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Softball: Season ends for Marina, Ocean View

Marina High and Ocean View had their CIF Southern Section title hopes come to an end May 22 in second-round losses in the prep softball playoffs.

Marina was tied with host Canyon/Anaheim heading into the bottom of the seventh inning where the 10th-ranked Comanches pushed across the winning run for a 3-2 victory in Division 1 action.

Junior Emili Olague hit a two-run home run in the top of the fourth to put fifth-ranked Marina on top, 2-0.

"We played very good, we just couldn't close it," Marina Coach Shelly Luth said. "Canyon is a very good team who hits hard."

Marina, which won a share of the Sunset League championship, finished 23-7.

"We fell short of our goal, however, the team gave me 100% and they gave their all," Luth said. "That is all a coach can ask for. We didn't make any mistakes and I'm very proud of them.

"As for me, I have another great year, coaching great kids and I feel very, very lucky."

Ocean View was edged, 1-0, by last year's Division 4 runner-up, Santa Monica, in a Division 3 second-round home game. Billi Derleth pitched a complete game for the seventh-ranked Seahawks and allowed seven hits. The junior also had two of Ocean View's three hits.

"We played really well in defeat and had a great chance in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score, but our rally ended with runners on first and third [base]," Ocean View Coach Mike McLaughlan said.

Santa Monica, champion of the Ocean League, has since defeated Heritage and third-ranked Dos Pueblos, both on the road, and will play Ventura for the Division 4 championship Saturday.

Ocean View, which tied for second place in the Golden West League, completed a 20-7 season.

"I'm really proud of our girls this year," McLaughlan said. "We started off a little slow, changing lineups until we found the right one. All the girls knew their role and supported everyone as the season went on.

"We are losing three starting seniors who are going to be hard to replace, but we have a great group of varsity girls returning along with up-and-coming JV players and incoming freshman to carry on the Seahawk softball tradition."

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