Prep Preview: Torrance @ Ramona

I’m covering the Torrance-Riverside Ramona CIF-Southern Section Division 4 Quarterfinal Round softball game today, Thursday, May 26, 2016, for The Press-Enterprise/(@PEcom_preps) and the Southern California Newspaper Group/(@SoCalNewsGroup).

The first pitch is set for 3:15 p.m. at Riverside (Calif.) Ramona High School.

TorranceLOGOTHE LOW DOWN:
Torrance (23-9 overall, 9-1 Pioneer champions) has scored double digit runs in both of its playoff games, after scoring 10-or-more runs just once in its previous 11. Coach Don Glavich’s team has won three straight since dropping its only league game, 3-2, to North Torrance on May 6. Senior captains Jade Arslanian, Katelyn Chistian and Marissa Moreno, and junior captain Desiree Medina lead a team that went just 6-5 in road games this season.

RamonaLOGORamona (19-8 overall, 14-1 River Valley champions) jumped out to a big lead its second-round game at Fontana Jurupa Hills before holding onto a narrow, 11-9, victory on Tuesday. Coach Laura Shinar’s junior-led team is now riding a six-game winning streak, and returns home to face the D4’s No. 2 seed. Junior SS Linnah Rebolledo (.515, 32 RBI) leads the team with eight HRs this season, 14 for her career, and junior C Alexia Angulo (.306, 20 RBI) has added five HRs and two triples. Junior SP Alex Alvarez (19-7, 1.85 ERA) has 101 Ks and nine shutouts.

THE KEY PLAYERS:
Torrance
— SS/2B Jade Arslanian, Sr. (#1); 3B/P Katelyn Christian, Sr. (#50); 1B Desiree Medina, Jr. (#00); P Marissa Moreno, Sr. (#13); C Sami Pollock, Jr. (#5)

Ramona — P Alex Alvarez, Jr. (#4); 3B Sabrina Angiano, Sr. (#6); C Alexia Angulo, Jr. (#5); RF Alexsis Rebolledo, Sr. (#27); SS Linnah Rebolledo, Jr. (#9)

THE DIFFERENCE:
The home crowd. Expects hundreds of Rams students today to get loud and held do their part to influence the outcome.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Riverside Ramona 7, Torrance 6

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