With the local high school baseball races about half-way done, surprises have been few and far between. Indeed, the big games all look like they’re coming at the very end of the pennant races.
In the Garden Grove League, La Quinta is on top with a 6-1 mark, ahead of Rancho Alamitos and Garden Grove (5-2) in second place. The lone league loss for the Aztecs was to Rancho Alamitos, and those two teams will clash in the final two games of the regular season, May 11 and 13.
Pacifica is in second place in the Empire League at 3-2, a game behind Cypress. The Centurions are 13-3 overall and are the favorite, but the Mariners (12-5) will get a chance to change all that when they meet their neighboring rivals May 5 and 7.
Another two local teams, Orange and Westminster, are part of the pennant race in the Golden West League.
The Panthers (3-2 in league; 10-4 overall) are in third, a half-game behind Westminster (3-1, 9-2). Both trail Ocean View, which is 5-0 and 9-6.
The Lions and Panthers will have a catfight at the end of the league, with the two teams clashing on May 11 and 13.
In the Orange League, Magnolia (3-2) and Western (1-4) are in third and fifth places.
Softball league play started a bit later, and in the GGL Garden Grove and La Quinta started out 2-0. Pacifica is atop the Empire with a 2-0 mark. The Orange and Golden West League have not yet begun conference action, which awaits the conclusion of spring breaks.