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Spurts doom Canyon

Westlake has two big innings to beat Cowboys

Posted: March 12, 2009 1:24 a.m.
Updated: March 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
A trend is developing.

For the second game in a row, Canyon softball was plagued by a couple big innings, falling to Westlake 6-0 Wednesday at Canyon High.

Scoreless through the first three innings, the Cowboys gave up three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth as the Warriors built what proved to be an insurmountable lead as senior pitcher Christine Magee settled in.

Magee threw a complete-game shutout, striking out five with two hits and two walks.

She was matched early by Canyon sophomore pitcher Leanne Hill, but her team could not break through at the plate.

“We’re still trying to figure out what kids can do what,” said Canyon head coach Mike Rego. “It doesn’t help when we play perfect defense and have perfect pitching if we can’t make adjustments hitting.”

Hill pitched five innings with two strikeouts, allowing five earned runs off nine hits and a walk before relinquishing the ball to Danielle Sullivan.

Sullivan gave up one earned run off three hits in the sixth, then pitched a perfect seventh inning.

The Warriors got on the board in the fourth inning when center fielder Amanda Collins drove in Melissa Preish on a single to left.

Westlake got two more runs on consecutive base hits from Michelle Moss and Kaitlyn Pippen.

In the fifth, a pair of singles brought in two more runs for the Warriors, including an RBI single from Preish.

Preish finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base to lead her team.

The final run came in the top of the sixth when Caylin Campbell doubled down the left-field line to bring home Courtney Bragg.

“I think for the beginning of the season they are playing really well,” said Westlake head coach Lynn Baum of her team. “We just have to keep it up.”

However, the Cowboys would not go away, driving a couple fly balls deep into the outfield, only to have them be caught.

Sullivan and Jenny Wunderlich recorded Canyon’s only base hits on the day.

Wunderlich also stole second in the sixth, but with two runners in scoring position, the Cowboys popped up three straight to end the inning.

Rego believes that with a few tune-ups, his team could round into form.

“It will all come together,” he said calmly.

pputignano@the-signal.com

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