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San Marino High softball tops La Cañada to advance to playoffs

Softball: Titans pick up key 7-3 Rio Hondo League road victory against Spartans.

May 11, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • La Canada High catcher Olivia Lam drops down for the tag without the ball at home of San Marino's Lindsay Saldebar, who slid in safe in a Rio Hondo League softball game at La Canada High on Thursday, May 9, 2013. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
La Canada High catcher Olivia Lam drops down for the tag…

LA CAÑADA — After picking up a regular-season finale road victory Friday, the San Marino High softball team boarded its team bus awaiting word as to whether it was, in fact, headed to the playoffs.

The ride back to San Marino proved to be joyful when the Titans found out they would appear in the postseason after a coin flip took place.

PHOTOS: San Marino vs. La Cañada Rio League softball 

San Marino received a home run each from Larissa Phillips and Raquel Edwards to register a 7-3 Rio Hondo League victory against La Cañada, which had won two straight CIF Southern Section Division V championships coming into the season.

"We are just glad to be able to make the playoffs," said San Marino Coach Dimkich, whose team improved to 15-7-1 and 7-5 in league after getting an eight-strikeout performance from University of Arizona-bound pitcher Michelle Floyd. "We are real happy.

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"We made it a complete day by winning the game and getting into the playoffs."

La Cañada (13-14, 7-5) had an opportunity to share the league championship with Temple City (8-4 in league) with a victory against San Marino. However, the chance was squandered, resulting in La Cañada, Monrovia and San Marino all finishing tied for second place.

That led to a coin flip being held about an hour after the conclusion of the contest involving the three second-place squads from the five-team league. Monrovia won the flip to grab the second seeding from the league. San Marino grabbed the third and final automatic bid from the league by beating La Cañada in head-to-head competition (3-0).

The Spartans can't petition for an at-large entry into the Division IV playoffs. According to by-law 3214.1 of the CIF Southern Section blue book: "In all team sports other than basketball, football and wrestling, more than three entries may be permitted to enter the playoffs to fill any byes which exist in the opening round or to create wild card contests. The wild card contests will be for third-place teams that did not fit into the original draw and for fourth-place teams (from leagues with five or six teams) or fifth place teams (from leagues with seven or more teams) that meet wild card criteria (.500 or better over all record)."

La Cañada Coach KC Mathews said the Spartans came up short.

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