San Marcos pitcher Payton Tidd is 18-1 with a 1.07 ERA.
Where: UC San Diego.
(3) San Marcos (22-4-2) vs. (1) Poway (21-9)
Time: 7 p.m.
Preview: San Marcos brings a 15-game winning streak into the finals behind the pitching of Payton Tidd (18-1, 1.07 ERA) and the offense led by Alexis Orozco (.423, 10 HR, 39 RBIs), Mia Cummings (.393, 2 HR, 16 RBIs) and Kenzie Bolin (.408, 3 HR, 15 RBIs). Poway, the defending Open Division champion, relies on one of the county’s best attacks led by Malia Martinez, who signed with Arizona, and Gabby Callaway, who signed with Alabama.
(4) Calexico (22-8) vs. (1) Escondido (26-8)
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Preview: Calexico scored four runs in the top of the seventh to edge Granite Hills in the semifinals 6-5. Kasey Cazares (12-4, 0.33 ERA, 185 strikeouts, 2 no-hitters) shut out Escondido 1-0 in the second round. The Cougars battled back, shutting out Santana (7-0) and Steele Canyon (6-0) before pulling out a 14-inning 1-0 win over Granite Hills to reach the finals. Escondido’s offense is led by Grace Finn (.395), Kayla Krantz (.392) and Victoria Cervantes (.386).
(5) University City (19-10) vs. (1) Grossmont (22-10)
Time: 2 p.m.
Preview: University City’s offense is led by Sabrina Schnaubelt (.400, 3 HR, 27 RBIs) as well as Erika Silva (.376, 14 RBIs), Leilani Duarte (.348), Alexi Wyckoff (.382, 2 HR, 15 RBIs) and Erin Gillum (.413, 12 RBIs). The Foothillers will be making their first title game appearance since 2011 with a solid offense led by Chloe Camarero and Megan Malwitz, who were both 4-for-4 in an 8-0 win to secure the finals berth. Malwitz drove in three runs.
(1) Christian (13-14) vs. La Jolla (17-13)
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Preview: Behind the hitting of sophomore Silent Rain Espinoza (.562, 37 runs, 45 hits, 15 doubles, 15-for-15 stolen bases) and senior Anna Sherburne (.486, 28 RBI, .944 slugging percentage) the Patriots beat Escondido Charter (4-3), Calipatria (7-1) and these Vikings (6-4) two days ago in the semifinals. Freshman Kyra Ferenczy does it all for La Jolla. On the mound she is 15-8 with a 2.53 ERA and 23 complete games in 24 starts. She also is batting .464 with a team-high 33 runs and 45 hits. Junior Linda Brown has a team-high .500 batting average and 34 RBIs.