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Foothill softball roundup: Centurions unfazed by Vikings

Wildcats shutout Hart to hold league lead, Canyon goes double-digits on G.V.

Posted: April 25, 2013 10:21 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2013 10:21 p.m.
Saugus pitcher Mariah Lopez throws during the first inning against Valencia on Thursday at Saugus High. Saugus pitcher Mariah Lopez throws during the first inning against Valencia on Thursday at Saugus High.
Saugus pitcher Mariah Lopez throws during the first inning against Valencia on Thursday at Saugus High.

Holding a lead in the seventh inning against the Valencia Vikings is something the Saugus Centurions remember well.

After all, they were up two runs the last time the teams met before the Vikings won it in walk-off fashion off freshman pitcher Mariah Lopez.

Lopez wasn’t going to let that happen again.

She picked up the complete-game 4-1 victory, allowing just three hits and striking out 11.

“I think there was a little bit of a fire to show the way she can throw and she did,” said Saugus head coach Julie Watson. “But she was locked in and throwing her game and ready to go.”

The Centurions (18-7 overall, 4-2 Foothill League) opened up an early 2-0 lead on a home run by Alyssa Rodriguez in the first inning before Dominique Salgado pulled Valencia within one with a fourth-inning home run.

“When they scored on a home run it didn’t faze (Lopez). It was 2-1 at one point and she was throwing strong and had really good presence out there,” Watson said. “That showed good character because after the first Valencia game, she could have gotten rattled.”

The Centurions helped Lopez out by picking up two insurance runs in the sixth, off a solo home run by Cayla Kessinger and an RBI by Rachel Shotzbarger.

Valencia pitcher Sydney Mundell repeatedly got out of jams, stranding 10 runners on base, including twice with the bases loaded.

Saugus sits alone in second place, two games behind first-place West Ranch.

The Vikings (13-10, 3-3) fall into a third-place tie with Canyon.

West Ranch 12, Hart 0, 5 innings

The West Ranch Wildcats continued to separate themselves from the rest of the Foothill League with a dominant 12-0 victory over Hart in five innings at West Ranch High School on Thursday afternoon.

The Wildcats (13-11, 6-0) received production up and down the lineup, with five players picking up two hits each in Kylie Sorenson, Lauren Lombardi, Haley Hineman, Charlotte Romero and Mollie Sorenson.

Kylie Sorenson scored three runs on the day, including one on a solo home run.

The Wildcats jumped on Hart starting pitcher Kaitlyn Reed early, scoring two in the first, three in the second and sixWildcats in the third before Reed was lifted for Vanessa Rodriguez to start the fourth.

Lexi Sorensen earned the win for West Ranch, allowing four walks and two hits while striking out three.

With the win, West Ranch maintains its two-game lead in the Foothill League standings over Saugus. Hart sits alone in fifth at 8-11 overall and 2-4 in league.

Canyon 17, Golden Valley 7, 5 innings

There was no shortage of offense on Thursday afternoon at Canyon High School.

The Canyon Cowboys put up double-digit runs, defeating the Golden Valley Grizzlies 17-7 in five innings.

Amanda Doyle led the way with a home run and three RBIs for Canyon (14-10, 3-3). Paige Johnson went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs and Delanie George was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

Golden Valley (10-11, 0-6) took an early lead, scoring twice in the first and put up runs in every inning.

Tatyanah Castillo led the way with three RBIs, a home run and a double for the Grizzlies. Valerie Goymerac had two RBIs and Rebecca Hernandez had on RBI. Marisa Felix stole two bases.

But Canyon immediately responded, taking a 7-2 lead after one and added to its lead in every inning.

Nicole Dall picked up the win for Canyon, tossing three innings with two strikeouts and five earned runs allowed. Brittney Workman pitched two innings with one earned run and one strikeout.


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