Los Angeles Preps: Lauren Young

Softball season ends tonight with the Southern Section's marquee game pitting third-seeded Corona Santiago, which is ranked No. 10 in the ESPN Rise national rankings, against Anaheim Canyon, a third-place team from the Century League that is ranked No. 27 nationally.

It's the last of four games scheduled for today. It brings together a program that is used to getting to the finals, Santiago -- which is playing for the title for the fourth time in eight years -- against a program that is in the championship for the first time.

The way the ball flew out of the park on Friday in the first three games of the weekend, it would be a huge surprise if several aren't hit Saturday: Canyon hit six in the semifinals against Los Alamitos, and Santiago's Lauren Sweet has 14 on the season.

Games are at Barber Park in Irvine.

Here is a look at today's schedule:

Division 1: Anaheim Canyon (23-7) vs. Corona Santiago (27-5), 6 p.m.

Tennessee-bound right-hander Cheyanne Tarango (23-7, 2.38) has had her ups and downs, but she's been good in the playoffs and may provide the edge in experience over Santiago sophomore Erica Romero (15-3, 1.39). Of course, this is unlikely to be a pitchers' duel. Santiago has 10 players who have homered, seven who who have homered at least twice, and five who have at least 20 RBIs. In addition to Sweet (.482, 43 runs, 46 RBIs), Santiago's lineup boasts Randel Leahy (.315, 24 runs, 22 RBIs, 8 HR), Erin Rodriguez (.342, 23 runs, 20 RBIs, 4 HR), Danielle Hernandez (.359, 20 runs, 31 RBIs, 4 HR) and Yvon Minogue (.422, 35 runs, 24 RBIs, 4 HR). Canyon has to like its chances after the way it beat Los Alamitos in the semifinals. Junior shortstop Lauren Young (.462, 27 runs, 36 RBIs), an Arizona commit, is complemented by Kelly Stowe (.381, 26 runs, 28 RBIs), Shannon Bustillos (.439, 11 runs, 24 RBIs) and Taylor Swearingen (.386, 19 runs, 26 RBIs).

Division 2: No. 4 Camarillo (25-7) vs. La Mirada (21-11), 3:30 p.m.

It has been 15 years since Camarillo played for a championship, and the Scorpions are trying to win for the first time since 1991. They are led by Bianca Noriega (.420, 22 runs, 27 RBIs) and Kristie Dederick (.392, 27 runs, 27 RBIs), and the leadoff tandem of Hayley Chamberlain (.396, 28 runs) and Jenna King (.384, 25 runs). Sarah Shadinger (18-5, 1.44 ERA) has 217 strikeouts in 141 innings. La Mirada finished third in the Suburban League. The Matadores, in the finals for the fifth time, haven't won since 1991. They've been getting it done in the playoffs with pitching; their last thee victories have come despite scoring only three runs. Rochelle Sablay (.451, 23 runs, 25 RBIs) and Courtney Skogen (.345, 21 runs, 24 RBIs) anchor the offense.

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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.

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