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Santa Clarita well represented in NCAA softball final

Four Santa Clarita Valley softball products advance to Women’s College World Series championship

Posted: June 2, 2013 10:33 p.m.
Updated: June 2, 2013 10:33 p.m.
Oklahoma team members celebrate during a Women’s College World Series game against Washington in Oklahoma City on Sunday. Oklahoma team members celebrate during a Women’s College World Series game against Washington in Oklahoma City on Sunday.
Oklahoma team members celebrate during a Women’s College World Series game against Washington in Oklahoma City on Sunday.
Members of the Tennessee softball team celebrate after defeating Texas in their Women’s College World Series game on Sunday in Oklahoma City. Members of the Tennessee softball team celebrate after defeating Texas in their Women’s College World Series game on Sunday in Oklahoma City.
Members of the Tennessee softball team celebrate after defeating Texas in their Women’s College World Series game on Sunday in Oklahoma City.
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It wasn’t that long ago — 2007 to be exact — that then Hart catcher Jessica Shults was walking off the field with teammate Melissa Brown watching then-Valencia Vikings Madison Shipman celebrate a CIF-Southern Section Division I championship.

Flash forward to 2013, and Shults will have a chance to get some revenge on an even grander stage.

Shults’ Oklahoma Sooners and Shipman and Brown’s Tennessee Volunteers advanced to the Women’s College World Series championship best-of-three series starting today.

For Shults, it’s a chance to finally get the best of Shipman.

For Brown it’s a chance to experience what the Vikings felt that day.

And for Shipman, it’s a chance to do it all over again.

Also involved in the action will be Canyon High graduate Brittany Williams, who plays for Oklahoma.

Here’s how they made it:

Oklahoma 6, Washington 2

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lauren Chamberlain and Keilani Ricketts homered, speedster Brianna Turang scored twice and top-seeded Oklahoma beat Washington 6-2 on Sunday night to reach the finals of the Women’s College World Series.

Turang tripled to lead off the third inning and scored when Kaitlin Inglesby (23-9) threw her next pitch too high for catcher Shawna Wright to handle even after she stood up. Chamberlain hit her 29th home run two pitches later, and Ricketts tacked on a drive into the bleachers in right-center field to make it 3-0.

Shults was 1-for-3 in the game and Williams was 1-for-4.

Kylee Lahners broke up a no-hit bid by Ricketts (34-1) by hitting the national player of the year’s first pitch of the fifth inning over the center-field fence. The 11th-seeded Huskies (45-17) got to 4-2 on Shelby Pendley’s throwing error.

The Sooners (55-4) and Tennessee will open the best-of-3 finals series Monday night.

Tennessee 2, Texas 1

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lauren Gibson hit a solo home run in the first inning, Tennessee’s Renfroe sisters combined on a five-hitter shutout and the Lady Vols reached the Women’s College World Series finals by beating Texas 2-1 on Sunday night.

Blaire Luna (31-7) struck out 12 in her second complete game of the day for fourth-seeded Texas (51-10). She forced in a run in the sixth when she hit Cheyanne Tarango with a pitch and issued three walks.

Shipman started at shortstop in the game and went 1-for-4 at the plate.

Brown was 0-for-2 with a walk as Tennesee’s left fielder.

Seventh-seeded Tennessee (52-10) is in the finals for the second time. The Lady Vols were beaten in three games by Arizona in 2007, winning Game 1 before Monica Abbott took a shutout into extra innings in a Game 2 loss.

Pinch-hitter Lindsey Stephens led off the seventh by homering to center field off of Ellen Renfroe, who had relieved older sister Ivy Renfroe (22-4) to get out of a jam in the fifth.

It’s the second time reaching the championship round for the Lady Vols, who were beaten in three games by Arizona in 2007 — winning Game 1 before Monica Abbott took a shutout into extra innings in a Game 2 loss.

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