Chargers Tame Tigers 5-1 in Super Regional Final to Advance to State Tourney
|Magalona pitched Cypress to a berth in the State Tournament.|
Mia Magalona pitched Cypress to its 22nd State Tournament Final with a gutty seven inning performance.
May 15, 2011
- Southern California Cypress Super Regional Bracket - (Downloadable PDF)
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- GM 7 BOX SCORE | CYPRESS 5, RIVERSIDE 1
- GM 6 BOX SCORE | RIVERSIDE 5, CYPRESS 1
- GM 5 BOX SCORE | RIVERSIDE 16, SANTA ANA 4
- GM 4 BOX SCORE | CYPRESS 1, RIVERSIDE 0
- GM 3 BOX SCORE | SANTA ANA 6, ANTELOPE VALLEY 3
- GM 2 BOX SCORE | RIVERSIDE 2, ANTELOPE VALLEY 1
- GM 1 BOX SCORE | CYPRESS 4, SANTA ANA 3
Cypress, Calif. - Cypress College punched its ticket to the 2011 CCCAA Softball State Tournament Finals with a 5-1 victory over Riverside C.C. in the final game of the Southern California Super Regional at Cypress College on Sunday.
After falling to the Tigers (37-9) 5-1 in the first game of the day, the Chargers (39-8) flipped the score in the Super Regional finale with some timely hitting, and a gutsy complete game effort on the mound by sophomore Mia Magalona in her last start at Cypress' home field.
CYPRESS 5, RIVERSIDE 1 (GAME 7)
Jennifer Aanderud and Marilyn Toriz both drove in a pair of runs, while Arren Nunez scored twice, and Jessica Reichner, Audrey Harner and Toriz each scored once. Toriz, Reichner and Olivia Arredondo all went 2 for 3 at the plate.
Magalona (14-1) went the distance and limited Riverside to one run on nine hits to pick up her 14th win of the year. Riverside starting pitcher Chelsea Ponce (17-2) lost for just the second time this season after giving up three runs (all earned) in five innings of work. RCC's Nichole Zink gave up a pair of runs in two innings of relief work out of the pen.
Cypress led off the game at the plate after losing the coin flip before the game, but it turned out to be just what the Chargers needed to get their offense going early. Toriz and Reichner both walked to lead off the game, then Nunez reached on an infield single to load the bases for Cypress with no outs. After a fielder's choice got Toriz out at home, Aanderud hit into another fielder's choice, but Reichner beat the throw home to put the Chargers up 1-0. A bases loaded walk by Natalia Morales pushed Cypress' second run across to give the Chargers a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Riverside was threatening in the second when it loaded the bases, but Magalona got RCC's Kylee Dattillo to ground out to third base and leave three Tigers stranded on the bags. The Tigers stranded two more runners in the third inning, despite their leadoff hitter getting to third with no outs.
The Chargers tacked on another run in the top of the fifth inning to make it a 3-0 game when Nunez scored on a clutch two-out single up the middle by Aanderud.
The Tigers tried to mount another comeback in the fifth inning when Gina Grijalva (3 for 4) doubled to leadoff the inning. That was all the offense Magalona and the Chargers' defense would allow though, as the next three RCC batters went down in order.
Zink came in to pitch for Riverside in the top of the sixth, but wasn't able to stop Cypress's offense either. Toriz stretched the Chargers' lead to 5-0 with an inside the park homerun that scored Harner from second.
Riverside finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Sarah Vasquez doubled in Patti Masner to make it a 5-1 game. That was all the Tigers would get for the game when Magalona slammed the door shut again by getting pinch-hitter Ingrid Williams to ground out to third, before striking out Dattillo to end the inning.
After Grijalva collected her third hit of the game with a single to left, the Tigers went out purring with two outs on fielder's choice plays, and a ground out to Reichner at short to end the game, and send Cypress to its 22nd appearance in the State Tournament finals.
The Chargers will compete in the four-team State Final, Friday May 20 through Sunday May 22 in Bakersfield, Calif. Check back for a State Tournament preview, matchups, game times, ticket information, directions and more.
RIVERSIDE 5, CYPRESS 1 (GAME 6)
Riverside forced a game seven by beating the Chargers 5-1 in the first game of the day behind a strong performance on the mound by Zink who held the Chargers to one run on six hits.
The lone brightspot for Cypress on offense in that game was Harner's solo-homerun over the leftfield fence in the fifth inning. Grijalva went yard for the Tigers in the win.