One area league race appears to be all but over, but the battle for pennants elsewhere continue in baseball and softball action in the Garden Grove-Stanton-Westminster area.
In a showdown for the Garden Grove League lead Friday, Garden Grove hammered Santiago 24-10 at the Cavalier diamond, following an 8-0 Argo win on Tuesday.
The win improved Grove to 17-3 overall, and 10-1 in league. Santiago fell to 10-7 overall and 9-3 in league. The two wins by Garden Grove doesn’t lock up the GGL pennant mathematically, but it gives the Argonauts a two-game lead with just four games to go.
Grove jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Cavaliers responded with four of their own. By the top of the six inning the red-and-white had built a 23-5 lead. A five-run rally in the bottom of the sixth reduced the gap somewhat.
Rafeal Ceja of Garden Grove had four hits, four RBIs and a home run. Eddie Carranza drove in five runs and Chris Williams knocked in five runs with two doubles. Williams also started on the mound for the Argos. Beto Vazquez picked up the win in relief.
For Santiago, Matthias Luna had two hits and an RBI, while Julio Reyes drove in three runs with one hit.
In other Garden Grove League action Friday, La Quinta defeated Rancho Alamitos 10-5.
Pacifica stayed in the Empire League baseball race with an 8-5 win over Valencia. The win put the Mariners at 13-9 overall and 5-3 in league, a half-game behind Cypress. The M’s will play the Centurions in two big games this week, visiting Cypress Wednesday, and then hosting the second game on Friday.
Also Friday, Magnolia lost 17-6 to Savanna in Orange League action and Westminster bested Ocean View 6-3 to remain in second in the Golden West League.
Thursday’s softball action saw Pacifica blast Tustin 14-0 to remain in a deadlock for first in the Empire League with Yorba Linda. The Mariners got a no-hitter from pitcher Katya Duval.
Rochelle Draper had two hits including a triple and drove in three runs for Pacifica.
The M’s are now 20-5 overall and 7-1 in the Empire League. The Mariners and Mustangs will clash on May 9 at the Pacifica field in the final league game of the season.
In other softball action Friday, Western lost 8-4 to Valencia in the EL and Magnolia bested Santa Ana Valley 8-3 in the Orange League. Garden Grove League play saw Garden Grove beat La Quinta 12-1 and Rancho beay Los Amigos 18-5.
The Argos and Vaqs are tied for first in the GGL at 4-0, and have two games between them upcoming.