La Serna, St. Paul to meet one more time

Because three meetings this season weren’t enough …
The softball teams from La Serna and St. Paul will meet this weekend in the championship game of the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs. La Serna (28-3) advanced with a 4-1 victory over defending champion Righetti, while St. Paul (27-4-1) routed Palos Verdes 10-0.
They’ll meet either Friday or Saturday at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine – CIF hasn’t released the weekend schedule yet – and renew a budding rivalry. The Swordsmen took the first game 2-1 at the Brea Olinda Tournament, but the Lancers have claimed the last two, 8-0 in the semifinals of the Charter Oak Tournament and 2-0 in a nonleague game at York Field.
The title game will be La Serna’s first since 2008, and St. Paul’s last final was in 1997.
In Division 6, Cantwell-Sacred Heart also reached the final with its 5-3 triumph Tuesday over Bell-Jeff. The Cardinals, who won back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006, will face St. Bonaventure in the title game.

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