Los Angeles Preps: Riverside Poly softball team

Inland Empire: Spotlight of softball league races

May, 11, 2011
5/11/11
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Thanks to a timely upset by the Norco softball team Tuesday, the Big VIII League will feature a winner-takes-all game Thursday between Corona Santiago and visiting Riverside Poly.

Poly (16-6, 11-2) had a chance to clinch at least a share of the league title Tuesday at Norco but lost, 1-0. The Sharks (22-5, 11-2) defeated Poly, 5-4, on April 26.

Santiago entered this week ranked No. 5 in Southern Section Division 1 and Poly was No. 8.

Another league-deciding game Thursday in the I.E. is Hesperia Oak Hills (10-1) at Apple Valley (9-2) in a Mojave River League game. If Apple Valley wins, it would be the league’s No. 1 representative heading into next week’s playoffs due to winning two of three against Oak Hills this season.

Here’s a rundown of most other league races.

BASELINE

Etiwanda (11-3) clinched at least a share of the league title and the league's top seeding, but Los Osos (10-4) can still earn share of the championship with a win Thursday against visiting Rancho Cucamonga and an Etiwanda loss at Alta Loma.

CITRUS BELT

Redlands clinched the outright league title with 9-0 victory Tuesday at Fontana.

DE ANZA

Yucca Valley is the outright league champion.

DESERT SKY

Barstow is the outright league champion.

DESERT VALLEY

La Quinta clinched its fifth consecutive league title Tuesday with a 4-1 victory against second-place Indio.

MOUNTAIN PASS

Beaumont is the outright league champion.

MOUNTAIN VALLEY

Citrus Valley is the outright league champion.

SAN ANDREAS

Colton and Cajon are tied at 11-1 heading into final two games today and Friday, but the teams don’t play each other and split their regular-season series. Cajon does have the tougher schedule this week.

SIERRA

Chino Hills is the outright league champion.

SOUTHWESTERN

Vista Murrieta clinched at least a share of the league title and the No. 1 seeding, but Chaparral can still earn a share of the league title with a win Thursday at Murrieta Valley (6-8) and a Vista Murrieta loss against visiting Temecula Valley (6-8).

SUNBELT

Lakeside and Heritage enter their final games Thursday with 12-2 records, but Lakeside owns the tiebreaker over Heritage and can clinch the league’s No. 1 seed with a win at Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon.

SUNKIST

Kaiser is the outright league champion.

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