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Foothill softball roundup: West Ranch, Saugus both dominant

Posted: May 6, 2014 10:13 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2014 10:13 p.m.
 

West Ranch softball players will be the first to admit they’ve been playing below their potential over the last two weeks.

But on Tuesday, ahead of what will be their biggest game of the season on Thursday against rival Saugus, the Wildcats finally came to life again.

The Wildcats jumped on top of Canyon to the tune of eight first-inning runs en route to a 13-1 victory at Canyon High School.

“We have been in a funk,” said West Ranch second baseman Mollie Sorenson. “The top of our lineup has been a little off lately.”

Things were just fine on Tuesday, though.

Charlotte Romero provided the big hit of the first inning, a three-RBI double. She was 2-for-4 on the day with four RBIs.

Sorenson was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored and Julia Lombardi was 4-for-4 with two RBIs, a double and run scored.

Still pitching in place of the injured Lexi Sorensen, senior transfer Brandi Burgin continued to shine in the circle.

She pitched seven innings for the win, striking out six and walking one.

Paige Johnson provided the only run for Canyon (12-11 overall, 2-5 Foothill League), a solo home run in the second to make the score 8-1.

In the circle, Canyon freshman Jess Goodspeed came in as a reliever and kept the Wildcats off the board for the first time all game, pitching a scoreless seventh.

“She did a really good job of facing a tremendous team and she shut them down in the last inning,” said Canyon head coach Tim Melton.

Canyon will now face Valencia on Tuesday, while West Ranch (19-6, 7-0) prepares for its second showdown with second-place Saugus.

The Wildcats beat Saugus 2-1 on April 22 on an error in the seventh inning, and will be in a great position for its third straight Foothill League title with a second victory over the Centurions.

“Our main focus this year is Saugus,” Sorenson said. “Everyone knows that. You see a totally different game out of us in the big game, but we’re not changing anything.”

Valencia 17, Golden Valley 14

It was quite the day at Valencia High School for fans of offense.

The Vikings led Golden Valley by as much as 14-3 after five innings, but the Grizzlies, who have made a habit this season of coming back from late deficits, made Valencia hold on for dear life down the stretch.

Things were looking good for Valencia early, after a five-run fourth inning stretched the Vikings’ lead to 10-3 with the big hit coming on a three-run home run from Dominique Salgado.

In the fifth, Erin Andris brought home two as the Vikings (12-14, 4-3) extended their lead to 14-3 before things went into overdrive for the Golden Valley offense.

The Grizzlies (5-4, 2-5) scored 11 runs in the sixth inning, with Val Goymerak hitting a three-run home run in the inning and Nicole Morales bringing home three on a triple as the Grizzlies went on to tie the score at 14-14.

Goymerak and Morales both had four RBIs for the Grizzlies, while Jessica Luna was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

But Valencia’s Wendy Cardinali led off the bottom half of the sixth with a solo home run, and catcher Nicole Joseph picked up two RBIs later in the inning to set the final score.

Cardinali was 4-for-4 with the home run and a triple, Emma Stanley was 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs, Salgado was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, Joseph had a home run and three RBIs and Andris had three RBIs.

Saugus 7, Hart 0

Mariah Lopez pitched all seven innings for Saugus, allowing four hits while striking out 13.

Also for Saugus (17-9, 6-1), Cayla Kessinger drove in two runs and hit a home run, Alyssa Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Ryleigh Bermea finished 2-for-3 with a home run.

Hart is now 7-18 overall, 0-7 in league play.

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