Orange County’s top softball programs were well represented on Saturday, May 29 with the exit of the ICF Southern Section playoff games, particularly in Division 1.
League champions Huntington Beach (20-4), Pacifica (18-3) and Esperanza (17-3) were placed second, third and fourth, respectively, behind two-time defending champion Norco (24-1) in the first division of the section. .
But an OC school was again conspicuously absent from Division 2.
Edison (10-10), third in third place in the difficult four-team Surf League, applied for an overall entry but was left vacant as Division 2 had no openings in their group of 32 teams as he there were 34 automatic. qualifiers.
Still, in a stinging contrast for the Chargers, Marina – a solid side they edged two games ahead for third place in the Surf League – won one of two overall entries in Division 1, which had 30 automatic qualifications for its Support of 32 teams.
“To me that’s honestly not fair,” said Edison coach Jeremy Barnes, whose team is ranked No.7 in Orange County. “It’s messed up. … Our daughters see it.
In four-team leagues, only the first two teams to finish receive guaranteed playoff spots, one less than five- or six-school leagues. Teams can apply for entry off if their overall record was .500 or better.
Edison was third behind Huntington Beach (7-2) and Los Alamitos (5-4) with a 4-5 league record. Marina did 2-7 in Surf.
“Unfortunately, the CIF-SS playoff rules do not allow three teams in a four-team league (to receive automatic playoff spots),” said Thom Simmons, assistant section commissioner and spokesperson. .
Edison also missed the playoffs in 2019 in a similar fashion. The Chargers, then ranked No.6 in the county, were tied for third in the Surf League, but again, Division 2 was full and unable to accommodate an entry overall.
“Do they deserve to be in Division 2 with a third place?” Absolutely, ”Marina co-coach Dan Hay said of Edison, who beat Los Alamitos twice and Huntington Beach once after a slow start this spring.
“What they have to do (at the Sunset Conference) is go to a direct six- or eight-team league.”
Marina (12-9) and Aliso Niguel (17-10) won the two offshore spots in Division 1.
Marina drew in the first round on Thursday at Pacifica, a team that beat 2-1 in mid-April. The victory showed the strength of the Vikings and the Surf League.
The Wolverines drew in the first round at No.1 Norco, who won Division 1 in 2018 and 2019. The playoffs were called off last spring due to the pandemic.
Aliso Niguel fell into overall status after losing a draw for second place with Dana Hills in the four-team South Coast League. The teams each finished 3-3 in the league and shared their two games.
One of the biggest coin flips happened in the Empire League. Pacifica and Cypress (14-9), both from Division 1, were tied for the league title, but the Mariners won a draw for the league’s No.1 entry into the playoffs and took received the third seed.
Formerly ranked No. 1 nationally Los Alamitos (17-6) open the Division 1 playoffs Thursday at North Hills League champion El Modena (6-19) and could be on a collision course to face Norco in quarter-finals.
The Griffins handed Norco their only loss (8-4) in March.
Other CO schools that performed well were Villa Park (# 2 in Division 2), Whittier Christian (# 1 in Division 3), Rosary (# 2 in Division 4) and Capistrano Valley ( n ° 2 in division 5). .
Rosary placed fifth out of five teams in the tough Trinity League and received the only overall entry in Division 5.