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Foothill softball: Much left to be decided

West Ranch, Hart wins set stage for key league finale

Posted: May 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

West Ranch softball still has a shot at winning a Foothill League title.

It needs to beat Hart in its regular season finale, but it also needs heavy underdog Golden Valley to defeat first-place Saugus.

"Go Golden Valley," said West Ranch head coach Bob Shults.

The Wildcats (18-7, 6-3) defeated Canyon 6-0 on Tuesday at Canyon High to stay in the league title hunt.

But Shults knows that the prize West Ranch is more likely bound for is a second-place finish in the Foothill League.

That would likely, based on the strength of the Foothill League, give the Wildcats a home game in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

"We want second place. We worked hard this year," Shults said. "We've started to make an impression. Second place would show the girls we are the second best team in the Foothill League."

West Ranch received a complete-game shutout from Bailey Foster. Foster struck out seven batters and walked two, allowing only two hits. She got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning.

The Wildcats scored three times in the fourth inning and once in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Kylie Sorenson and Lauren Lindvall each hit a home run and a double. Sorenson finished 2-for-3 and two runs and Lindvall was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one run.

West Ranch closes out league play with a road game against Hart.

Hart is one game behind West Ranch in the standings.

If the Indians win, they split the season series and share second place.

Canyon (13-12, 3-6) hosts Valencia to close out its season.

The Cowboys can apply for an at-large bid to the postseason, though.

Hart 10, Golden Valley 0
So about that second-place game.

Hart defeated Golden Valley 10-0 at Newhall Park in a six-inning mercy-rule contest on Tuesday.

That sets up the likely game of the day on Thursday between the Indians and Wildcats.

"Hopefully the bats stay hot. We had a rough week last week. They know what's at stake against West Ranch. West Ranch is a good team. It will be a matchup of two great pitchers," said Hart head coach Steve Calendo.

That's West Ranch's Foster and Hart's Emili Escamilla.

Escamilla threw four shutout innings against Golden Valley on Tuesday.

Hart (18-10, 5-4) had a different look on Tuesday - a healthy look.

Indians outfielder Jessica Jones hit a solo home run. Jones had missed three weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Catcher Hart Lauren Anderson hit a two-run single. Anderson missed eight weeks after having surgery on her calf.

Elizabeth Henry hit a two-run home run and was 3-for-3 with five RBIs.

Brenna Carlson went 3-for-4.

Golden Valley (9-17, 1-8) finishes the season by traveling to first-place Saugus.

 

 

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