By: Derryl Trujillo

Contributing Writer

After Tuesday’s baseball semifinals two softball and one baseball team from the Valley News coverage area earned spots in this weekend’s CIF-SS championship games. Here’s everything you need to know about championship weekend…

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Hemet softball will be making its first championship game appearance since 2013 and reached championship weekend as a No. 9 seed. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Division 4 Softball: No.9 Hemet vs. No. 2 Rosary

Date: June 18 (Friday)

Time: 330pm

Site: Deanna Manning Stadium (Irvine)

Broadcast Partner: Bally Sports (App Only)

If you believe the Division Four softball poll, Hemet was not supposed to be playing on championship weekend and that’s the reason we play games.

Hemet (20-11 overall, Sunbelt No. 2), making its first championship game appearance since 2013, reached championship weekend as a No. 9 seed. Jeff Galloway’s team sports an impressive offense that has averaged 7.3 runs per contest in their last three games, including fourteen in a quarterfinal win against Summit. In their 3-1 victory over Segerstrom last Thursday Hemet recorded nine hits from eight different players with two home runs. Starting pitcher Cassidy Long had the Bulldogs only multiple hit game.

Rosary advanced to finals weekend as an at-large entry from the Trinity League with a 20-11 record but has been among the division’s top seeds all year. Their pitching staff has recorded double digit shutouts while the Royals offense is averaging just over four runs per game in rounds two through four.

Lakeside has reached finals weekend and will be pursuing the school’s first ever softball championship in program history Saturday, June 19. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Division 7 Softball: No.3 Lakeside vs. No. 9 St. Monica Catholic

Date: June 19 (Saturday)

Time: 930am

Site: Deanna Manning Stadium (Irvine)

Broadcast Partner: Bally Sports (App)

A second team from the Raincross Conference in Lakeside (13-6 overall, No. 2 Inland Valley) has reached finals weekend. They will lead off Saturday’s action in Irvine, pursuing the school’s first softball championship in program history. The Lancers have scored at least five runs in all four playoff games and survived an extra inning game (7-6 at Viewpoint in 10 innings) en route to championship weekend.

Lakeside sports an impressive .426 team batting average with forty-four extra base hits. Senior first baseman Kailyn Piscotti leads the offense with a .500 batting average. Sophomore Jayden Galindo will likely get the ball.

St. Monica has fourteen wins on the year and has averaged 12 runs per game in two recorded contests to the CIF-SS bracket. Alyssa Wiseman is hitting .667 in seven games to pace the Mariners.

The Elsinore Tigers were the Inland Valley League co-champions this year and will face La Habra in the CIF Southern Section Division 6 finals. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

Division 6 Baseball: No. 5 Elsinore vs. No.2 La Habra

Date: June 19 (Saturday)

Time: 10am

Site: Cal State Fullerton (Goodwin Field)

Broadcast Partner: Bally Sports (App Only)

First year Elsinore coach, Matt Mosiello, has been in this game before while serving as the skipper at Vista Murrieta. His players weren’t even born the last time Elsinore reached a championship game, which was in 1970. The Tigers (19-5) were Inland Valley League co-champions in 2021 and knocked off No. 1 Aquinas for an opportunity at the title. On their playoff run they have shown an ability to beat teams in both pitcher’s duels (1-0 & 2-1) and slugfests (8-6 & 5-3). They will have an extra day of rest after playing their semifinal on Tuesday while opponent La Habra had to wait until Wednesday morning to play Barstow as a result of excessive heat.

Kyle Thoulion leads the Elsinore offense with a .404 batting average and eight extra base hits. He has also logged the second most innings on the Tiger pitching staff and started in the quarterfinal win over South Pasadena. Tuesday’s starting pitcher Chad Horton has twelve outs left this week on his thirty out limit and after throwing 90 pitches is eligible to throw with a Saturday game.

In three of four playoff games La Habra has scored double digit runs. They are 2-0 against the Ambassador League with wins over Ontario Christian (4-0) and Linfield Christian (11-1). David Shackelford leads the offense with a .372 batting average and fifteen extra base hits. Expect Josh Castillo (10-4) to get the ball for the Highlanders. He sports an impressive 1.56 ERA with one complete game and opponents are hitting .213 against him.

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