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Foothill softball: Centurions left waiting

Saugus looking for at-large spot in CIF-SS Div. I playoffs

Posted: May 13, 2010 11:28 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2010 4:55 a.m.
The Saugus softball team needed a win to take fourth place in the Foothill League and a chance at an at-large berth into the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

The Centurions got the win, but not the answers.

Saugus defeated Golden Valley 11-0 on Thursday at Golden Valley High School, but now must wait until the pairings are released on Monday to find out if it earned a spot in the postseason.

"This league's tough, so we should get the four-spot," Saugus head coach Julie Watson said. "If we don't, I'll be upset."

Saugus pitcher Kimmie Lockhart gave up just four hits in a complete-game shutout, striking out 14 batters and walking one.

"I just wanted to help out my team and make sure we came out on top," Lockhart said.

Watson said Lockhart did a good job of staying ahead of the batters and hitting her spots.

"She was really dialed in with the catcher," Watson said.

Golden Valley (1-22, 0-10) didn't have an answer for Lockhart, or the Centurions' bats, which racked up 13 hits in the game.

Saugus catcher Ashley Butera was 3-for-4, with a double and an RBI.

"I saw the ball much better today and waited long enough to adjust and focus on a hit," Butera said.

Centurion Abby Linn had two doubles and an RBI, while teammate Sara Shier had two singles and two RBIs.

"Our hitting finally came around," Watson said. "We were able to string hits together today."

Saugus (17-12, 5-5) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and got a two-RBI single from Cassie Herrera in the third inning to go up 4-0.

The Centurions took a 7-0 advantage in the fourth on an RBI single by shortstop Jenna Kelly and a two-RBI single by Shier.

Karlee Bickford added a two-RBI single for Saugus, Kelsey Christopherson scored on a wild pitch, and Linn hit an RBI single in the seventh for the Centurions final four runs and the 11-0 win.

Golden Valley pitcher Sydney Herrera took the loss, pitching a complete game and striking out two.

The Grizzlies graduate just one player this year and head coach Melanie Williams said it has been a tough season for her young team.

"We're just trying to stay positive through this tough time and eventually the tables will turn," Williams said.


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