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Wildcats capitalize on errors

Sarmiento’s game-winning run helps West Ranch hang first loss on Knights

Posted: March 13, 2009 1:39 a.m.
Updated: March 13, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
West Ranch softball continued its winnings ways Thursday afternoon against previously undefeated Los Angeles Baptist of North Hills, capitalizing on the Knights’ mistakes in its 3-2 win at West Ranch High.

Wildcat senior left fielder Alyssa Hernandez’s bunt single in the bottom of the sixth inning drove in Brittany Sarmiento from third for the game-winning run.

Sarmiento was called up from junior varsity for the game.

“(Sarmiento) did exactly what I told her to do — wait for the throw (to first base before heading home),” said West Ranch head coach Bob Shults, later elaborating about his young player. “She did a great job. You are going to see a lot more of her.”

Running in place of catcher Janelle Lindvall, Sarmiento advanced to third after a throwing error on Knights second baseman Carly Zabka one at-bat before scoring.

The error was L.A. Baptist’s third of the day.

Wildcats senior pitcher Shayna Medoff then closed the game out in the top of the seventh to earn the complete-game win.

Medoff struck out two, walked four and gave up two earned runs off five hits, remaining a perfect 3-0 on the season.

L.A. Baptist (4-1) was up one after the first inning when left fielder Crista Salas drove in shortstop Jazmin Rodriguez, who had led off the game with a triple.

In the third inning, West Ranch (3-0) responded with two runs of its own.

Center fielder Bryanna De La Torre made it all the way to third after Salas lost a fly ball in the sun.

Two batters later, Lindvall’s sacrifice fly brought De La Torre home.

First baseman Alexandria Gaff scored later in the inning when Madison Vogelsang got caught in a rundown while attempting to steal second.

Vogelsang finished 2-for-3 on the afternoon.

The Wildcats will be in action at 11 a.m. Saturday when they play Agoura in the semifinals of the Hart Tournament.

If West Ranch and Hart win their respective games, they could square off in the finals at 3 p.m.

pputignano@the-signal.com

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