1. Trabuco Hills (21-2, 10-0) got two RBIs from sophomore Sean McCarrell and scored a 5-4 Sea View League victory Friday over San Juan Hills that clinched the Mustangs their first league championship since 1994. Trabuco swept the Stallions because earlier in the week Jake Chutney—who pitched six innings in the 5-4 win—cracked an RBI single in the ninth inning for a 3-2 victory. The Mustangs are going to get a big test on Saturday when they play at El Dorado in the OC Challenge.
2. JSerra won an epic 10-9 Trinity League victory over Mater Dei early in the week when Joey Ponder laid down a two-strike squeeze bunt that scored Parker Johnson. In Act II, Mater Dei salvaged the week with a decisive 12-4 victory over the Lions on Friday in which Jeremy Martinez had five RBIs and scored a run. The win kept the Monarchs atop the Trinity League standings. A loss there would have given JSerra the top spot in the league. Mater Dei, the defending Southern Section Division 1 champion, has four games against Servite and Santa Margarita over the final two weeks of the regular season.
3. Tesoro has won 10 of its last 12 games, including a big win Saturday over Cypress, 6-2. Eric Hutting and Tanner Donnels scored twice apiece, Connor Spencer had two RBIs, and four different pitchers combined for a four-hitter. The Titans began the season 5-10, so their 15-12 overall record won’t get anyone’s attention, though the way they’re playing now probably will. With a 6-4 record in the South Coast League, the Titans come into this week tied with Dana Hills (14-11-1, 6-4) for second place, and two games behind El Toro (20-6, 6-2). Next week they close the season with two games against El Toro, which Tesoro beat 3-2 on April 11.
4. El Dorado (15-10, 4-4) has lost six of its last eight games, including a split last week with Villa Park (15-9, 6-2). The Golden Hawks are tied with Foothill (13-10, 4-4) for fourth place in the seven-team Century League. They play two against El Modena (12-11, 3-5) this week, and close the season with a pair against Anaheim Canyon (10-15, 5-5). One reason to think that El Dorado simply needs to punch its ticket into the playoffs to make some noise is that it has allowed a league-low 60 runs this season—an average of only 2.4 per game. Led by left-hander Kyle Twomey (8-2, 1.27) the team earned-run average is 1.77. Sophomore Chris Rivera (.354) has scored 16 runs and driven in 18, and Trevor Velez (.438) had scored 10 runs and driven in 21.
5. Madison Osias, the pitcher/first baseman for Orange Lutheran (20-4, 6-0), did something Friday against Mater Dei (10-11, 1-4) that only one other person had done in high school girls’ softball. She hit a home run (her seventh) over the center field fence in Thornton Park, where the fence is 300 feet from home plate and eight feet high. The only other person to do it is Mater Dei catcher Amber Freeman, who plays her home games there. Lutheran won the Trinity League game, 4-1.