Jurupa Hills coach Scott Cartzdafner said he was “more than positive” his team would see Citrus Valley in the CIF-SS Division 5 championship game in three weeks.
He said that after his team lost to defending Division 6 champ Citrus Valley 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh to give Citrus Valley the Mountain Valley League title on Thursday. That was two days after Jurupa Hills knocked off Citrus Valley 3-2 on a walk-off two-run homer.
Citrus Valley is ranked No. 1 in the division and a favorite to get back to the CIF-SS title game. But what about Jurupa Hills? The Spartans were ranked fifth entering this week.
A year ago, Citrus Valley won its final 21 games en route to the CIF title. In the final 20 of those games, 2 of the 3 closest games were 3-2 and 4-1 wins over Jurupa Hills. The 4-1 win came in the CIF semifinals. Jurupa Hills might’ve been the second-best team in the division last year, but because the Spartans tied for 2nd in league and went into the playoffs as the No. 3 team, they could end up on the same side of the bracket as Citrus Valley, hence meet in the semifinals.
This year, since Jurupa HIlls is the No. 2 team in the league, the Spartans will be on the opposite half of the bracket from No. 1 Citrus Valley. So they could meet in the finals. But will they?
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In thrilling fashion, Kaiser won the Division 4 softball title 1-0 over Garden Grove in 11 innings when pinch runner Rebecca Garcia raced home on a passed ball with two outs in the bottom of the 11th.
The title is the first softball title for Kaiser.
Alyssa Dilay started the inning with an infield single. Garcia ran for her, went to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a grounder to second. A pitch then got away from catcher Jenavee Peres and Garcia raced home with the game-winner.
It was the longest championship game since Rancho Cucamonga’s Division I, 12-inning win in 2001.
Kaiser is tied with Garden Grove 0-0 through 5 innings at the CIF-SS Division 4 championship game on Friday night.
Each team has only 2 hits, but each has missed opportunities.
Kaiser had 2 on and no outs in the fifth and didn’t score and Garden Grove had 2 on and 2 outs in the top of the fifth and failed to score.
Freshman Taylor Troost entered the game and struck out 10 of the 17 batters she faced, lifting top-seeded Citrus Valley to a 5-2 victory over Kern Valley in the Division 6 championship game at Deanna Manning Stadium on Friday.
Troost ented in the top of the third for Hayley Jaquess, who had been hit in the hand by a pitch in the bottom of the second. She didn’t allow a run, gave up only three hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Kern Valley had taken an early 2-0 lead in the second inning, but Citrus Valley took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the second. Ashlyn Morris’ bases-loaded, two-out, two-run single gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead. They added another run in the third and one in the fifth.
In the Division 6 softball championship game, Citrus Valley holds a 4-2 lead through 3 1/2 innings over Lake Isabella Kern Valley.
Ashlyn Morris’ two-run single scored the go-ahead run in a three-run second inning, giving the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead.
Junior Hayley Jaquess was the starting pitcher, but came out in the top of the third. She had been hit by a pitch while batting in the second inning and that appeared to be a factor why the change was made in favor of Taylor Troost.
Troost came in with runners on second and third with one out in the third, and retired the next two batters. She retired Kern Valley in order in the top of the fourth.
It’s not easy when the playoffs roll around and you haven’t been challenged during league play.
Aquinas softball coach Chris Ybarra won’t use that as an excuse after his team, seeded No. 1 in the division, was knocked out of the Division 4 playoffs with a 7-4 loss at home to San Dimas on Tuesday.
“I won’t say anything bad about the other teams in our league,” he said.
Although San Dimas starter Bethie Celaya wasn’t overpowering, she was likely the best pitcher Aquinas had seen in quite a while. Celaya allowed nine hits and four runs, but also had a stretch in which she retired 9 in a row and 11 of 12. Aquinas scored all of its runs in the first and seventh innings, two apiece.
Aquinas won’t have an easy time replacing senior co-captains Danielle Vega, Chelsea Casas, Ybarra admits. But those who said in years past that Aquinas would struggle after losing certain seniors, were wrong.
“We’ve still got seven starters returning,” Ybarra said. “I expect we’ll challenge for the league title again.”