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Cents softball gets it from both sides

Posted: April 23, 2008 2:38 a.m.
Updated: June 24, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Saugus catcher Alexis Tellez blocks the plate as Golden Valley's Amber Jensen March collides with her Tuesday.

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The Saugus varsity softball team defeated Golden Valley 8-2 on the Grizzlies home field on Tuesday.

Saugus' defense was a key for the Centurions who are now 4-2 in the Foothill League.

"Our defense really got the job done for us today," said Saugus head coach Julie Watson. "Everyone did their part today and it paid off."

Saugus' Ashley Imperial pitched 4 1/3 innings, struck out one and allowed five hits. Imperial earned her fifth win of the season.

She kept her defense busy as Golden Valley connected on her pitches often.

"I was a little shaky coming out here," Imperial said. "But I knew I could make it through with the defense that I had behind me."

But the offense was just as important.

Saugus finished the game with 20 hits.

The Centurions' offense was ignited in the second inning.

Senior Taccoa Kahovec tripled to drive in a run, followed by Christin Clark whose single brought in another to put Saugus up 2-0.

Clark was 3-for-4 with one RBI in the game, while Kahovec was 3-for-4 with one RBI.

The Centurions took advantage of Golden Valley's defensive errors and by the top of the fifth, Saugus had 5-0 lead.

"We made a lot of mental errors." said Golden Valley head coach Courtney Carr. "We didn't execute on some of the routine plays."

Saugus scored its final three runs off Golden Valley's relief pitcher Kristen Uthe.

Alexis Tellez drove in one run off a line drive single to center.

Tellez was 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Alicia Junker's line drive double to center field brought in a run, followed by Danae Bobbit's single to center which drove in the Centurions final run of the game.

Junker was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, while Bobbit was 2-for-4.

Also big for the Centurions was Ashley Butera, who went 3-for-4.

The Grizzlies were scoreless until the top of the fifth inning.

With loaded bases, Saugus relief pitcher Kelsey Christopherson stepped in and Grizzly Brianna Melero drove in a run with a single.

"We didn't start getting hits until late," Carr said. "We have to come out earlier offensively in order to stay in it."

The Grizzlies are now 11-11 overall and 1-5 in league with its only win being against West Ranch back on April 15.



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