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CIF softball: A walk-off way to start

The Indians pull through with an extra-inning walk-off single

Posted: May 20, 2010 10:52 p.m.
Updated: May 21, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Hart head coach Steve Calendo sends in Caitlyn Zimmerman in the ninth inning of the CIF-SS Div. I playoffs at Newhall Park.

 
The Hart softball team has got to love L.A.

L.A. being the Indians' catcher Lauren Anderson.

Anderson came through with a walk-off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, to give the Indians a 1-0 win against the Agoura Chargers on Thursday at Newhall Park in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

"I love L.A., I love L.A.," said Hart pitcher Emili Escamilla. "This is the second or third time that she's had the game-winning hit."

The Indians got themselves out of a jam in the top of the ninth when Agoura left the bases loaded after two singles and an intentional walk by Escamilla. Hart head coach Steve Calendo called time out and met with his team in the circle, then Escamilla got Agoura's Kelcie Brodsky to pop up to third base to end the inning.

"We just told each other to stay focused and get the outs," Escamilla said. "We knew that a run couldn't cross the plate."

Hart (21-6-2) loaded the bases in the second and seventh innings and was lucky to get another chance in the ninth when Anderson delivered.

Caitlyn Zimmerman started things off with a single and a well-placed bunt by Escamilla not only advanced Zimmerman, but got Escamilla on base as she beat the throw to first. Brenna Carlson advanced both runners with a sacrifice and Tracy Chandless was intentionally walked to load the bases. Anderson, who was 1-for-4 up to that point, singled to short right field.

"I knew something was going to get the job done," Anderson said. "I didn't feel good about the fact that I hadn't been productive at my last at-bats."

Calendo said he has watched Anderson play for three seasons and that she would be able to leave her prior at-bats behind her.

"She's a real competitor," Calendo said. "I knew if the pitcher gave her a mistake she would hit it."

Agoura (18-9-1) pitcher Stephanie Lord made few mistakes, striking out 12 and allowing seven hits in a complete game.

Escamilla also went the distance, striking out six and giving up just five hits in the shutout.

"Emili (Escamilla) pitched well and our defense played well," Calendo said. "We're peaking at the right time."

The Hart defense made only one error and was highlighted by a strong performance by shortstop Brenna Carlson, who had a hand in 10 outs.

"Brenna is a great athlete and she's really stepping up," Calendo said.

Agoura head coach Chance Redmond said that his team wasn't able to take advantage of opportunities in the game.

"We got out of some jams, but they were able to take advantage when they needed to," Redmond said. "We left runners in scoring position."

Hart advances to the second round and will play either Santiago or Rosary on May 25.


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