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Indians open up a big lead early, don’t let West Ranch back in game

Posted: April 15, 2009 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart's Allison Lewis, bottom, slides safely into third base under the throw to West Ranch's Breanna Santiago (9) Tuesday at West Ranch High School. The Indians opened league play with a 5-2 win.

 
Former teammates pitched against each other and families were divided Tuesday as Foothill League softball officially got underway.

Hart’s Destiny Rodino out-dueled West Ranch’s Shayna Medoff, and the Indians capitalized on a four-run first inning to beat the Wildcats 5-2 at West Ranch High.

“You can’t go out and expect anything less than good competition,” Rodino said of the talent in the league.

However, the Rodino-Medoff showdown wasn’t the only element of the contest that captured people’s attention as Bob Shults, in his first year with the Wildcats (10-7, 0-1) coached against his daughter — Hart standout Jessica Shults.

Also, sisters Devon and Janelle Lindvall looked across the field at each other in opposite dugouts.

“It was so much fun,” Devon said. “My sister and I talked a lot at home (about the game).”

And while Devon said there were merely jokes tossed back and forth, Janelle said there was a little trash talking as well.

“It was weird,” Janelle said. “I’ve always played with her, not against her.”

Devon finished the game 1-for-4 with two runs scored, while Janelle was 0-for-1 with one walk and was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning.

It was Hart sophomore second baseman Brenna Carlson that got the Indians (13-2, 1-0) on the board in the first inning with a two-run single that brought home senior shortstop Melissa Brown and senior outfielder Allison Lewis.

A pair of run-scoring singles by Tracy Chandless and Juli Strange made the score 4-0 going into the bottom half of the first inning.

Chandless finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBIs after a seventh-inning bomb to deep left field brought in Devon Lindvall.

“If we turn around and don’t use this game as a stepping stone for the season, it will be disappointing,” said Bob Shults, noting the significance of his young team’s ability to keep the game within striking distance.

After the first inning, Medoff settled in, providing the opportunity for her team to get back into the game.

But Medoff was admittedly a little nervous.

“I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to go because they have seen me all those years,” she said.

Medoff played at Hart through her sophomore season before walking away from high school softball, only to end up at West Ranch.

The senior struck out four, giving up 10 hits and five earned runs in the complete game.

West Ranch got both of its runs in the third inning when junior Madison Vogelsang singled to left field, but the ball skipped by Strange, allowing two runs to come across the plate.

This time, it was Rodino’s turn to find her groove.

The senior left-hander struck out six, scattering four hits over seven innings, while walking two.

“I think she was a little rusty,” said Hart head coach Steve Calendo. “But the last three innings, she really settled in.

Coming into the contest, the Indians had not been in action since March 28 when they played Ayala of Chino Hills.

After the game, both Rodino and Devon Lindvall cited the team’s chemistry the key to their victory.

It is a chemistry that has been building since well before their high school careers began.

“It is weird to think we’ve played with each other all those years and its coming to an end,” Lindvall said. “We want to end on a good note.”

pputignano@the-signal.com

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