LIVE FROM CAL STATE FULLERTON
Can you feel it in the air? It’s playoff time! Win or go fishing. I love this time of year. I’m at Cal State Fullerton for the Division 1 wild-card game between Fountain Valley (18-11) and Rosary (17-11). The winner of this game gets second-seeded Pacifica on Thursday in the first round.
Both these teams have proven they can knock off top teams. Rosary took third in the Trinity League and Fountain Valley took fourth in the Sunset League and was the lone county team to get an at-large berth in Division 1.
Fountain Valley’s top players are Monmouth-bound pitcher Cersissa Rivera and UC Santa Barbara-bound shortstop Emily Brucelas. Fountain Valley has the edge in the pitching department.
Rosary has a deeper lineup and can slug it out with pretty much anybody in the county. Rosary’s top players are St. John’s-bound infielder Kaitlin Fitzgerald and Arizona State-bound shortstop Chelsea Gonzales.
Now it’s time for these teams to adapt and survive like Liam Neeson in “The Grey,” which was one of the best films of 2011. Every film Neeson is in is great, especially when he’s kicking butt and he kicks a lot of wolf butt in “The Grey.” But maybe “Taken” is a better Liam Neeson film to refer to on Day 1 of the postseason.
“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you.”