Los Angeles Preps: Tyler Alamo

In Orange County baseball action this week, the last of the regular season, the South Coast and Empire leagues are the ones to watch.

Everything should be on the line Thursday when Cypress (23-5, 9-1) plays host to Garden Grove Pacifica (21-5, 9-1). They are tied atop the Empire League standings, and there's plenty riding on the outcome. Led by Tyler Alamo (batting .510), Cypress comes into the game No. 2 in the Southern Section Division 2 rankings with a 1.30 team earned-run average. Pacifica is No. 3.

The Mariners aren't without their own mound threats, including pitchers Max Bethel (9-1, 1.72) and Kyle Davis (6-1, 1.28), who has 26 RBIs.

The loser of the game will slide to the other side of the playoff bracket—to be released on Monday—with Harvard-Westlake, which is the No. 1 team the the Powerade State rankings.

Further south, El Toro (22-6, 7-3) and Tesoro (18-8-1, 7-3) are tied for first place in the South Coast League and they close the season with home and away games against each other. El Toro is ranked No. 7 in the Southern Section Division 1 poll, while Tesoro is a bubble team.

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1. Mater Dei may have beaten Orange Lutheran in the glossy game of the week on the strength of Ty Moore's 1-0 shutout (four hits, six strikeouts, no walks), but two days later the Lancers rebounded with a decisive 8-3 victory. The win Friday reestablished OLu as the class of the Trinity League, and maybe the state. Mater Dei was ranked No. 1 in California and Lutheran No. 4, but the victory behind Brent Wheatley's five-hitter, gave OLu (17-4, 10-1) two of three on the season against the Monarchs (17-5, 9-2). It was a close game apart from the fourth inning, when OLu pushed across eight runs. Cody Nulph scored twice (on bunts) and had a two-run single for the Lancers, who had 10 hits. By the way, the Southern Section poll had OLu ranked No. 1 and Mater Dei No. 2 in Division 1 play.

2. Cypress delivered a stellar baseball victory on Saturday. The Centurions, ranked No. 2 in Division 2, scored a 2-1 victory over Lakewood in the Redondo tournament. Lakewood was ranked No. 5 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports. Neither team used a pitcher more than three innings. Tyler Alamo—who committed last week to Cal State Fullerton—had two of Cypress' five hits, and Kevin Lillicrop, Jake Lyons, Joey Mercado and Isaiah Terrazas combined on a four-hitter.

3. Fullerton Rosary was beaten by North Torrance on Saturday in the finals of the Foothill Roundtable softball tournament. The Royals played three games in 24 hours, and though they fell behind by seven runs, they rallied at the end when coach Tom Tice challenged them to not go down meekly. The final was 7-4. Rosary beat Marina in the semifinals behind Kaitlin Fitzgerald, who had a three-run homer and pulled to within three RBIs of the school record (33).

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