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Debut is a hit

Valencia freshman pitcher surrenders a single in win

Posted: May 21, 2009 9:17 p.m.
Updated: May 22, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia's Megan Fogelsang (12) collides with Aurora catcher Samantha Smirk (9) during a game at Valencia High Thursday.

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The Valencia softball team has won nine straight Foothill League titles and back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Division I championships.

Those accomplishments carry some lofty expectations.

Freshman pitcher Carly Mortensen is ready to live up to them.

Mortensen tossed a one-hitter in her postseason debut and Valencia cranked out 14 hits in an 8-0 shutout of Agoura in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs Thursday at Valencia High School.

Mortensen didn’t allow the hit until the seventh inning, when Agoura’s Shannon Kaufman chopped a high ball back to the mound and used her speed to beat it out.

Only two other Chargers reached base, both due to errors.

“I just went out there and pitched my game,” Mortensen said. “If I did what I knew how to do and the defense worked, then it would be OK.”

Valencia’s offense helped out Mortensen by racking up all eight runs by the fourth inning. The Vikings did a good job of recognizing Agoura starter Stephanie Lord’s pitches and hit them all over the park.

“We knew (Lord) was young,” said Valencia head coach Donna Lee. “She throws a lot of outside pitches, off-speed stuff. We worked on it in practice and the girls really executed.”

Valencia’s Lauren Boser singled with one out in the top of the first, and after Madison Shipman drew a walk, Caitlin Rooney plated both runners with a single to give the Vikings (25-6) a 2-0 lead.

Megan Foglesong reached base on a fielder’s choice in the second, advanced to third on a single by Boser and scored on an RBI single by Bethany Kemp.

Valencia doubled its lead in the third. Amy Moore and Annie Dreher hit back-to-back singles to lead off, and Shannon Fitzgerald singled to score Melissa Fundoro, who was running for Moore.

Foglesong followed with a single to score Dreher, and Shipman later drove in Foglesong with a single to give Valencia a 6-0 lead.

“They’re a good softball team,” said Agoura head coach Chase Redmond. “They play good defense, they hit the ball and the pitcher almost had a no-hitter.”

With two outs in the fourth, Dreher and Lindsay Clark hit consecutive singles and Fitzgerald was plunked by Lord, who was then replaced by Agoura reliever Allison Schneider.

Schneider was called for an illegal pitch, which pushed home Valencia courtesy runner Sarah Solano, who had replaced Dreher. Clark came home on an RBI single by Foglesong to cap the scoring.

Agoura never threatened to score because Mortensen was sharp, staying ahead of hitters and allowing her defense to make plays.

 “With an experienced defense, you don’t worry when you make a mistake,” Lee said. “In the playoffs you worry about getting ahead (in the count) and not giving in to the hitter.”

Foglesong was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs to lead Valencia, while Boser was 2-for-3 with a run. Dreher was 2-for-3 with two runs and Fitzgerald was 2-for-2 with an RBI.

The Vikings will take on Poly High School of Riverside in the second round of the playoffs next Tuesday.

jgulino@the-signal.com

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