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Long rest, big win for Vikings

Posted: March 28, 2008 2:40 a.m.
Updated: May 29, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Valencia High School's Jessica Spigner pitches the ball to Canyon player Amanda Hermann on Thursday at Valencia High. The Vikings defeated Canyon 9-0.

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The Valencia softball team had an eight-day layoff between its last game and Thursday's Foothill League opener against Canyon at home.

So Vikings head coach Donna Lee said she expected it might be a little of a slow start at the plate for the defending league and CIF-Southern Section Division I champs.

It took a couple of innings for the Vikings bats to get going, but they got into a groove and sailed to a 9-0 win.

"Everyone hit the ball well, everyone saw the ball well," Lee said. "It took us a couple innings to break it open but we did."

While the bats took a little time to warm up, there was nothing wrong with Vikings pitcher Jessica Spigner, who had a no hitter until the final frame, when Nicole Johnson led off the seventh with a single up the middle.

"That was my friend," said Spigner with a smile about Johnson. "I kind of left it up the middle and it went back up the middle, so it was good on her part. She's a great hitter."

Johnson was one of four base runners in the game for Canyon (3-10, 0-1). Spigner, who is headed to Tennessee next season as a third baseman, struck out 11 and walked two.

She struck out seven of the first 10 batters she faced in the game.

"We looked at a lot of third strikes, which is uncharacteristic for this team," said Canyon head coach Mike Rego.

The Cowboys did have a runner reach third base twice in the game, but Amanda Hermann was picked off of the hot corner by Vikings catcher Amy Moore. Courtesy runner Taylor Anderson reached third base on a sacrifice bunt by Nicole Hannasch, but Spigner struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam.

The Vikings (13-2, 1-0) on the other hand, got contributions at the plate from just about everyone. Seven different players notched a hit.

They had a runner reach third base in each of the first two innings but could not score. Then Valencia exploded for five runs in the third frame, sending nine hitters to the plate.

Spigner helped herself by netting the first RBI of the game, hitting a single to score Megan Foglesong from second base. Foglesong had a one-out single and stole second base.

The Vikings had five straight singles in the inning and six hits overall in the frame. Lauren Boser's single to center field scored a pair and designated player Annie Dreher also had an RBI single in the inning.

Boser also added a sacrifice fly for an RBI in the fourth inning, where the Vikings tacked on three runs on Cowboys starting pitcher Ashley Johnson, who went the distance on Thursday but picked up the loss. Johnson struck out four and walked a pair.

In the fourth frame, the Vikings sent seven hitters to the plate. They had four singles in addition to Boser's sacrifice fly.

"We have a great hitting team and a great bunting team," Spigner said. "I feel with both put together we do really well."

Spigner was 3-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt and Foglesong was 3-for-4.

In the fifth inning, Lindsay Clark tacked on the final run for Valencia. She reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, took third on a fielder's choice, and scored on a groundout.

"I am very pleased with the way I played today and my team played good defense and we scored runs," Spigner said.

"We got some cushion so I could relax more and we all could relax more. It was a good vibe today."

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