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West Ranch softball makes it a third straight title

West Ranch shares title with Saugus

Posted: May 15, 2014 10:04 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2014 10:04 p.m.

West Ranch's Mollie Sorenson throws to first base as Valencia's Kayla Konrad slides into second at Valencia High on Thursday. The Wildcats won the game 7-1.

With the history of the Santa Clarita Valley’s last softball dynasty hanging from the scoreboard behind them, the West Ranch Wildcats put an exclamation point on their third straight Foothill League title on Thursday at Valencia High School.

The Wildcats secured a co-championship with Saugus, West Ranch’s third straight league title, with a 7-1 victory over Valencia.

The Vikings won 10 straight Foothill League titles from 2001-2010, and their CIF and national title banners hang from the center-field scoreboard that overlooks the field.

“It’s cool to be a part of this program,” said West Ranch senior shortstop Lauren Lindvall. “I’m excited to see what the upcoming years will do. I hope they become like a Valencia with their titles.”

First, though, the Wildcats (21-7 overall, 9-1 Foothill League) have to focus on this season, a season where winning a league title was met with about as much excitement as a preleague defeat.

Brandi Burgin, who entered with one out in the fifth, struck out Erin Andris to end the game and hand West Ranch the league crown.

The players exchanged hugs before leaving the field, collecting their things and departing the area.

“We’re really focused on playoffs now,” said second baseman Mollie Sorenson. “We’ve won league before, this whole team has, but we know the feeling. It’s an honor to be first, but our main focus is playoffs.”

With Saugus easily defeating Golden Valley across town, 16-0, the Wildcats needed the victory to win a share of the title.

The Vikings (14-15, 6-4) tied the score at 1-1 on an RBI groundout from Hannah Cheek in the second inning, but West Ranch pitchers Lexi Sorensen and Burgin shut the Vikings down from there – combining to allow just four hits in seven innings with five strikeouts.

West Ranch opened things up with three-run innings in the fourth and fifth.

Charlotte Romero was 4-for-4 with two runs scored, a double and two RBIs for West Ranch. Keeley Walsh was 3-for-4 and Sorenson was 4-for-5 with a run and RBI.

“This was a primer for us for playoffs,” said Valencia head coach Donna Lee. “We’re going to play a No. 1 team at some point.”

The Vikings enter the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs as the Foothill League’s No. 3 seed, while West Ranch enters as the No. 1 seed over No. 2 seed Saugus by virtue of a coin flip.


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