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Valencia softball comes from behind to beat Hart

West Ranch improves to 9-0 in Foothill League play

Posted: May 7, 2013 10:23 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2013 10:23 p.m.
 

The Hart Indians nearly pulled off a remarkable win over the second-place Valencia Vikings with an inexperienced pitcher in the circle.

But despite the heroics of Paxton Provost, who pitched for the first time since her youth softball days in place of Kaitlyn Reed, Valencia’s Kristina Brackpool sent the Vikings home 3-2 winners.

Reed missed the game because she has been hospitalized for strep throat,

“She loves being part of those situations,” said Valencia head coach Donna Lee of Brackpool. “I really thought they were going to walk her. There was a base open, runners at second and third, but they didn’t fortunately for us.”

The Vikings trailed 2-1 entering the seventh inning before scoring twice to win it.

Provost pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and three runs.

Jenae Coleman produced the two runs for the Indians, hitting a two-run home run off Vikings pitcher Sydney Mundell in the third inning.

Mundell went seven innings, allowing six hits.

Emma Stanley put Valencia ahead in the second inning on a sacrifice-fly RBI.

Wendy Cardinali started the rally in the seventh, knocking in Ally Johnson who reached on a bunt single with one out.

Now, the Vikings are one win away from locking up second place in the Foothill League, but will need to defeat league champion West Ranch on Thursday.

A loss, coupled with a Saugus win, would put the two teams in a second-place tie.

“We’ve got nothing to lose,” Lee said. “You go out and leave everything on the field. They have a goal also. They want to go undefeated. Go out and see if we can knock them off.”

 

West Ranch 12, Golden Valley 1

The West Ranch Wildcats moved one step closer to an undefeated league season on Tuesday, defeating Golden Valley to up their record to 17-11 overall and 9-0 in the Foothill League.

Taylor Gaff had an impressive day, going 3-for-3 with a double, a single and two runs scored for West Ranch, while Lauren Lombardi was 2-for-3 with two doubles.

Charlotte Romero had a double and two RBIs and Kylie Sorenson had an RBI.

Wildcats starting pitcher Lexi Sorensen picked up the complete-game victory, striking out 14 and allowing seven hits in seven innings.

West Ranch, which locked up the outright Foothill League championship last week, will take on Valencia on Thursday with an undefeated league season on the line.

“I think the girls want to win,” said West Ranch head coach Bob Shults. “We’re on a roll right now. We did all our testing early on, working out certain things. You don’t want to go into the playoffs with a loss. We’re definitely going into that game to win. The girls are motivated by the fact we made the playoffs and we want to go in on a positive note.”

 

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