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Saugus softball beats Valencia in league opener

Posted: April 1, 2014 10:45 p.m.
Updated: April 1, 2014 10:45 p.m.
 

The Saugus Centurions were at their best in Tuesday’s Foothill League opener, and there was very little the visiting Valencia Vikings could do about it.

Sophomore pitcher Mariah Lopez allowed just two hits in picking up the complete-game victory in a 12-0 Saugus win.

Offensively, the Centurions jumped on freshman pitcher Shoshauni Washburn, who takes over for the departed Sydney Mundell in the circle.

“I think definitely we took the momentum and sometimes it’s hard for pitchers when teams jump on it early,” said Saugus head coach Julie Watson-Archer. “So I liked how we stared the game off strong.”

Saugus (10-5 overall, 1-0 Foothill League) scored in the bottom of the first on a double from Alyssa Rodriguez to score Lindsay Claire, and added another eight runs in the second to take a commanding 9-0 lead.

“We just hit the ball hard and we did a good job of not doing too much,” Watson-Archer said. “We had a couple home runs but a couple gap balls and whenever we had runners in scoring position we did a good job of hitting them in and capitalizing.”

Valencia (7-7, 0-1) struggled with Lopez, picking up hits in just the first and third innings and going hitless over the final four.

The two teams chose to move their Foothill League opener up from Thursday to Tuesday to participate in the Michelle Carew Tournament this week.

They’ll pick back up with league play after Spring Break, when Saugus travels to Hart on April 17, and Valencia plays at Golden Valley on the same day.

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