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Capistrano Valley’s incredible postseason run in softball ended Friday at one game in the CIF Southern California Regional Finals.
San Diego Section’s El Capitan struck late in the Division II semifinals and left Capistrano Valley High with a 5-1 victory to reach Saturday’s championship game in Santiago de Corona.
No. 3 seed El Capitan (26-5) scored twice in the fourth and fifth innings and added a run in the sixth to snap a nine-game winning streak by the No. 2 Cougars (26- 7).
Capistrano Valley qualified for the Regional Qualifiers after beating Santiago in the Division 3 Finals for their first CIF-SS title. The Cougars beat Foothill 5-1 Tuesday in the first round of regionals.
Capistrano Valley opened up a 1-0 lead in the third on a sacrifice fly by second-year receiver Micayla Turi, which led Olivia Gomez. The second-year central defender reached the double.
Junior shortstop Quinn Southerland paced the Cougars offense with two hits.
Capistrano Valley junior Madi McDonnell allowed four runs in five innings in the circle before being replaced by second Michelle Perez.
Junior pitcher Shelby Vars went the distance for El Capitan.
The Vaqueros, an open division team from San Diego, reached the semifinals after Kennedy lost the teams’ first-round game on Tuesday after learning that four of his seniors were ineligible to play in the game. OC stars.
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