Today at 3:15 p.m., the baseball playoffs begin for Ocean View and Edison and for Huntington Beach in girls’ softball.
At 3:15 p.m. Friday, Ocean View, Edison and Marina see first-round action in the softball playoffs.
All three local teams hit the road today as Ocean View travels to El Toro in a Division II game and Edison plays Long Beach Wilson at Blair Field in Division I baseball action, while Huntington goes north to face Camarillo in a Division I softball clash.
Ocean View won the Golden West League baseball title for the sixth straight year. This time, however, the Seahawks shared the crown with Orange but go into the postseason as the league’s No. 2 team.
The Seahawks, 14-13 overall, take on an El Toro team that is 20-7 and finished second in the Sea View League.
The Chargers are ranked seventh in Division II.
“El Toro is a highly talented team that is well-coached,” Ocean View Coach Shane Borowski said. “We have our work cut out for us. They have a couple of guys that can really pitch, so we need to prepare for a dogfight.”
Ocean View, which won its first CIF title in baseball in 1998 and just three years ago claimed its second section championship, has had a roller coaster of a season.
“We have had many ups and downs this year,” Borowski said. “As a matter of fact, our entire preseason we don’t even consider as part of this season. We even had shirts made up that said ‘Opening Day’ with a date on it that followed all of our pre-season games. The kids agreed that it was best to forget about those games and concentrate on league.
“It helped because we were able to claim a share of our sixth championship in a row. It’s a good feeling but our work is not done. I’d really like to see our kids go deep into the playoffs, so they can experience the joy of winning in such an exciting setting.”
Borowski said his hasn’t decided on who will start on the mound for today’s match-up.