With the regular season approaching its climax, teams are looking to finish strong and put their best forward for the playoff committee that will decide the seedings. Wins and losses take on added importance in many cases. Here are the games to watch for the week of 4/15/19-4/20/19
Granite Bay at Mater Dei, Monday at 5:30 p.m.
One of the best teams from the Sacramento area begins it’s spring break trip to So Cal against one of the best teams in Orange County.
Breakdown: The Monarchs (9-5) look to bounce back from their loss to Foothill, as they play an undefeated Grizzlies (13-0) team that has scored in double digits in every game they’ve played this season.
Aliso Niguel at San Clemente, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
A South Coast League showdown between two top 10 teams.
Breakdown: With the South Coast League all but locked up in the hands of Trabuco Hills, Aliso Niguel (9-5) and San Clemente (7-4) will more than play for second place; they are also playing for a shot at securing home field advantage in the first round of the post-season. The Wolverines won the first matchup against the Tritons, winning 9-8.
San Juan Hills at Los Alamitos, Wednesday at 6 p.m.
A non-league matchup between two team that look to move up in the rankings.
Breakdown: The Stallions (5-6) and the Griffins (7-5) are running neck and neck in the latest coaches poll. Both teams appear to be playoff bound but unlikely to get a playoff home game. Expect this game to played with playoff intensity as both teams look to finish strong and maybe improve their seedings as the season winds down. The players to watch are Lucy Hodge for the Stallions and Riley Deutsch of the Griffins.
San Clemente at Newport Harbor, Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
A battle of two top 10 teams that have hopes of a home playoff game.
Breakdown: The Sailors (6-6) return to the field after two weeks off and hope to have the services of Delaney Knipp, who was out due to a knee injury in the Sailors’ loss to Santa Margarita. This matchup will pit the Tritons’ zone defense against the Sailors’ strong offense.
Santiago at University, Friday at 4 p.m.
A non-league game between two teams that look to improve as a team before the playoff begin.
Breakdown: The Sharks (9-3) have a busy week with games Centennial, St.Margaret’s Roosevelt, Uni. The Trojans (8-4) play Irvine prior to Friday’s game and are coming off of a close 12-11 league loss to Beckman. Similar to the Los Al-San Juan Hills game, both teams are looking to finish strong.
Los Alamitos at Aliso Niguel at 5:30 p.m.
A showdown between two teams that could see each other in the playoffs
Breakdown: The Griffins only have one win from the top 10, a 12-8 win over Beckman. No. 7 Aliso Niguel will be fighting to get a firmer hold on a home playoff game.