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Southern California is well represented in the Women’s College World Series

Shortstop Tiare Jennings of St. Anthony was the Gatorade state player of the year in softball. She's now at Oklahoma.
Shortstop Tiare Jennings of St. Anthony was the Gatorade state player of the year in softball. She’s now starring at Oklahoma.
(Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

Top-seeded Oklahoma is one of six schools in the eight-team bracket at the Women’s College World Series this week with Southland high school graduates on their rosters.

One of the top candidates for freshman of the year is Tiare Jennings of Oklahoma, who starred at Long Beach St. Anthony. She’s hitting .469 with 23 home runs and 72 RBIs. Kinzie Hansen from Norco is hitting .433 with 16 home runs and 45 RBIs. Taylon Snow from Chino Hills has a .343 average.

No. 2-seeded UCLA is coming to Oklahoma armed with the best of the best in Southland graduates. With pitcher Rachel Garcia (Highland) as well as hitters Maya Brady (Oaks Christian) and Kelli Godin (Santa Ana Mater Dei), the Bruins will be showing what California high school softball is all about.

Arizona’s roster is filled with Southland graduates. The leading hitter, with a .439 batting average, is Janelle Meoño from Hacienda Heights Wilson.

UCLA softball star Maya Brady is proud to be Tom Brady’s niece and inherited her family’s fierce competitive edge, which is helping her make a name for herself with the Bruins.

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For Georgia, there’s freshman pitcher Riley Orcutt, from Santa Ana Mater Dei. Senior Raquel Dominguez, from Silverado, is playing for Oklahoma State. And James Madison pitcher Alexis Bermudez is from St. Paul and has a 9-1 record.


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