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Foothill League softball: No offense taken

Enriquez, Valencia shut down Hart

Posted: April 26, 2010 10:03 p.m.
Updated: April 27, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia's Megan Foglesong makes a running catch against Hart in the third inning Monday at Valencia High School.

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The Valencia High School softball team wasn’t feeling very charitable on Monday.

A two-hitter by Vikings pitcher Sarah Enriquez, backed up by an equally stingy defense, gave Valencia a 3-0 win against the visiting Hart Indians in a makeup game originally scheduled for last Tuesday that was rained out.

“Sarah did an unbelievable job,” said Valencia head coach Donna Lee. “She kept batters off balance and hit her spots.”

Enriquez struck out six batters in pitching the complete game and didn’t issue any walks.

The Vikings’ defense didn’t give anything away, either. Valencia didn’t commit any errors and even a well-struck ball to short center by Hart’s Brenna Carlson was met with a diving catch by Valencia center fielder Megan Foglesong.

“Defense wins games and defense wins championships,” Lee said.

Valencia (20-3-1, 4-0) took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a two-RBI single up the middle by Madison Shipman, scoring Foglesong and Lauren Boser.

Hart head coach Steve Calendo said the hit was caused by a miscommunication between him and his pitcher.

“That should have been a ball,” Calendo said. “You can’t throw to good hitters like that.”

The Vikings extended their lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning on a solo home run by third baseman Caitlin Rooney.

“I was looking for something down and she threw me a change-up,” Rooney said.

Shipman was 3-for-3, finishing the day with three singles and two RBIs.

Hart pitcher Emili Escamilla threw the full game and gave up five hits, struck out three and walked two.

Escamilla and Hart third baseman Tracy Chandless each had a single in the game.

The Vikings, who returned all but one starter this season, remain undefeated in Foothill League play.

“We’re the team that everybody wants to beat,” Lee said. “We need to respect everybody because they want to take us down.”

Calendo said his young Indians (15-6-1, 2-2) are still looking for a big win against a team that’s ranked higher than them.

“That’s what we’re trying to do and we try to build on games like this for the end of the year,” he said.

Both teams are at home today with Hart facing West Ranch at 3:15 p.m., while Valencia takes on Canyon at the same time.


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