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Foothill softball roundup: Golden Valley wins again

Posted: May 1, 2014 10:42 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2014 10:42 p.m.
 

This is starting to look like a theme for the Golden Valley Grizzlies.

Trailing by a run in the bottom of the sixth, the Grizzlies scored eight runs to defeat Canyon 9-2 on Thursday afternoon for their second Foothill League victory of the season, and just third league win in program history.

“The comeback win again, it teaches them to keep pushing through the grind,” said Golden Valley head coach Hugo Castillo. “That’s been the message, keep pushing through the grind.”

The Grizzlies (5-13 overall, 2-4 Foothill League) won their first league game of the season on April 21, when Golden Valley rallied from five runs down in the seventh to beat Hart.

“Offensively the girls are making good adjustments,” Castillo said.

Pitcher Raquel Espinoza was strong for the Grizzlies, tossing all seven innings for the win and allowing just three hits while striking out 11.

Brittany Workman started the game for Canyon (11-10, 2-4).

“Their pitching held up and Brittany Workman did a very good job for them,” Castillo said. “She shut us down for the first four innings, she’s held us to no runs.”

In the sixth, Val Goymerac’s two-run home run put the Grizzlies up for good. Jessica Luna and Marissa Felix both picked up RBI singles to make it 5-2 and Espinoza hit a three-run home run to give the Grizzlies an 8-2 lead.

“We’re still not at the level where we can compete with West Ranch or Saugus, but we’re improving as a program,” Castillo said. “I couldn’t do this without (assistant coaches) Tom Escalera and Wilfred Negrete. I have some help and this is absolutely what I needed. These girls obviously are working hard themselves. They’re starting to believe.”

Saugus 15, Valencia 3, five innings.

Saugus hasn’t wasted much time lately when it comes to taking down Foothill League foes.

For the second straight game, Saugus jumped on top to mercy rule its opponent, this time using an eight-run first en route to the victory on Thursday afternoon at Valencia High School.

“We’re hitting the ball really well and continuing to do that every game,” said Saugus head coach Julie Watson-Archer. “And Mariah (Lopez) is doing a good job in the circle.”

Lopez, the Centurions sophomore starting pitcher committed to play for the University of Oklahoma, was stellar in the circle once again.

She picked up the victory with five innings pitched, four hits allowed, 12 strikeouts and three runs, all of which came on a fourth-inning, three-run home run from Valencia’s Dominique Salgado that put the Vikings on the board down 15-3.

“Honestly, she just turned really tight on it and the wind (took it),” Lopez said. “She hit it, but it was just one of those pitches.”

Saugus (16-9 overall, 5-1 Foothill League) added to its early lead with runs in the second and third before opening it up even more in the fourth.

In that fourth inning, Alyssa Rodriguez provided the big hit, a three-run home run to center that scored Lindsay Clare and Kaela Morrow.

Rodriguez was 2-for-4 in the game, while Cassidy Fitzgerald was 4-for-4 with three doubles and two RBIs.

Morrow was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

The victory keeps Saugus one game back of first place West Ranch with four games remaining — the two teams will play on April 22, but first the Centurions will take on Hart on Tuesday.

Valencia (11-14, 3-3) will take on Golden Valley on Tuesday.

West Ranch 4, Hart 2

After two straight Foothill League titles, West Ranch is used to getting everyone’s best effort at this point.

On Thursday afternoon, it was Hart’s turn to try and outduel the Wildcats (18-4 overall, 6-0 Foothill League). And while the Indians came closer than most, scoring twice in the seventh, it wasn’t enough.

“I don’t want to play them and not think they can beat us,” said West Ranch head coach Bob Shults. “Hart’s girls today came out, seventh inning they got a rally going, and they thought at one point they would beat us, too.”

Brandi Burgin earned the victory for West Ranch.

In the seventh, freshman Abby Sweet, who was 2-for-3, scored on an RBI double from Roxy Blanchard to cut the deficit to 4-1.

Blanchard would come around to score to pull within 4-2, but the Hart (7-17, 0-6) rally ended there.

For West Ranch, Julia Lombardi was 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the third inning. Mollie Sorenson was 3-for-4 with a double. Lauren Lindvall was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

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