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Championship game previews

05/30/2014, 1:26pm PDT
By Terry Monahan, Special to the U-T

Open Division, Division I, Division II, Division III scouting reports

Aaliyah Jordan runs the bases for Bonita Vista, which is making its fourth straight trip to the finals.

San Diego Section Championships

When: Saturday.

Where: UC San Diego.


(3) Bonita Vista (20-6) vs. (2) Carlsbad (18-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: Making its fourth straight trip to the finals, Bonita Vista, which won the Division II crown in 2012, hit .366 as a team behind Carolyn Wright (.400, 18 RBIs), Lani Graft (.390, 26 RBIs), Alex Vargas (.266, 25 RBIs), Aaliyah Jordan (.491, 21 RBIs) and JoJo Nicolas (.333, 21 RBIs). This is Carlsbad’s third consecutive appearance in the finals, losing the last two Division I tries to Torrey Pines. The last title for the Lancers was in 2003. Catcher Erika Piancastelli is the top threat with a .377 average and a team-leading 30 RBIs.


(4) Ramona (22-8) vs. (1) Cathedral Catholic (28-3)

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Outlook: Ramona nearly stumbled in the semifinals, blowing an 8-2 lead before rallying from an 8-8 tie for a 16-10 win over Otay Ranch to earn its way to the finals with a 14th consecutive win. The Bulldogs edged Cathedral 1-0 behind Kailey Hill’s one-hitter and Jordyn Fick’s RBI. Hill has 49 RBIs. Cathedral Catholic lost last year’s Division III final to Santana 4-2. Pitcher Devyn Magnett keys the Dons’ chances, but the offense can pile up runs behind Sarai Niu (.538, 49 RBIs), Tierra Falo (.405, 29 RBIs), Hannah Gilliland (.490, 25 RBIs), Raven LeClair (.382, 19 RBIs) and Laurel Coito (.394, 16 RBIs).


(3) Mater Dei Catholic (17-11) vs. (10) Valhalla (20-12)

Time: 2 p.m.

Outlook: Mater Dei Catholic, which has just one home run, is led by Alexis Morales (.382), Sophia Herrera (.382), Reyna Jamison (.420) and Eva Gonzales (.353) in search of a fifth consecutive section crown. Mater Dei won the last four Division IV titles. It’s been a decade since Valhalla’s lone title in 2004, but the Norsemen have gotten this far on power with 32 home runs. Carlee Wallace tops the team with 10. She also leads the team with 31 RBIs. Danielle Uy is hitting .451 with 20 RBIs and Miranda Thomas is at .317 with 27 RBIs.


(2) Brawley (17-4) vs. (4) Clairemont (20-8)

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Outlook: Brawley, making its first trip to the finals since losing to Santana in 2008, has plenty of pop on offense with Reece Presley (.448, 29 RBIs), Hannah Rodriguez (.353, 26 RBIs), Jazmine Jones (.449, 22 RBIs) and Klarissa Garcia (.280, 22 RBIs). Clairemont’s last time in the finals was a loss to University City in 2003, but the Chieftains are dangerous at the plate with Amber Huffman (.449, 24 RBIs), Samantha Klem (.483, 22 RBIs) and Kourtney Aimelfoa (.397, 21 RBIs).

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