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Prep softball: Cards get the breaks pulled

SCCS comes back from down five, but lose in six

Posted: March 9, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 9, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian pitcher Heather McCain pitches against Oakwood High on Thursday at the William S. Hart PONY complex.

 

Getting on base was the easy part.

Finding ways to score all those baserunners was a different story for Santa Clarita Christian School softball.

The Cardinals nearly completed a comeback after falling behind by five runs, but ended up losing 12-10 to Oakwood High of North Hollywood on Thursday at William S. Hart PONY Complex.

The game was called after six innings due to time constraints.

“Too many mental mistakes, baserunning mistakes,” said SCCS head coach Ali Aguilar of the loss, “and too many errors.”
SCCS (1-1) left eight runners on base in the game, and that included runners on second and third in the final inning with two out.

The Cardinals couldn’t come up with a game-tying base hit though.

“We have a lot of young players and we’re trying to get better,” said SCCS pitcher Heather McCain.

In all, four freshmen and two sophomores start for the Cardinals and just three seniors.

Despite the inexperience, the squad didn’t back down when Oakwood (1-1) took a 9-4 lead in the four inning.

The Gorillas began to pull away when they scored six runs in the third inning, three of which were unearned thanks to a pair of errors by the SCCS infield.

A total of 11 batters came to the plate for Oakwood in the frame and six of them hit safely.

That was the most trouble McCain got into as she pitched all six innings, allowing nine earned runs off 13 hits while striking out eight.

Oakwood also scored one in the first and added another two runs in the fourth to open up the biggest lead of the game.
“We have a pretty good hitting team,” said Oakwood head coach Dave Smith. “We have a lot of power. We have a couple of seniors that drove balls into gaps.”

But the Cardinals fired back, scoring five runs off five hits in the bottom of the fourth to tie it up 9-9.

Aubrey Robinson and Rachel Cantisano both hit two-RBI singles during the rally and Pam Ruffner added an RBI hit of her own.

Robinson finished the day 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Ruffner ended up 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

After a scoreless fifth inning, the Gorillas re-took the lead with three more runs in the sixth when they strung together three straight RBI base hits.

The second time around, SCCS couldn’t close the gap.

Oakwood’s Jenny Meza pitched all six innings and gave up nine earned runs off 15 hits. She walked six batters.
Meza pitched underhand, but without a windmill style.

“We didn’t play small ball today,” Aguilar said. “It should have been more like batting practice.”

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