End comes too soon

Edison baseball and Marina and Ocean View softball teams suffer heart-breaking losses in CIF quarterfinals.

June 01, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • The Ocean View softball team watches as Dos Pueblos celebrates after winning a CIF quarterfinal game in extra innings.
The Ocean View softball team watches as Dos Pueblos celebrates… (Tracey Roman, HB…)

The 2011 prep baseball and softball seasons came to an end last week for the local teams when three teams were eliminated in quarterfinal-round action.

In the Division 1 baseball playoffs, top-ranked Edison fell, 3-1, Friday at Moore League champion Lakewood. The Chargers scored their run in the top of the sixth when Jake Lesinski delivered two-out single that scored Jon Torres from second to trim Lakewood's lead to 2-1.

The Lancers (29-4-1) scored two runs in the third and once in the bottom of the sixth off senior Henry Owens (12-1), who suffered his first loss.

"We had our chances to get back in the game but just couldn't get there," Edison Coach Steve Lambright said. "They (Lakewood) are a good team and it's a tough place to play on the road."

Edison, which played two of its three playoff games on the road, finished the year 25-4. The 25 victories tied the program's all-time mark for wins in a single-season, set by the 1981 team that won a CIF title.


"One game doesn't define a season," Lambright said of Friday's loss. "This team had an excellent season. They won the Loara Tournament for the first time in program history. They are three-peat champions of the Sunset League and tied the record for wins in a season.

"What was great about this team just wasn't their athleticism but more importantly their character. They have nothing to hang their heads about. They are champions."


Marina's march in the Division 1 softball playoffs came to an end May 26 in a 4-3 loss to visiting Santiago of Corona. The Sharks, 26-5 and champions of the Big VIII League, scored the winning run in the top of the eighth on a solo home run by Brenda Lee

Lee, who plays third base, also put the finishing touch on her team's come-from-behind win with a grab of a "screaming line drive" by Marina senior Jamie Sullivan, Marina Coach Shelly Luth said.

Santiago went on to defeat El Modena on Tuesday and will battle Canyon of Anaheim on Saturday for the division title.

Kristen Struett had an RBI single, lead-off hitter Sandy Simmons went three for three and pitcher Tera Blanco ended a successful freshman year at 18-7 for the Vikings, who tied for second place in the Sunset League and ended their year 21-7-1.

Marina advanced to the quarterfinal round for the first time in four years.

"I am very, very proud of this team," said Luth, who during the season surpassed the 400-win mark as a head coach. "We stepped up and played as a team. It was ours to win.

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