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Valencia has a perfect recovery

Posted: May 5, 2009 9:25 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The first step to recovery for Valencia softball Tuesday was a perfect blowout.

After suffering losses to Saugus and Canyon last week, the Vikings defeated Golden Valley (6-15, 0-7) on the Grizzlies’ home turf 15-0 as freshman pitcher Carly Mortensen tossed a five-inning perfect game, striking out 11 batters.

“Things happen for a reason,” said Valencia head coach Donna Lee. “We hit a bump in the road. We have to turn the page. We can’t worry about all the other teams. We’ve got to beat everybody.”

With three games remaining in Foothill League play, Valencia (21-6, 5-2) still has an opportunity to claim the Foothill League title.

But first things were first Tuesday as the Vikings had to dust themselves off from one of their worst weeks in recent memory.
Eight Valencia batters contributed multi-hit games.

Bethany Kemp and Shannon Fitzgerald each knocked in three runs.

Megan Foglesong was a home run short of the cycle and Lindsey Clark made the most of playing time with a 2-for-3 and one-RBI performance.

Hart 3, Canyon 1 (eight innings)

Upstart Canyon has proven to be one of the toughest teams in the Foothill League.

The Cowboys were tied with CIF-Southern Section Division I’s No. 2 team, Hart, in the eighth inning.

Then Jessica Shults had her say.

The Indians’ senior catcher blasted a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning and Hart (22-3, 6-1) held Canyon (14-11, 4-3) off in the bottom half for the 3-1 victory.

Heather Stiglich also hit a home run for Hart.

Saugus 4, West Ranch 2

Saugus, by virtue of Canyon’s loss Tuesday and a 4-2 victory over West Ranch, remains tied with Valencia for second place in the Foothill League.

The Centurions (12-15, 5-2) actually control their own destiny going into the final three league contests of the season, with matchups against first-place Hart, then Canyon, then Valencia.

West Ranch (11-12, 1-6) had the tying run at the plate in the seventh inning, but a would-be single then an out recorded at home ended the game.

Alexis Tellez was 3-for-3 with two RBIs for Saugus. Jackie Shimamoto was 2-for-2 with an RBI and Karlee Bickford was 2-for-4.

Kimmie Lockhart went 5 2/3 innings and had 11 strikeouts to earn the win.


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