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A Tale of Two Games

Posted: March 2, 2008 1:44 a.m.
Updated: May 3, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Breanne Lendman (15) of West Ranch slides into second base Saturday at Central Park.

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Saturday was an up-and-down day for the West Ranch softball team.

Or maybe, it would be more appropriate to call it a down-and-up day.

The Wildcats opened up their season in the Hart tournament, losing by a dozen runs but returned in the afternoon to rout San Fernando 8-0 at Central Park.

The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.

"They were just on," said West Ranch head coach Cassandra Perez. "I think they weren't ready to play this morning.

They got all that out of them and came back and played well."

West Ranch (1-1) got started early against Tigers pitcher Melinda Robertson, scoring three runs in the first inning.

Wildcats starting pitcher Melissa Herndon helped herself by hitting a single that brought in two RBIs for a 2-0 lead.

Herndon scored two at-bats later on a single by Michaela Hernandez.

The sophomore Hernandez, playing in her first varsity games on Saturday, hit an inside-the-park home run to lead off the fifth inning.

She smacked the ball just past the outstretched glove of San Fernando left fielder Stephanie Salas and the ball rolled to the fence.

"I thought it was a good hit, but I was just trying to run as fast as I could," the West Ranch left fielder said. "I didn't want to get out."

Hernandez went 2-for-3 for the game with three RBI. She brought in a run in all three of her at-bats, including a groundout that scored the only West Ranch run in third inning.

The Wildcats added three runs in the fourth inning on triple by Bryanna Delatorre, a double by Breanne Lendman two batters later, and a two-base error that allowed Lendman to score.

It was a tough day for Robertson, who gave up eight runs over five innings of work.

While the West Ranch offense was clicking, Herndon was rolling in the circle as well. The senior allowed just two hits, struck out 10 and walked one.

The only time the Tigers really threatened was in the bottom of the fifth, when Suzette Sabedra and Giselle Garcia hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning.

In a stroke of luck, Garcia was out when the next batter, Salas, hit a line drive that hit Garcia in the foot. It moved Sabedra to third, but Herndon struck out Victoria Perez and Madison Urena grounded out to end the threat.

Herndon (1-1) also started the game earlier in the day against El Camino Real, where the Wildcats lost 12-0.

"I thought a lot more of my pitches were working," Herndon said of her win. "I was getting a lot more calls. Last game they weren't giving me anything. In general it was all around better (in the second game)."

The Hart tournament continues play next weekend. West Ranch will face Newbury Park at 9 a.m. on March 8.

Notes: Wildcat catcher Carly Burmeister left the game after falling in the dugout and injuring her wrist in the second inning.

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