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Foothill softball roundup: West Ranch the team to beat

Posted: April 29, 2014 10:26 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2014 10:26 p.m.

West Ranch's Lauren Lindvall (8) hits an RBI double against Valencia at West Ranch High on Tuesday.

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The Valencia Vikings might have been overlooked heading into the Foothill League season, but the two-time defending champion West Ranch Wildcats weren’t going to do any overlooking of their own on Tuesday afternoon at West Ranch High School.

Alone in first place, but with the Vikings one-game behind, the Wildcats defeated Valencia 11-6 to maintain a one-game advantage over Saugus and push the Vikings to third, two games back of first.

West Ranch now sits at 17-4 overall and 5-0 in the Foothill League halfway through league play.

“I told the girls, ‘We’re getting everybody’s A game, everybody steps up,” said West Ranch head coach Bob Shults. “They just want to beat us.”

West Ranch starter Brandi Burgin picked up the win for the Wildcats, who are without fellow pitcher Lexi Sorenson after she was injured last week in a non-softball related incident.

Fortunately for the Wildcats, senior transfer Burgin has stepped in and made an immediate impact for West Ranch this season.

The Wildcats led the entire game, but Valencia was able to hang around, trailing 8-4 in the sixth before West Ranch extended the lead to 11-6 in the seventh.

Jessica Harper hit a home run in the contest for West Ranch and was 3-for-4 on the day. Charlotte Romero matched Harper’s 3-for-4 day, adding a double.

The Wildcats suffered a scary moment midway through, when shortstop Lauren Lindvall suffered a rib injury going after a fly ball.

Shults said he expects her to return for Thursday’s matchup against Hart.

The Vikings (11-13, 3-2) will take on Saugus on Thursday.

 

Canyon 6, Hart 4

Canyon ended its skid on Thursday, defeating Hart to snap a three-game Foothill League losing streak.

The Cowboys (11-9 overall, 2-3 Foothill League) jumped on Hart in the first two innings, taking a 6-0 lead, with starting pitcher Brittany Workman allowing just one run in her four innings of work.

Hart (7-16, 0-5) got back into it in the fifth, scoring three times to close the gap to 6-4 before Canyon’s Nicole Dall pitched two shutout innings to end the game.

“When you lose three in league, any win is a good win,” said Canyon head coach Tim Melton. “I don’t care how it comes. A win is a win. We needed that victory to kind of get us through and into the right direction. We get Golden Valley on Thursday and it’s going to be a tough effort. They’ll be coming after us and they hit us well last time and now we’re going to their place.”

Hart will take on West Ranch on Thursday.

 

Saugus 20, Golden Valley 0, 5 innings

Saugus continues to plow through Foothill League teams not named West Ranch.

On Tuesday afternoon, it was Golden Valley (4-13, 1-4) that felt the wrath of pitcher Mariah Lopez and an explosive Centurions offense.

Lopez was nothing short of dominant in Saugus’ five-inning victory, tossing a complete game while facing 17 batters and allowing just one hit and striking out 10.

Twelve batters reached base for Saugus (15-9, 4-1), which scored in all five innings.

Taylor Kister was 3-for-4 for Saugus with a team-high five RBIs in the contest.

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