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Prep softball roundup: Hart softball sends Canyon home early

Saugus, Valencia will flip coin for No. 2 seed; West Ranch undefeated in leag

Posted: May 9, 2013 10:38 p.m.
Updated: May 9, 2013 10:38 p.m.
 

 

The Hart Indians effectively ended the Canyon Cowboys’ bid for a postseason berth on Thursday, defeating the Cowboys 12-1 to move into sole possession of fourth place.

But because of the Indians’ sub-.500 record they are ineligible for an at-large bid into the postseason.

Only the top three teams in the Foothill League earn automatic bids to the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

Had Canyon (14-14 overall, 3-7 Foothill League) won, the Cowboys would have finished fourth and been eligible for an at-large spot.

“I thought the team played great,” said Hart head coach Steve Calendo. “Up and down year, but at the end really came together well.”

This is the first time Hart has missed the playoffs in Calendo’s eight years.

Canyon got on the board in the first inning on an RBI by Paige Johnson for a 1-0 lead.

From there it was all Hart (11-16, 5-5), as senior Katie Reed earned the complete-game win, striking out five batters and allowing six hits and one run.

Reed missed Hart’s game on Tuesday after being hospitalized for strep throat.

“Katie made it out there today. She ended up her season on the mound. She gave up her position, Katie’s really an infielder. She pitched for the team this year.”

Jenae Coleman was 3-for-5 with three RBIs for Hart. Ariana Rea was 2-for-3 with a double, single and RBI, Katy Nelson was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and Sydney Troxell was 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI.

Saugus 16,

Golden Valley 4

A Saugus team that was simply battling for a playoff spot at the week’s start, now finds itself with a chance at the Foothill League’s second seed after a commanding 16-4 win on Thursday afternoon.

The Centurions’ victory over Golden Valley (10-15, 0-10) puts them in a tie with Valencia for second place in the final Foothill League standings.

A coin flip will be held today to determine which school gets the No. 2 seed into the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs. Both Saugus (20-9, 6-4) and Valencia are guaranteed bids.

“The past week the girls have been really focused and worked really hard to turn it around,” said Saugus head coach Julie Watson. “Our goal is to take this momentum into playoffs and to finish the season strong.”

Brandi Burgin earned the win for Saugus, pitching six innings with 10 strikeouts and allowing six hits.

Lauren Ventura led the way offensively with three RBIs for Saugus.

Rachel Shotzbarger, Natalie Garcia, Maddy Jelenicki, Lauren Ventura and Diana Mendoza added RBIs and Marissa Fuentes was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

West Ranch 1,

Valencia 0

The West Ranch Wildcats capped off an undefeated season on Thursday, but not before a battle from the Valencia Vikings.

Sydney Mundell allowed six hits with one strikeout and only one run for the Vikings (17-11, 7-3), but it wasn’t enough to match West Ranch’s Lexi Sorensen.

Sorensen shut out the Vikings, striking out five and allowing just four hits.

Hailey Hineman delivered the decisive blow for West Ranch (18-11, 10-0), doubling in courtesy runner Jenny Metcalf in the sixth inning to provide the winning margin.

Kylie Sorensen also picked up two doubles for the league champion Wildcats.

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