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Bat-persons head into the playoffs

GARDEN GROVE and La Quinta finished as co-champs of the Garden Grove League and are playoff-bound (OC Tribune photo).

The regular season is over the area high school baseball and softball teams. Champions have been crowned; in several cases, it was co-champions. Pairings for the CIF-SS playoffs will be announced Monday. Meanwhile, here’s a look at how things ended up in leagues races.

BASEBALL

Empire League: Cypress and Valencia concluded as co-champs at 8-2, one game ahead of Tustin (7-3). Pacifica (4-6) finished fourth.

Garden Grove League: La Quinta and Garden Grove (11-4) shared the GGL title, with Rancho Alamitos (10-5) in third. Following them were Santiago, Los Amigos and Bolsa Grande.

Golden West League: In an extremely tight three-way race, Segerstrom (12-3) outpaced Ocean View and Loara (each 11-4). Orange, Santa Ana and Westminster finished out the standings.

Sunset League: This one was a runaway as Huntington Beach – now a national powerhouse – was atop the mountain at 12-3. Edison and Los Alamitos tied for second at 8-7, followed by Marina and Fountain Valley (6-9) and Newport Harbor (4-11).

SOFTBALL

Empire League: Pacifica (10-0) again dominated the league with Cypress and Valencia (both 7-3) in second.

Garden Grove League: Garden Grove (10-0) sailed through the league season unbeaten. Santiago (8-2) finished second followed by La Quinta, Rancho Alamitos, Los Amigos and Bolsa Grande.

Golden West League: Another co-title situation was Loara and Segerstrom each posted 9-1 records. In third was Ocean View (6-4), followed by Santa Ana, Orange, Ocean View and Westminster.

PRO FOOTBALL isn’t that far off.

CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT, here in May, football is already gearing up? The rookies had a three-day minicamp this past week, and on Monday, rookie development programs begin.

In mid-July, training camp for rookies and other first-year players will start. Veterans report no earlier than July 15.

The Los Angeles Rams will open their preseason schedule on Aug. 12, hosting the Dallas Cowboys, and their regular season on Sept. 10 hosting the Indianapolis Colts.

The Los Angeles Chargers (it still seems strange to type that) will start their pre-season on Aug. 13, hosting the Seattle Seahawks at StubHub Center in Carson. They’ll open their regular season schedule on Sept. 11 at the Denver Broncos. Interesting note: the Chargers will play the Rams in an pre-season game on Aug. 26 at the Coliseum.

Monday Morning Coach is written by Pete Zarustica.

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