game remaining Thursday at Riverside Patriot, which is tied for third at 7-7.

Kaiser fell to 10-4 in league and travels Thursday to Bloomington (7-7) for another regular-season finale. Summit owns the tiebreaker against Kaiser because it won two of three against the Cats this season.

Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon clinched the Sunbelt League title Tuesday with a 2-1 victory against Lake Elsinore Lakeside.

Palm Desert (Desert Valley League) and Redlands (Citrus Belt League) also won Tuesday to lock up the No. 1 seeds from their respective leagues.

Here’s a list of the leagues that have key games on today’s slate.

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