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Hart advances to semifinals in its own tournament with two convincing wins

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

Hart third baseman Tracy Chandless hits an RBI double in the first inning against Oxnard High on Saturday at Central Park. The game finished in a 13-4 victory for Hart after just five innings. It was Hart’s second win of the day.

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At times on Saturday afternoon at the Hart varsity softball tournament, it looked like the Hart softball team was never going to stop batting.

The Indians put up nine runs in the bottom of the first inning in their second-round matchup with Oxnard High at Central Park, and pitcher Blake Lewis picked up her second win of the day in the circle in a 13-4 Indians five-inning victory.

The win came on the heels of a 12-1 victory over Newbury Park earlier in the day.

In the later game, the Indians (2-0) batted around in the first inning as the first 12 batters of the game reached first base safely off Oxnard pitcher Delilah Ramirez.

Juli Strange led off with a single and Samantha Leibman picked up the Indians’ first RBI on a single to center field.

Strange finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, and Leibman went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run.
By the time the inning ended, six players picked up RBIs and the Indians led 9-0.

“It was a good start, the kids have played fairly clean defense,” said Hart head coach Steve Calendo. “We swung the bat well all day.”

Oxnard (1-1) tried to start a comeback in the next inning as they led off the inning with three straight singles.

The Yellowjackets’ Kiyanna Watley drove in two runs on a single to center field, but Lewis settled in to strike out Brittanie Lopez and end the inning.

Lewis went four innings, giving up eight hits and four runs while striking out two.

“Blake did a good job,” Calendo said. “She let her defense work for her and that was the difference.”

The Indians scored four runs in the second inning to extend the lead to 13-2.

Jessica Jones, who finished 3-for-3 with two runs, led off the inning and came around to score on a single by Jenae Coleman.

Sydney Troxell knocked Coleman in later in the inning before Strange brought in the final two runs of the inning on a single to right field.

The Indians didn’t score again, but outside of the two-run fourth inning, Hart’s pitching and defense killed any momentum Oxnard could find.

Lewis picked up the win in the first game against Newbury Park, pitching four innings and giving up a run off three hits. She also struck out two and walked one.

“I’m sort of surprised (how well we did today). I knew how hard we worked, and it showed,” Lewis said.

Against Newbury Park, Leibman went 3-for-3 with an RBI. Jones went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Tracy Chandless went 4-for-4 with an RBI.

Coleman and Paxton Provost both hit home runs in the contest, and Coleman went 2-for-2 with four RBIs and Provost went 1-for-3 with three RBIs.

“I’m pleased ... they still have work to do but I’m pleased with how hard they’re working to make adjustments,” Calendo said.

With the wins, Hart continues on in the winner’s bracket and will play either Camarillo or Agoura on Saturday at 11 a.m.
A victory would put the Indians back in the finals of their own tournament, where they lost to Highland last season.


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