HARD KNOCKS FOR SOFTBALL-A Westlake batter makes contact with a pitch earlier in the season. Below, coach Bob Sisco gives batting tips to La Reina star pitcher Vicky Brown as they prepare for another run at a CIF crown. Eight local teams are represented in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, a tribute to the strength of the sport in the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas.
The Acorn’s softball playoff preview
Royal Highlanders (24-2, 13-1, first-place in Marmonte)