O.C. stars outscore Riverside
WALNUT - The Inland Empire dominated the CIF-SS softball championships, winning five of the seven championships, and Orange County had zero titles in 2012.
Needless to say Orange County had something to prove in the ninth Orange County vs. Riverside County All-Star game on Wednesday night at Mt. San Antonio College.
Orange County scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to turn a tight game into a blowout, beating Riverside County, 10-5.
Orange County has beaten Riverside County the past two seasons, but Riverside County still leads the all-time series 4-3-2.
Orange County had a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth before Kellsi Kloss' 2-run single, Cerissa Rivera's RBI ground out and Mandie Perez's two-run double gave them some breathing room.
Whittier Christian's Perez, who is headed to Arizona, also tripled earlier in the game.
Garden Grove's Jasmine Antunez, who has signed with Cal State Fullerton, had an RBI triple and scored on a throwing error to give Orange County a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Orange County never relinquished the lead the rest of the way.
Orange Lutheran's Madison Osias, who has signed with Ole Miss, pitched three scoreless innings to close out the game and seal the victory for Orange County.
Santiago of Corona's Erin Rodriguez, who has signed with Illinois State, had an RBI double and a solo homer to lead Riverside County.