District 28-6A softball goes into the final week with all four playoff berths determined.
However, there’s still big business to tend to during the final two games.
Warren (19-4, 15-1) leads the pack with a one-game edge over Holmes (20-3, 14-2). The Warriors can wrap up the title with wins over Marshall and Clark. Holmes plays Clark and Brennan (16-6, 12-4). The Bears defeated Holmes in the final game of the first half. At the time, Holmes was leading the pack, but that 8-7 setback in nine innings, coupled with a 2-1 second-round loss to Warren knocked the Huskies out of the top spot.
Holmes is still in the title chase, but the Huskies would need to win two and get a huge gift from Marshall and Clark against Warren.
In the meantime, Brennan (16-6, 12-4) is in a battle for third place with O’Connor (12-6, 11-5). That spot could be decided when the two teams meet Tuesday. A Brennan win would put the Bears as No. 3. However, an O’Connor victory would tie things up and make for an interesting finale.
While Brennan plays Holmes, O’Connor closes out its regular season against Stevens.
This past week had interesting matchups.
The Warriors began the week with a 3-0 victory over Taft as Annika Litterio tossed a no-hitter while striking out 13 batters. Litterio also delivered an RBI double.
A few days later, the Warriors were in a bind against Brandeis.
Litterio held Brandeis to two hits, but errors and Maria Delgado’s two-run double in the fourth gave the Broncos a 2-0 lead.
Warren, however, came through with three runs in the sixth.
Anissa Arredondo led off with a home run and Austin Germain followed with a single. She moved to second on Cassie Davis’ sacrifice bunt and came home with the tying run on Lauryn Hernandez’s single.
Tori Jimenez then delivered an RBI single to Warren in front.
Litterio, who struck out 10, walked the first two batters in the sixth, but got out of the jam and finished strong in the seventh.
The Huskies gave a power display during wins over Brandeis (8-2) and Marshall (15-6).
Holmes used late heroics to break past Brandeis.
Holmes leaped to a 3-0 lead in the first with Desiree Rojas’ three-run homer. Erykah Guerrero added a solo blast in the fourth, but the Broncos pulled within 4-2 with Carmen Vela’s double.
The longball enabled Holmes to break through the fifth and sixth.
Alyssa Rojas ripped a two-run homer in the fifth and Guerrero unleased a two-run shot in the sixth.
Jalissa Alicea tossed a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts.
The Huskies had another fifth-inning boost. This time, Holmes struck for five runs on errors and walks, along with an RBI double from Alyssa Rojas.
Alyssa Martinez triggered a three-run rally in the sixth with a two-run homer.
Brennan and O’Connor’s bats made plenty of racket this past week.
The Bears were pounding out wins over Clark (14-4) and Stevens (13-0). The Panthers were equally dominant, starting with a 10-0 zapping of Marshall and following with a 17-1 drumming of Clark.
Brennan got much of its offensive pop from Alexia Camacho, Gabriella Torres, Alexandria Torres and Sierra Schottler.
Schottler also shined in the pitching department. She tossed a five-inning four-hitter against Clark and combined with Alexandria Torres for another four-hitter in five innings.
O’Connor’s Jordan Alejandro, Toni Espinoza, Leighann Goode and Gabriella Guzman led the batting show.
Pitching was also solid. Sammie Portillo fired a five-inning one-hitter with seven strikeouts against Marshall. Rebecca O’Connor was equally sharp in the outing with Clark, allowing three hits in five innings.