Orange Lutheran and Los Alamitos will meet on Tuesday in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown that also has mythical national title implications. Mater Dei, meanwhile, goes back up into the top 10 at No. 7 after wins over previous No. 3 Etiwanda and Great Oak of Temecula. Newcomers this week include CIF San Diego Section Open Division champion San Marcos and CIF Central Section D1 champion Buchanan of Clovis.
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(After games of Saturday, May 28)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
*Indicates season complete.
(Paul Muyskens contributed writeups to this post)
1. (1) LUTHERAN (ORANGE) 29-3
To say the Lancers have been hot with the bats is an understatement. Despite Lakewood catcher Montana Dixon hitting a pair of homers off of OLu’s Maddy Dwyer (they’ll be future teammates at Stanford), it wasn’t a problem in last week’s CIF Southern Section Division I quarterfinals since Orange Lutheran won 9-5. In the team’s two previous playoff games, it scored 11 and 12 runs. Mackenzie Boesel and Ciara Briggs led the way at the plate vs. Lakewood with Boesel going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored while Briggs hammered a three-run homer. Noelle Hee also went 2-for-3 with three RBI. OLu also did its part in setting up Tuesday’s monster semifinal vs. state No. 2 Los Alamitos. In last season’s playoffs, the Griffins ended the Lancers’ season with a 7-1 win in the second round. The teams did not get seeded No. 1 and No. 2 in the bracket since the CIFSS put Etiwanda in the No. 1 slot.