DOWNEY - The Downey Calvary Chapel softball team has seen its season come to an end in the quarterfinal round of the C.I.F. Division VI playoffs.The Lady Grizzlies were defeated 3-2 at home against the Kern Valley Cougars on May 24. The Lady Grizzlies finished with an overall record of 18-8-1 and a league record of 8-0. For their efforts, the Lady Grizzlies were crowned the 2012 Alpha League champions. The Lady Grizzlies finished league play on a strong note with a 4-1 victory against Paraclete on May 8. The Lady Grizzlies defeated the Hesperia Christian Patriots on May 17, 21-1 in the first round of the playoffs. The Lady Grizzlies then defeated the Riverside Christian Cougars on May 22, 16-0 in the second round of the playoffs. After outscoring their first two opponents in the playoffs by a score of 37-1, the Lady Grizzlies appeared to be well on their way to a repeat of their C.I.F. Division VI championship. The Lady Grizzlies then met the Kern Valley Broncos in the quarterfinals. The Cougars brought in a record of 23-4 and held the Lady Grizzlies to only two runs. Kern Valley defeated the Lady Grizzlies 3-2 on May 24 and will host Carpenteria in the semi-final round. As Coach Osburn and his players are disappointed with their finish, the Lady Grizzlies must be pleased with they way they rebounded from a slow start and overcame early season injuries to make the run they did. I am certain the Grizzlies will regroup and make another run at an Alpha League title and a deep run in C.I.F.
********** Published: May 31, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 07