Coach Randy Cruz said the Ocean View High softball team doesn’t talk much about the fact that it’s the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Division IV coaches’ poll.
The Seahawks just go out there every game and justify that ranking.
They did it again Friday in a key Golden West League game, when defending league and CIF champion Ocean View got past Segerstrom, 7-2.
Ocean View (18-5, 6-0 in league) is now two games up on Segerstrom in league with four to play.
“They’re playing well,” Cruz said. “At the beginning of the year we were playing in tournaments and against Division I schools, and we had injuries. I told them, ‘It’s all about league.’ Now they’re all healthy. They’re not used to losing.”
Junior Holli Floetker has returned to pitching dominance after a back injury. Top hitters Vanessa Cardoza, a sophomore third baseman, and senior center fielder Brooke Hitchcock have also excelled.
“Our goal is to finish strong in league and get a good seeding in playoffs,” Cruz said.
Marina softball also appears to be doing just that. The Vikings improved to 7-0 in the tough Sunset League with a 13-0 victory over Newport Harbor Tuesday.
Senior Taysia Kaufman threw a one-hitter for the Vikings (21-3), ranked No. 5 in the CIF Southern Section Division I coaches’ poll. Marina, which has won nine games in a row and 16 of 17, plays at Edison (5-2 in league) today.
“The game is all about momentum, and momentum can shift,” Marina Coach Shelly Luth said. “We’re playing good. As much as I say don’t focus on our record, we know we can win, but we have to play to win. You’re not going to win because you’re supposed to win, or because you have a good record.
“You’re going to win because you went out and tried to win the game.”
The Huntington Beach High boys’ volleyball team earned a huge win Tuesday night, knocking off Foothill in five games, 25-19, 25-18, 22-25, 19-25, 15-11.
The Oilers and Knights are now both 8-1 in the Sea View League. Huntington Beach can gain at least a share of the league title if it can win at Woodbridge tonight.
Junior middle blocker Tyler Kulakowski had 16 kills and eight blocks to lead the Oilers (17-7).
Edison was swept by Newport Harbor, 25-16, 29-27, 33-31, on Tuesday as the Sailors clinched the Sunset League title outright.
Torey Darin had 12 kills for the Chargers, who fell to 15-11 and 6-3 in league.
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