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Meadows, Yorba Linda enjoying their hot April

STAFF WRITER

Meredith Meadows has become one of the toughest outs in the county.

Last week, the Yorba Linda freshman left fielder walloped three home runs against Esperanza – finishing with six RBI – two days after going 2 for 3 against El Modena.

This month, Meadows is hitting over .530, and she has tallied multiple hits in four straight outings.

“Last week was awesome for her,” Mustangs coach Sharon Farrell said. “And it was pretty good for (the team) too.”

With Meadows swinging one of the better bats in the county and junior Ciara Stapp pitching effective innings in the circle, the Mustangs have reeled off 10 straight wins and find themselves in the thick of the Crestview League race.

“This whole league, anybody can beat anybody,” Farrell added. “For us, it’s always been take it one game at a time. We go in playing our game and see what happens.”

Yorba Linda’s last loss came against Burbank on March 13, dropping the Mustangs’ overall record to 3-4. In its first season competing in the Crestview League, Farrell’s squad responded with its current 10-game streak and finds itself atop the league standings after El Modena upset Canyon last Thursday.

The Mustangs (13-4, 2-0) will host the fifth-ranked Comanches (15-6, 1-1) today with first-place on the line.

“The Empire League was tough with Pacifica, Cypress and Kennedy,” Farrell said. “So we knew this was going to be just as difficult.”

As successful as the Mustangs have been in their relatively short existence, the program has never won a league championship. They finished as high as second place in the Empire League in 2013.

A win against Canyon today would go a long way toward earning Yorba Linda its first league title.

DIABLOS DOMINATING

Alyssa Palomino became state’s all-time home run leader Thursday, belting her 54th and 55th career homers against El Toro in a South Coast League contest.

In that same game, Diablos third baseman Camryn Ybarra – who bats second in the lineup behind Palomino – sent three balls over the fence. Terra McGowan and Bella Loya also hit home runs, giving Mission Viejo seven home runs in the game.

Palomino leads the county with 13 home runs this season. She holds the county record for homers in a season with 18. With five regular-season games to play and playoffs, the Diablos senior can still set some more marks this season.

Contact the writer: kconnolly@ocregister.com


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