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Saugus softball claims share of league title

Centurions win first league championship since 2011

Posted: May 15, 2014 9:33 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2014 9:33 p.m.

One win away from a co-Foothill League title, Saugus left little doubt about its chances on Thursday afternoon at Golden Valley High School.

Saugus starting pitcher Mariah Lopez was unhittable, tossing five no-hit innings with eight strikeouts and one walk as the Centurions easily defeated Golden Valley 16-0 to secure their first Foothill League championship since 2011.

“Very exciting,” said Saugus head coach Julie Watson-Archer. “I’m proud of my girls for fighting hard throughout league and capturing one of our goals for the season. We’re playing well right now and just going into playoffs for our second goal trying to win a CIF title. Obviously we would have liked to win outright, but it doesn’t change anything going into playoffs.”

Saugus (20-9, 9-1) jumped on the Grizzlies (5-17, 2-8) early, scoring two in the first and padding the lead in every inning — highlighted by a five-run third and five-run fifth.

Lindsay Clare was 1-for-3 with four RBIs, while Kaela Morrow and Taylor Kister each added two RBIs.

Megan Wohlers, Cayla Kessinger, Alyssa Rodriguez, Emily Anderson and Juliana Overstreet each added an RBI.

“They were excited, again we captured one of our goals by winning the league title,” Watson-Archer said. “We’re happy and celebrating tonight and then we’re focusing on our next goals.”

Despite finishing tied for first, Saugus enters the CIF-Southern Section Division I postseason as the Foothill League’s No. 2 seed by virtue of a coin toss.

The Centurions split the series with West Ranch, losing 2-1 on April 22 and winning 1-0 on May 8.

“We’d like to be the one seed but whenever you get into playoffs, it really doesn’t matter what seed you are in, it’s going to be a hard team anyway,” Watson-Archer said. “We just have to wait to see who we’re playing.”

And one major reason for her confidence lies in the circle with Lopez.

“Mariah can pitch with the best teams out there,” Watson-Archer said. “I have a lot of confidence out there with her on the mound. The team has been playing well together as a whole; we have to focus on one game at a time and continue to play the way we’ve been playing.”


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