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(By Tim Haddock) The College of the Canyons baseball team opens the California Community College Athletic Association playoffs against East Los Angeles College today. (Tuesday April 29). COC is one of four teams in the play-in portion of the Southern California Regional playoffs. The Cougars are the No. 18 seed in the playoffs. East LA is seeded 15th.

COC wrapped up the regular season with a pair of wins over Bakersfield College. The Cougars won the first game, 6-1 on Thursday, and 9-5 on Friday.

COC has a 19-16-1 overall record and is 15-6 in the Western State Conference.

East LA College is 23-13. The two teams played in the first game of the season on Jan. 28. COC won the game, 3-2, at East LA College.

Orange Coast College is the No. 1 seed in the Southern California Regional. Oxnard College is the No. 2 seed.

The Hart and Saugus baseball teams are tied for first place in the Foothill League standings.

The Valencia and West Ranch baseball teams are tied for second place, a game behind Hart and Saugus.

Hart beat Valencia, 3-2, on Friday to stay in first place in the league standings.

Jack Ralston drove in the winning run against Valencia in the seventh inning.

Valencia had its six-game winning streak in the Foothill League snapped. The Indians improved to 7-2 in league. Valencia dropped to 6-3.

The Saugus baseball team shut out Canyon, 7-0, and won its fifth Foothill League game in a row.

Saugus starter Eric Little threw a three-hitter with three strikeouts and two walks.

The Centurions built a 5-0 lead in the first inning and had 11 hits in the game.

Jonah Kapp was 2-for-3 and drove in three runs for Saugus.

Saugus is 7-2 and tied for first place with Hart in the Foothill League. Canyon dropped to 1-8.

The West Ranch baseball team beat Golden Valley, 4-3.

Jake Spurlin hit a home run, doubled and drove in two runs for West Ranch.

The Wildcats are 6-3 in the Foothill League. Golden Valley lost its ninth Foothill League game in a row.

Softball

The College of the Canyons softball team opens the California Community College Athletic Association playoffs against College of the Desert College on Saturday.

COC won the Western State Conference, Blue Division championship for the third year in a row. They are 22-17 overall and 17-4 in conference. The Lady Cougars are the No. 14 seed in the playoffs.

Desert is 34-6 overall and won the Foothill Conference with an undefeated 15-0 record. The Desert softball team is the No. 3 seed in the playoffs.

The Lady Cougars led the Western State Conference with a .361 batting average as a team and collected 383 hits.

Kori Cochran led COC in hitting with a .429 batting average. Catcher Adrianna Correa is hitting .423 heading into playoffs.

The first round of the playoffs is three-game series. All three games are scheduled to be played at College of the Desert in Pam Desert.

The West Ranch softball team shut out Golden Valley, 10-0, and improved to 4-0 in the Foothill League.

Julia Lombardi was 3-for-3 with a double and drove in three runs. Jessica Harper also had three RBIs in the game against Golden Valley.

The Saugus and Valencia softball teams are tied for second place in the Foothill League with 3-1 records.

Saugus beat Canyon, 12-1. The Centurions scored in every inning and were up 4-0 in the second inning.

Valencia beat Hart, 6-5, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Hart led, 5-0, in the fourth inning. Valencia scored five runs in the fifth inning to tie the score.

Canyon and Golden Valley are tied for fourth place in the league standings with 1-3 records.

Hart is in last place at 0-4.

Track and field

The Canyon track and field team won eight events at the 35th annual Rotary Invitational meet at Birmingham High.

Jason Hillquist won the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 00.25 seconds.

Jarrett Davidson won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.97 seconds.

Jeremy Kimmer won the high jump in 6 feet, 0 inches.

Steven Childs won the long jump in 21 feet, 0 inches.

On the girls side, Seanna Nalbandyan won the 400 meters in 1 minute, 2.06 seconds.

Natalie Rodriguez won the 1,600 meters in 5 minutes, 7.40 seconds.

Shalyn Mabritto won the 3,200 meters in 11 minutes, 9.45 seconds.

Raelyn Abbinanti won the pole vault in 10 feet, 0 inches.

Golf

Valencia High graduate Alison Lee won the Pac-12 Individual Women’s Golf Championship by three strokes at the Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvalis, Ore.

Lee, a freshman at UCLA, shot a 5-under 211 in the three-round tournament. Arizona’s Lindsay Weaver was second at 215.

The Bruins entered the final round of the tournament in first place as a team. But they finished in fourth place. Stanford won the team portion of the tournament.

Lee shot a 3-under 69 on the final round of the tournament. She made four birdies. Lee is the fourth player from UCLA to win the Pac 12 individual championship and the fourth freshman in a row to win the Pac 12 title.

Tim Haddock is the sports director at KHTS AM 1220. He writes for the SCV Beacon, the Ventura County Star, the Team USA website and covers auto racing for the K&N website. He can be reached by e-mail at tim@hometownstation.com. Follow him on Twitter @thaddock.