High School Sports

Mission Prep opens softball playoffs with win

The Mission Prep softball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Central Section Division 5 playoffs Wednesday with a 9-7 first-round win at Lindsay.

The 10th-seeded Royals (11-6), who have won five of six overall, will next face No. 2 seed Riverdale (23-7), which opened with a bye, at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

“As a coach, it’s rewarding to see a group of players mold into a team and reach their potential,” Mission Prep coach Marshall Ochylski said of the Royals’ late-season surge.

Ally Kersthold was 3 for 4 with two runs scored, two doubles and four RBI for Mission Prep, while teammate Kyra Joseph added a 3-for-5, two-run, two-RBI performance.

Annie Meyers was 2 for 3 with a double, also scoring twice for Mission Prep, while Jenna Dunbar chipped in a double and two RBI.

Amanda Souchek picked up the win, collecting five strikeouts through four innings before Kersthold went the rest of the way to earn the save, striking out a pair of batters.