As if the Saugus softball team wasn't scary enough, the Centurions brought out yet another weapon.
For most teams, it would have been a terrible way to start.
Saugus catcher Karlee Bickford had already battled through seven pitches in the top of the sixth inning with the bases loaded and one out in a scoreless tie against perennial power Valencia.
The Santa Clarita Masters Swimming club finished a successful first day of the Southern Pacific Masters Swimming Short Course Yard Regional Championship Meet at its home Santa Clarita Aquatic Center in third place among the 40 swim clubs present.
The Santa Clarita Aquatic Center will host the U.S. Masters Southwest Zone and Southern Pacific Masters Association Short Course Yards Regional Championship Meet today and Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. both days.
Just when Canyon thought it had climbed back into its game with the defending Foothill League champion Saugus softball team, the Centurions awoke.
Hart High graduate and Oklahoma softball player Jessica Shults received one of the highest honors of her collegiate career this week, as the Sooners' catcher was named one of 25 finalists for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.
It was a similar story for the Hart swim team on Wednesday afternoon at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.
The Saugus girls swim team saw an opportunity to solidify its position as a contender in the Foothill League race on Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.
The defending Foothill League champion Saugus softball team may have a lot of new faces on the diamond this season - having lost 12 players off the championship squad - but on Tuesday night at the William S. Hart softball complex, the Centurions wasted no time showing they have the pieces to defend their title.
Valencia softball wasted no time showing its strength at the pitching position when it opened up the Foothill League season at West Ranch High School on Tuesday afternoon.
"It's like my comfort zone," says Saugus senior catcher Karlee Bickford of the softball field.
The always-difficult Foothill League looks to be as tight as ever this season, with nearly every team in the Santa Clarita Valley boasting top-flight talent both in the circle and in the batter's box.
By a unanimous vote, the Foothill League's appeals before the CIF-Southern Section Playoff Groupings Appeals Committee against the section office's proposed baseball and girls tennis playoff groupings were rejected by the seven-person panel on Wednesday at the CIF-SS office in Los Alamitos.
There was little doubt who the most intimidating player in the Foothill League was this season.