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Tough to beat combo

Hart’s Rodino shuts out Moorpark and Chandless gets the timely RBI

Posted: May 26, 2009 10:19 p.m.
Updated: May 26, 2009 10:18 p.m.
 
MOORPARK – When playoff softball rolls around, Hart’s combination of pitching and timely hitting is tough to beat.

The Indians demonstrated those tenets again Tuesday afternoon, as Destiny Rodino pitched a two-hitter and Tracy Chandless came through with an RBI single to score the game’s only run in a 1-0 victory over Moorpark in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs at Moorpark High School.

Hart’s Devon Lindvall led off the bottom of the fifth with a single off Moorpark starter Breeanna Holliday, and advanced to second thanks to a sacrifice bunt by Brenna Carlson.

Two batters later, Chandless smacked an RBI single to drive in Lindvall and give the Indians (26-4) the only run they would need.

“It was a nice softball run in a playoff situation,” said Hart head coach Steve Calendo. “(Holliday) is grown up. She threw hard, hit her spots, changed things up and did a very nice job.”

Rodino was up to the task, going the distance in the circle and giving up just two hits with nine strikeouts and no walks.

The defense behind her was also solid, as the Indians didn’t commit a single error.

“I’ve got to rely on my defense,” Rodino said. “They did great today. (Catcher Jessica Shults) called a great game.”

When the Musketeers (16-11) weren’t striking out, they were chopping most pitches foul or down the third-base line, where Hart’s Melissa Brown was waiting to toss them out.

“Destiny’s an outstanding pitcher,” said Moorpark head coach Meaghan Stotts. “We don’t see a lot of lefties. It was different seeing the ball come across the plate.”

Holliday only allowed four hits, and Moorpark has had success this season scoring runs in later innings.

Cheyenne Sandoval hit a one-out single in the seventh, but Rodino got Nicole Quigley to line out to Hart shortstop Emily Henry, who threw out Sandoval at first for a game-ending double play.

The only other base runners for Moorpark came in the fourth, when Tori Flores led off with a single and Sandoval grounded into a fielder’s choice that allowed her to reach first.

“We wanted to try to push some runs across,” Stotts said. “We figure if we can get good pitching then eventually we’re going to score. We’re a late-scoring team and we were trying to hold out a little longer.”

Shults, who hit the game-winning home run for the Indians in their 1-0 victory over Trabuco Hills to open the playoffs, had another good day at the plate. She finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a single.

Rodino doubled in the sixth for Hart’s other hit, but she was left stranded.

Hart will now face Esperanza of Anaheim Thursday in the CIF-Southern Section Division I quarterfinals.

“(The Musketeers) have a very good team,” Rodino said. “That’s why they made it this far. I just had to get grounders and that’s what I did.”

jgulino@the-signal.com

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