Orange Lutheran, Pacifica win Southern Section Division 1 softball semifinals

The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the Southern Section Division 1 softball playoffs, Orange Lutheran and Garden Grove Pacifica, came through on Saturday to score semifinal victories and will meet next weekend in Irvine to decide the champion.

Pacifica, the defending Division 1 champion, relied on the pitching of Brynne Nally in a 1-0 win over JSerra. Nally struck out eight and gave up three hits. Malia Cuevas drove in the game’s only run in the fifth inning.

Orange Lutheran defeated Murrieta Mesa 13-1, keyed by an eight-run fifth inning. Kai Minor had three hits and two RBIs. Zoelle Gummeson scored three runs and hit a home run. Brianne Weiss threw a two-hitter, striking out 12 while walking one.

The two teams played twice this season on March 1 and March 29. Pacifica won the first game 3-0. Orange Lutheran won the second game 5-1.

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