The Oaks Christian softball team had one of the most dominating seasons in school history, reaching the CIF Southern Section semifinals as the number one overall seed and with a #1 California state ranking and #3 national ranking.
After an unbeaten season, the Lady Lions softball team advanced to the CIF Division 1 semifinals where they fell to Los Alamitos, 4-0, after a valiant effort. Their path to the finals came after they defeated Murietta Mesa 9-0 in a quarterfinal road game May 19. The win was the 31st consecutive victory for the team. Pitching phenom Micaela Kastor, senior, continued to lead the team with her dominating performance with 13 strike outs in the Murietta match up. OCS softball beat Chino Hills 13-30 in second round of playoffs before taking on Murietta.
Though the season finish didn’t go their way, the team can still hold their heads high. Under the guidance of head coach Pete Ackermann, the Lions reached a season-high national ranking of third in the country, along with many weeks sitting at #1 in the California state rankings. In their pursuit of a CIF championship, the team had an astonishing record of 31 wins and just a single loss, scoring 7.7 runs per game. They entered the quarterfinals outscoring their postseason opponents 33-3.
Kastor, a Notre Dame softball commit, led the team in nearly all offensive categories, including batting average, hits and on base percentage. She was also the main pitcher on the team, pitching in 23 games with a 0.38 earned run average.
“This team is the closest-knit team I have ever been on,” Kastor said. “We are all such good friends and no matter if we were at practice, travelling in the vans or playing in a game, we were all having fun. That is something I will carry with me forever.”
That close-knit attitude showed up on the field, as the team averaged nearly eight runs per game, and gave up just 19 runs all season. The team was loose but serious, and incredibly focused on the goals at hand.
As semifinalists, the Lady Lions automatically qualify for CIF Southern California Division 1 regional playoffs.