It took until the last game of the season, but the championships of local high school baseball leagues were finally settled Thursday.
The most dramatic showdown came when Pacifica won a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Cypress to grab the Empire League title. Max Bethell’s two-run home run in the top of the seventh gave the Mariners the win.
Kyle Davis sparkled on the mound for the M’s, giving up just two hits and striking out six.
Pacifica finished with an 11-1 record in league, 23-5 overall. Cypress is 10-2 and 24-6.
Rancho Alamitos locked up the Garden Grove League title with an 8-0 win over Los Amigos. The Vaqueros (13-2, 18-7) finished a game ahead of Garden Grove (12-4, 18-7), which finished league play with a 6-5 win over third place La Quinta.
In the Golden West League, Westminster claimed the pennant after a 19-1 win over Santa Ana, finishing 11-4 in league (15-9 overall), ahead of Ocean View (10-5, 13-13). The Seahawks fell into second after a 1-0 loss to third place Segerstrom.
In softball action, Pacifica was upset 1-0 by Cypress in the Empire League finale, although the Mariners finished the season as Empire League champs. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh when the Centurions put together a double, two intentional walks and a single by Ariel Braxton to beat the CIF Division 1 top-ranked team.