1. Mater Dei may have beaten Orange Lutheran in the glossy game of the week on the strength of Ty Moore's 1-0 shutout (four hits, six strikeouts, no walks), but two days later the Lancers rebounded with a decisive 8-3 victory. The win Friday reestablished OLu as the class of the Trinity League, and maybe the state. Mater Dei was ranked No. 1 in California and Lutheran No. 4, but the victory behind Brent Wheatley's five-hitter, gave OLu (17-4, 10-1) two of three on the season against the Monarchs (17-5, 9-2). It was a close game apart from the fourth inning, when OLu pushed across eight runs. Cody Nulph scored twice (on bunts) and had a two-run single for the Lancers, who had 10 hits. By the way, the Southern Section poll had OLu ranked No. 1 and Mater Dei No. 2 in Division 1 play.
2. Cypress delivered a stellar baseball victory on Saturday. The Centurions, ranked No. 2 in Division 2, scored a 2-1 victory over Lakewood in the Redondo tournament. Lakewood was ranked No. 5 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports. Neither team used a pitcher more than three innings. Tyler Alamo—who committed last week to Cal State Fullerton—had two of Cypress' five hits, and Kevin Lillicrop, Jake Lyons, Joey Mercado and Isaiah Terrazas combined on a four-hitter.
3. Fullerton Rosary was beaten by North Torrance on Saturday in the finals of the Foothill Roundtable softball tournament. The Royals played three games in 24 hours, and though they fell behind by seven runs, they rallied at the end when coach Tom Tice challenged them to not go down meekly. The final was 7-4. Rosary beat Marina in the semifinals behind Kaitlin Fitzgerald, who had a three-run homer and pulled to within three RBIs of the school record (33).
4. Marina pitcher Tera Blanco is a major reason that the Vikings (16-10) are players in the state softball rankings (listed last week as a bubble team by CalHiSports., but according to Coach Shelly Luth, she's been struggling with a bad back. That helps explain a four-game losing streak and losses in six of the last eight. The Vikes lost once on Friday, to Los Alamitos in a huge Sunset League contest, and twice at the Foothill tournament, where they finished fourth overall.
5. Huntington Beach, No. 5 this week in the Southern Section Division 1 volleyball rankings, won the Sunset League title after losing the first two games of a match against Newport Harbor. The Oilers were led by Adam TenBrink (11 kills) and Matt Butler (42 assists). Four players had nine kills each for Huntington Beach.