Cypress wins Empire League crown

The Cypress High baseball team captured the Empire League title last week. On May 9, Cypress ended its regular season with a 5-2 victory against Valencia to split the two-game series and capture the crown at home.The victory, which snapped a two-game losing skid, allowed Cypress to edge Kennedy by a single game in the Empire League standings. Cypress finished the regular season with a 21-8 overall record and 8-4 mark in league play.The Centurions will now turn their attention to the CIF Division-II playoffs. They will face Irvine High in the first round of the tournament today, May 17 at home. That contest will start at 3:15 p.m.Irvine enters the contest with a 13-14 overall record. It ended in third place in the Pacific Coast League.This marks the first time the squads have faced each other this year. Last year, Cypress made it to the second round of the playoffs before falling to Glendora.Cypress had a chance to clinch the title against Valencia during the first matchup, which unfolded on May 7. However, it lost that contest by the score of 4-3.Kennedy opened its CIF campaign against Norwalk in a wildcard matchup on Tuesday, May 14. It lost that contest by the score of 5-4. Additionally,Pacifica, which took third place in the Empire League, fell to San Juan Hills in a 3-2 contest, which means Cypress is the only team from its league that still alive.

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