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Prep softball: Wildcats edge Moorpark

GV, Canyon fall to consolation bracket

Posted: March 4, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 4, 2012 1:55 a.m.

West Ranch’s Kylie Sorenson, right, steals second base as Moorpark’s Madison Fleming tries to make the tag on Saturday at Central Park.

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Moorpark kept getting back up off the mat.

In the second round of the Hart softball tournament on Saturday at Central Park, it seemed like no matter how hard the West Ranch softball team knocked the Musketeers around, Moorpark was ready to respond with a jab of its own.

And then the Wildcats’ Haley Hineman and Bailey Foster provided the perfect one-two punch that even Moorpark couldn’t bounce back from, as West Ranch won 7-6 in seven innings after two international tiebreakers.

Earlier in the day, West Ranch beat Lancaster 15-0 in the first round.

Under international tie breaker rules, the Wildcats (2-0) started the top of the seventh inning with a runner on second base in a game that was tied at five apiece.

Hineman stepped into the box with a runner on third after Moorpark (1-1) had just turned a double play.

“I was a little nervous,” Hineman said. “But as the at bat went along, I was fouling off the bad pitches and the last one, (head coach Bob Shults) said look outside.”

On the seventh pitch of the at bat, Hineman sent the ball deep to left-center field and rounded the bases for a two-run, inside-the-park home run.

In the bottom half, it was time for Foster to do her part in the circle.

Hineman finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs and the two-run home run.

The Musketeers scored a run on a leadoff single by Alicia Mouwen that scored the runner who had started the inning on second base.

But with a runner on first and no outs, Foster induced a line drive back up the box from Nicole Pufahl that she calmly grabbed for one out, and threw to first to tag up Mouwen for the second out of the inning.

“It was definitely a big game,” Foster said. “I knew I had a good team behind me and we were playing a good team. We needed to stick to what we can do and play our game.”

Foster followed up the double play by striking out Kaitlyn Wilkens to end the game.

Foster finished the game pitching eight innings, giving up eight hits, six runs and striking out eight batters.

Kylie Sorenson went 3-for-3 from the plate with two runs, two RBIs and a two run home run that gave the Wildcats a 5-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning.

But Moorpark responded, tying the game in the bottom half to set up the dramatic eighth inning.

The Wildcats’ Julia Lombardi and Keeley Walsh each went 2-for-4 in the game, and Walsh had two RBIs in the third innings as the Wildcats took a 3-0 lead.

But as was the case for most of the afternoon, the Musketeers responded in the fourth to tie the game at 3-3.

But in the end, Hineman and Foster helped push West Ranch past the Musketeers and into the semifinals of the Hart tournament, where it will face either Chaminade or defending CIF City Section runner up, El Camino Real.

Lauren Lindvall picked up the win for West Ranch against Lancaster, pitching four innings and giving up two hits while striking out four.

She also went 2-for-5 at the plate with a three-run home run.

Foster pitched the final inning, striking out two and giving up one hit.

OTHER RESULTS:

Two other local teams took part in the Hart Tournament on Thursday with mixed results. Golden Valley started the day with an 8-1 four-inning loss to Agoura in the first round. Despite the score, Sydney Herrera pitched well for the Grizzlies, going four innings with two strikeouts and no walks. Herrera gave up just three earned runs, but errors cost Golden Valley and led to five unearned runs in the game. The Grizzlies managed two hits in their first game, one by Evony Herrera — who scored the Grizzlies’ run — and Savannah Martinez.

“Lack of experience,” said Golden Valley head coach Hugo Castillo of his team’s loss. “We need more experience, more reps. That’s what it takes when you’re trying to build a program — time and patience.”

The Canyon High softball team fell to Chaminade in the first round 8-4 in six innings.

Hayley Bottino pitched six innings, giving up five earned runs, nine hits and striking out two batters. She also went 3-for-4 from the plate with a home run.

Kaelie Doyle went 2-for-3 with a home run and Courtney Ziese went 2-for-2.

In the second round, Canyon advanced to the semifinals of the consolation bracket with a 7-1 victory over Highland High.
Hayley Bottino picked up the win in the circle after pitching five innings, giving up six hits, one run and striking out six.

Paige Johnson went 2-for-3 with a home run and Tiffany Dyson went 1-2 with a home run. Lexi Lotito, Kaelie Doyle and Bottino all went 2-for-3.

Canyon took a 2-1 lead after two innings, and opened things up with three runs in the bottom of the third and two more in the fourth.

The Cowboys will face Lancaster on Saturday at 9 a.m.

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