High school sports

Pacifica chasing two titles

PACIFICA is chasing baseball and softball league titles as the season winds down (Shutterstock).

In Major League Baseball, the pennant races are just getting started. In West Orange County high school and softball, the stretch run is just about to unwind.

In the Empire League, the baseball crown is almost certainly to be decided in two games between Pacifica (19-2 overall and 7-0 in league) and Cypress (19-8 and 7–0).

Those teams will clash on Tuesday at the Centurion field and Thursday at the Mariners’ diamond.

The Pacifica softball team is also in a battle for a league title. Despite a 3-0 non-league loss to Los Alamitos on Friday, the M’s have a chance – although a long one – to be co-champs of the Empire League.

Cypress (18-2-1 and 8-0) locked up no worse than a tie for the EL crown with Thursday’s 4-3 win over Kennedy. But if Crean Lutheran could knock off the Cents on Tuesday, Pacifica would be in position to tie up the league crown with a win if it could follow that up by defeating Cypress on Tuesday on the M’s home field.

It’s possible: Cypress squeezed by Crean by the score of 9-8 when they played on April 6.

In Sunset Surf baseball, Huntington Beach (18-8, 5-2) locked up at least a tie for the crown with a 4-2 win over Fountain Valley. Edison (13-9, 7-0) is champion of Sunset Wave baseball after blanking Newport Harbor on Friday.

For baseball, the Garden Grove League is a tangle going into the final week, with Loara and Los Amigos at the top, and Bolsa Grande and Santiago still within striking distance. The GGL’s softball chase is also close, with Santiago closely followed by La Quinta and Loara.

In the Golden West League, Katella beat Garden Grove 1-0 and Ocean View defeated Westminster 9-0 to set up two games next week between the Knights and Seahawks for the championship.

Segerstrom (11-14, 8-1) has won the GWL softball title, with Westminster and Ocean View battling for second.

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