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Valencia wins its ninth straight softball league crown; Hart shares

Posted: May 14, 2009 10:26 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Saugus' Jenna Kelly (11) reaches for a throw as Valencia's Megan Foglesong slides into third base Thursday at Valencia High. Valencia won 7-2.

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Eventually, one of these years, the Valencia High softball team is going to end up finishing somewhere other than first place in the final Foothill League standings.

Not this year, though.

With a 7-2 home win over Saugus Thursday in their regular season finale, the Vikings, despite a rebuilding year, won a share of a ninth straight Foothill League championship.

Valencia will share the crown for the second year in a row with Hart, though with a head-to-head sweep over the Indians, the Vikings have earned the league’s top seed for playoff positioning as they aim for their third consecutive CIF-Southern Section Division I title.

“We knew how important it was to win our league to get in a good position for the CIF playoffs,” said Vikings catcher Amy Moore. “And we weren’t going to settle for less.”

Saugus (13-16, 6-4) finishes in third place, which gives it an automatic playoff bid.

The Centurions, though, were done in Thursday its own poor defense.

“We had six errors. You can’t do that against teams like Valencia,” said Saugus coach Julie Watson. “Their offense is too good. They are going to capitalize against you.”

Valencia scored its first run in the third inning on an errant throw from Saugus catcher Ashley Butera. The Vikings added another on an RBI single from Moore and a third on a wild pitch by Saugus pitcher Kimmie Lockhart.

Saugus scored its first run in the fifth on an RBI single by Jackie Shimamoto.

Valencia answered with three runs in its half of the frame.

Moore drove in another run with a double, Annie Dreher drove in another on a groundout and Valencia’s Shannon Fitzgerald plated a third run with a two-out run scoring single.

Saugus scored its final run in the sixth on an RBI single by Emi Shimamoto. Caitlin Rooney closed out the Vikings’ total with a double in the bottom half of the inning.

“Every player in our lineup contributes,” said Valencia head coach Donna Lee.


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