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Foothill League softball: Cents speed up the game

Saugus gets more aggressive on the base paths to win big over Canyon

Posted: April 26, 2010 10:00 p.m.
Updated: April 27, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Saugus softball asserted its will in a 9-2 victory over Canyon on Monday at Saugus High School.

It was a makeup game for a rainout last Tuesday.

The Centurions’ up-tempo attack challenged the Cowboys, with many runs being driven in by way of well-calculated sacrifices and fearless base running.

“If there is an open bag we intend to take it,” said Saugus head coach Julie Watson. “It’s nice to see our offense finally playing out like we expected it to.”

Spearheading the attack were shortstop Karlee Bickford and outfielder Christin Clark, who combined to drive in six of Saugus’s nine runs.

Unfortunately for Canyon, errors and lapses in communication contributed to its opponent’s success.

“One hit would lead to another, then another big play would happen for them,” said Canyon head coach Dwain Whalen. “It is clear to anyone who has been following us all year that this was not the best game we have played thus far.”

Early in the fourth inning, with the score tied at one, the Cowboys twice caught a Saugus base runner in a rundown but failed to cover third.

Saugus (14-9, 2-2) capitalized by scoring four runs in the inning and breaking the game open.

The stellar pitching of Cassie Herrera complemented the Centurions’ big bats.

After giving up a run in the first inning, Herrera settled down, striking out six batters and allowing just one more run for the remainder of the game.

“It almost helped that they gave me trouble in the first inning,” said Herrera, who picked up her fourth victory of the year. “It allowed me to see what they expected me to throw, and I was able to game plan off of that.”

Canyon (10-11, 1-3) has fallen victim to a number of bad breaks this year, dropping a close game to Hart earlier this season and falling just short against West Ranch in a 10-inning game last Thursday.

But Canyon has been resilient, and sophomore Hayley Bottino demonstrated that resiliency when she homered in the sixth inning after allowing eight earned runs in the circle.

“If one aspect of your game isn’t on, then it’s important to become more focused on helping your team in other ways.” Bottino said.

Last season, Canyon scored an upset over Valencia, and the Cowboys will try to do the same thing at 3:15 p.m. today when they face the league-leading Vikings.

Saugus will try to keep its momentum going against Golden Valley, also at 3:15 p.m. today.

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