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Foothill softball roundup: Vikes walk off with win

Valencia, West Ranch and Saugus all keep the league battle going with victories

Posted: April 24, 2014 10:40 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 2014 10:40 p.m.
 

The Vikings needed some heroics to get past Hart on Thursday afternoon at Valencia High School, and luckily Britney Ross-Smith was up for the challenge.

Ross-Smith came up with the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh, scoring Emma Stanley and sending the Vikings home with the 6-5 victory.

“Hart played a great game early on. We were a little lackadaisical early on,” said Valencia head coach Donna Lee. “The bottom line is we got the run when we needed to. We’re in a battle now (in league).”

Shoshauni Washburn picked up the victory in the circle for Valencia (11-12 overall, 3-1 Foothill League), tossing the final six innings of the contest and allowing just two runs on four hits with six strikeouts.

The Indians got on the board early, scoring three runs in the first off the Vikings’ Elaine Bunyan.

But Valencia stormed back in the third, with Dominique Salgado’s grand slam giving the Vikings a 5-3 lead after three innings of play.

The victory keeps Valencia in a tie for second place with Saugus, one game behind first-place West Ranch.

Valencia gets its shot at West Ranch on Tuesday, while Hart will take on the Wildcats on Thursday.

Hart’s Lauren Bledy was 2-for-3 with a triple and a single, Sienna Vannoy was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Kylie Norwood went 2-for-4 with two runs.

West Ranch 11, Golden Valley 0

There was no letdown for West Ranch on Thursday after Tuesday’s come-from-behind victory over Saugus.

On Thursday, the Wildcats jumped on the Grizzlies and never looked back, receiving production up and down the lineup.

“Strong performances from Lexi Sorensen and Brandi Burgin,” said West Ranch head coach Bob Shults. “The two pitchers threw pretty well. They threw seven shutout innings.”

Sorensen threw four innings with four strikeouts and three hits allowed. Burgin pitched the final three innings, allowing one hit and striking out seven.

Lauren Lindvall was 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Jessica Harper was 1-for-4 with one run scored and three RBIs. Julia Lombardi was 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run scored, and Keeley Walsh was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Wildcats.

“No letdown,” Shults said. “Everybody was hitting the ball pretty squared up. It was a really productive day.”

Saugus 12, Canyon 1

The Canyon Cowboys softball team had no answers for Saugus pitcher Mariah Lopez on thursday afternoon at the Hart Baseball Complex.

The Centurions, on the other hand, had nothing but solutions to the Canyon pitching staff in a 12-1 victory.

Lopez was dominant, picking up the complete-game win, allowing three hits and one run courtesy of a solo home run in the sixth off the bat of Tiffany Dyson.

“Mariah threw a great game today and the hitting backed her up,” said Saugus head coach Julie Watson-Archer.

The Centurions (14-9 overall, 3-1 Foothill League) were coming off a difficult loss on Tuesday to West Ranch, in which Lopez’s seventh inning error led to defeat.

“I kind of did want to get back on the field again,” Lopez said. “But I wasn’t upset. e had a really good game. We’re pretty confident.”

Thursday night did nothing to break that confidence.

Eight different batters had at least one hit, with Cayla Kessinger, Ty Cueva and Kaela Morrow hitting home runs in the contest.

Saugus jumped on top in the first and scored in every inning, including a three-run second and three-run sixth.

“That’s a really good softball team,” said first-year head coach Tim Melton. “Mariah is an incredible pitcher. She pretty much shut us down the entire game. she just overpowered us.”

Canyon (10-9, 1-3) is back on the field Tuesday against Hart, while Saugus takes on Golden Valley.

Notes: The game was played in honor of former Saugus softball player Lauren Blaire, who was killed by a drunk driver in 1998. Each season, the Centurions play a night Foothill League game at the Hart Baseball Complex in Blaire’s honor.

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