Valencia, Hart Softball Teams On To Second Round Of CIF Playoffs
The Valencia and Hart softball teams survived the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs.
West Ranch and Saugus saw their seasons come to an end in the first round of playoffs.
Valencia beat Pacifica, 2-0, and Hart got past Agoura, 1-0. West Ranch lost to Esperanza, 3-0, and Saugus put up a tough fight, losing 3-2 to fourth-seeded Simi Valley.
Valencia starter Carly Mortensen pitched five shutout innings and wiggled out of two bases-loaded situations. She struck out four, walked four and gave up four hits. Sarah Enriquez pitched the final two innings for the save.
Madison Shipman and Karlie Habitz each drove in a run for Valencia.
Hart’s Lauren Anderson knocked in her team’s winning run against Agoura in the ninth inning with a bases-loaded single.
Hart starter Emili Escamilla pitched all nine innings. She struck out 12 and scattered seven hits in the extra-inning shutout.
The Saugus softball team took Simi Valley to extra innings, but lost in the eighth.
Saugus had a 2-1 lead when Sara Shier and Emi Shimamoto scored in the seventh inning.
Simi Valley tied the game in the bottom of the seventh.
West Ranch and Esperanza traded zeros for five innings. Esperanza took a 1-0 lead with two outs in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, Esperanza went up 3-0.
West Ranch’s Bryanna De La Torre was 2-for-3 with a double.
In the CIF Southern Section Division I baseball playoffs, Valencia lost to El Dorado, 4-1, and West Ranch lost to Esperanza, 5-4.
Valencia was held to four hits against El Dorado. Kyle Eaton hit a solo home run in the first inning for Valencia’s only run of the game.
West Ranch jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead but Esperanza rallied for a first-round playoff win.
Chris Caldwell hit a lead-off home run to give West Ranch a 1-0 lead. Josh Heinz added an RBI single in the first to put his team up 3-0.
Esperanza scored twice in the second inning and tied the game in third. They took a two-run lead in the sixth inning. West Ranch rallied in the seventh, scoring a run, but ended the game on a double play.
Hart High swimmer Maggie Hanson is preparing to compete in the Speedo Grand Challenge next weekend in Irvine. She was involved in a car crash five days ago, hit by an alleged drunk driver on The Old Road in Newhall.
Hanson injured her neck, shoulders and arm in the crash, but has shown little sign of slowing down in her workouts for the summer meet season.
Canyon senior swimmer Kearsten Livingstone was also in the car with Hanson when it was hit. She is undecided if she will compete at the Speedo Grand Challenge. Livingstone returned to swim practice on Thursday, the first time she has been in a pool since the accident.
Both swimmers missed the CIF Masters Meet in Long Beach on Tuesday. They both posted All America times at the CIF Southern Section Division I finals in their events.
In auto racing, Sebastian Saavedra, who will attempt to qualify a car for Bryan Herta Autosport in the Indianapolis 500, turned 26 laps in practice and had a top speed of 221.849 mph on Thursday. Tony Kanaan had the top speed of the day at 226.775 mph in a rain-shortened practice session.
Bryan Herta Autosport, owned in part by Valencia’s Bryan Herta, has retired IndyCar Series driver Roberto Guerrero mentoring Saavedra, an Indy 500 rookie.
Bruno Junqueira, a CART and Champ Car veteran who won the pole in the 2002 Indy 500, completed 14 laps in the Bryan Herta Autosport car to provide Saavedra and the team with additional data. His best lap was at 222.278 mph.
Qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 begins on Saturday.
The Dodgers were back to their winning ways. Clayton Kershaw pitched into the eighth inning, striking out seven, and the Dodgers beat the first-place San Diego Padres, 4-1.
Jamey Carroll drove in two runs and was 2-for-3. He knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning. He added an RBI single in the sixth inning to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.
Russell Martin doubled and extended his hitting streak to 15 games.
Interleague play begins tonight with the Detroit Tigers in town for a weekend series. Chad Billingsley starts for the Dodgers. Dontrell Willis will be on the mound for the Tigers. Pregame starts at 6:30 on AM 1220, KHTS.