West Ranch Softball Team Squeezes Into Second Round Of CIF Playoffs
The West Ranch softball team was the only team from the Foothill League to survive the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs on Thursday.
West Ranch used a squeeze play in the bottom of the seventh inning to squeak past Moorpark, 6-5. Haley Hineman layed down the bunt that scored MacKenzie Morgan with the winning run.
West Ranch scored four runs in the first inning take a 4-0 lead. Moorpark rallied in the third, scoring five runs and taking a one-run lead.
But West Ranch tied the score, 5-5, in the sixth. Julie Lombardi and Jennifer Metcalf had RBI singles in the first inning.
West Ranch starter Bailey Foster went the distance, giving up five runs on eight hits and striking out six.
The Saugus softball team were eliminted from the Division 1 playoffs in an 8-0 loss to Canyon of Anaheim. The Foothill League champs managed only three hits off Canyon of Anaheim starter Cheyanne Tarango.
Jenna Kelly had two of those hits. She was 2-for-2 with a walk. Ashley Butera got a pinch-hit single in the fifth. Saugus left seven runners on base.
The Hart softball team lost to Simi Valley, 4-0, and was eliminated from the Division 1 playoffs.
Hart got only four hits and Simi Valley starter Sophia Perez racked up 14 strikeouts.
The Valencia softball team opens the Division 1 playoffs on the road against Edison of Huntington Beach today.
The Trinity Classical Academy softball team lost to Coastal Christian of Arroyo Grande, 8-7, in the first round of the Southern Section Division 7 playoffs.
Kaeli Massetto had four hits and drove in two runs for Trinity. Julia Howell hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.
The Valencia baseball team opens the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs at home against Moorpark today.
Valencia won the Foothill League championship. Moorpark is coming off a 7-0 win over Millikan in the wild-card round of the playoffs.
The Hart baseball team is home for the first round of the Division 1 playoffs against Los Alamitos.
The Master’s College baseball team went 2-2 in pool play in the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series. The Master’s College beat Judson University, 11-0, and Mt. Vernon Nazarene of Ohio, 13-3. The Mustangs lost to Kings College, 4-3, and North Greenville, 3-2.
The Master’s College did not advance out of the pool play round of the World Series.
In the Amgen Tour of California, Peter Sagan of Slovakia won the fourth stage of the race from Seaside to Paso Robles.
Chris Horner from Bend, Ore., remained the overall leader for the second day in a row after an 11th place finish in the fourth stage.
Leigh Howard of Australia was second in the fourth stage, followed by Ben Swift from Britain in third.
The fifth stage of the Tour of California is a 15-mile time trial in Solvang today.
In the NHL playoffs, the Boston Bruins shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0, to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas made 31 saves to record the first playoff shutout of his career.
Game 4 is Saturday at Tampa Bay.
In the NBA playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks, 106-100, in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The series is tied at a game apiece.