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The rise of Mordor continues. Even with the disappointing first-round cast-offs of Esperanza and Edison, there are still a plenty Orange County powerhouses reaching for the Ring. Los Alamitos and Pacifica are just two of the top-ranked county teams still fighting for the chance to get to the Division 1 Finals.
CIF-SS Division 1:
Los Osos (Baseline League #2, 17-9) at Kennedy (16-9, Empire League #4)
Speaking of fighting – The Fighting Irish handed Edison a surprising loss in the first-round. Don’t be surprised if the Wild Card team does the same to Los Osos.
Chaparral (Southwestern #2, 21-6) at Los Alamitos (Sunset League champs, 25-3-1)
Ranked at No.4 in the division, the Griffins look poised to march all the way to the Division 1 Finals.
Orange Lutheran (Trinity League champs, 23-6) at Canyon/A (Century League #3, 19-7)
Two O.C. teams that have great pitching. Should be a low scoring thrilla!
Pacifica (Empire League champs, 24-3) at Marina (Sunset League Wild Card,19-6-1)
The Mariners went undefeated in a tough Empire League and they are packed with heavy hitters. But hey, don’t count out Marina, just yet. The Vikings are better than their record, coming in at #3 in the Sunset League is like coming in first in a lot of other leagues.
Etiwanda (Baseline League champs, 23-3) at El Modena (Century League #2, 19-7-1)
The Vanguards put away 2010 Division l champs, Santa Margarita in the first-round. Etiwanda might bring a tougher game, however El Modena is a surprise team that has it’s share of gritty players and an amazing pitcher in Haylie Wagner.
CIF-SS Division 2:
A cruel division with no easy games.
Irvine (PCL champs, 2019-2) at El Toro (SCL, 13-12-1)
Coming in At-Large, the Charges could be a sleeper, going deep into the playoffs. The Lady Vaqueros went undefeated in a tough Pacific Coast League.
Mission Viejo (South Coast League #2, 16-13) at Adolfo Camarillo (Pacific View #1, 22-7)
With the elimination of Tesoro last week, the Diablos may be out to make a statement on who should have won the SCL out right.
Oxnard (Pacific View #2, 20-5) at Dana Hills (Sea View League champs, 18-10)
Both teams scored 10 runs in the first-round. This game could be different, as Oxnard has a killer pitching staff.
Lakewood (Moore #1, 24-8) at Beckman (Pacific Coast #2, 17-12)
Lakewood scored 22-runs in Round 1 and allowed no runs. This will be a challenge for the Patriots who had to go into extra innings against Arlington. Good thing is, the Pats are at home.
CIF-SS Division 4:
So stocked with O.C. teams, I’m unable to mention them all. I’ll cover them in the quarters.
Kaiser (Sunkist #1, 17-10) at Segerstrom (Golden West #1, 14-4)
It’s fun when you get two league winners this early in the playoffs. Ranked No. 2 in the division, Segerstrom is a really good team who are fun to root for.
Buena (Channel #2, 17-10) at La Habra (Freeway League #1, 22-6)
Hate to be so brutally honest, but Buena is a bump in the road for the Highlanders. The League champs are just too good and are gunning for the Division 4 Final.
Ocean View (Golden West League #2, 19-6) at San Dimas (Valle Vista #1, 21-7)
This is going to be a tough game against the title-winning San Dimas team that went 12-0 in the league. But the Seahawks have been quieting critics all season, so cross your fingers!
CIF-SS Division 5:
Savanna (Orange League #1, 22-6) at Azusa (Montview #2, 16-7-1)
On that trip over to Azusa, Savanna should have plenty of time to figure out how to silence the big bats of the Aztecs. Or the Rebels could just sit back and shine up their own big bats. Could be a high scoring parade of hits. This is the game to watch in Division 5!
CIF-SS Division 6:
Winward 22 (9-8), Saddleback Valley Christian 7 (14-5)
The Warriors finished a great season 14-5, second in the San Joaquin League, and nothing to feel ashamed about. Three San Joaquin teams in this division (Capo Valley Chr and Connelly) were eliminated in the first-round.
The CIF-SS Ford Softball Playoffs presented by Farmers is a seven division format, single-elimination tournament. Second-round play continues today. The championships will be held at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine, Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th.