#TGIBGF. Thank goodness it’s big game Friday. Not quite as many big games as on Thursday but still two league titles and a No. 1 are on the line.
Who: No. 11 Los Alamitos (8-6; 5-1) vs No. 12 Newport Harbor (8-6; 5-0)
Where: Los Alamitos
When: 5:30 PM
What’s at Stake? If Newport Harbor wins, their magic number for an outright Sunset League title becomes 1. If Los Alamitos wins, they move into a tie for first place. Look for the two teams to reverse roles in the polls if the Sailors win.
Background: Both teams are hot. The Griffins are 5-1 over their last six games. That loss was a 9-8 decision to you guessed it, Newport Harbor. The Sailors are a little hotter; they are 6-0 in April.
Who: No. 19 Esperanza (8-3-1; 5-1) vs No. 16 Yorba Linda (12-3; 7-0)
Where: Yorba Linda
When: 6:00 PM
What’s at Stake? One of these two teams will experience some May Madness as the Century League AQ. The Aztecs probably need a win to stay in contention.
Background: This is probably the most underrated rivalry in the OC. Doesn’t really matter what’s at stake, these two teams just enjoy beating one another.
Who: No. Foothill (16-1) vs Torrey Pines (9-6)
Where: Torrey Pines
When: 7:30 PM
What’s at Stake? No. 1 seed in the playoffs. CdM took care of business with the Falcons a few weeks ago. A Foothill loss to the same team could push the Sea Kings past the Knights into the No. 1 spot.
Background: It’s been a down year by Torrey Pines standards. A win against Foothill would go a long way towards redemption.