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SCCS baseball outdueled by Hesperia

Cardinals gets good pitching, but can’t get on board

Posted: May 14, 2013 10:17 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2013 10:17 p.m.
 

A young Santa Clarita Christian softball team came into last week a win away from a Liberty League championship.

Three games later, the Cardinals’ season is over.

SCCS lost a 2-0 heartbreaker to Hesperia Christian on Tuesday in the wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VII playoffs in Hesperia.

The Cardinals (10-11) received a complete-game gem from freshman pitcher Shelby Boswell, but the offense stalled and the defense wilted late.

“We just didn’t hit. Defensively we kept ourselves in the game. Shelby kept us in the game. We just didn’t hit for her,” said SCCS head coach Ali Aguilar. “We couldn’t get bunts down, tried to manufacture runs and were being too aggressive.”

The Cardinals were caught stealing three times in the game and had potential rallies killed by trying to take extra bases.

The fourth inning was a prime example as Sierra Aguilar was cut down at third base on a single by Kimberly Curry.

SCCS flashed the leather throughout the game with two spectacular double plays in the outfield made by Jessica McCarty and Lauren Lockhart.

But in the sixth inning, a misplayed single in the outfield led to one run and a passed ball led to a second for the Patriots (6-9).

The Cardinals couldn’t respond in their seventh inning.

SCCS needed a win on May 7 at Faith Baptist to win the Liberty League title, but the Cardinals lost 11-0.

A win last Thursday would have given them second place and they led 9-1 early against Trinity Classical Academy only to lose 15-14.

That put them in the wild-card round.

The Cardinals had only two seniors on the team — Rachel Cantisano and Gabbi Watkins, so the future is bright.

“There’s no doubt, and we have a couple of eighth-graders coming up that will be freshmen,” Ali Aguilar said. “We cant wait to get going.”

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