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Saugus softball picks up where it left off

Posted: April 17, 2014 10:02 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2014 10:02 p.m.
Saugus High’s Mariah Lopez delivers a pitch on Thursday at Hart High School on Thursday. Saugus won 12-1. Saugus High’s Mariah Lopez delivers a pitch on Thursday at Hart High School on Thursday. Saugus won 12-1.
Saugus High’s Mariah Lopez delivers a pitch on Thursday at Hart High School on Thursday. Saugus won 12-1.

Saugus softball picked up right where it left off before spring break, with another resounding Foothill League victory on Thursday afternoon.

Mariah Lopez was dominant in the circle once again, and the Centurions’ offense exploded for its second straight Foothill League blowout victory, 12-1 over Hart at Hart High School.

“The chemistry is great this season,” said Saugus head coach Julie Watson. “I feel like Mariah is holding it down on the mound and our offense is coming though. It’s been an all around good team effort.”

Lopez picked up the complete-game victory, going seven innings, allowing just one walk and two hits and picking up 14 strikeouts.

Saugus (13-8 overall, 2-0 Foothill League) jumped on Hart early, leading 4-1 after the first inning.

“When we get ahead, and having Mariah on the mound, it sets the presence for the game early, which is what we’ve been doing,” said Watson. “Starting off the game with hits helps Mariah on the mound, as well.”

Four players brought home multiple runs for Saugus, which began the league season with a 12-0 victory over Valencia on April 1.

Ty Cueva was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and Esther Ferriera was 2-for-2 with four RBIs. Ryleigh Bermea was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, including a home run, Jules Overstreet had a two-run home run and Lindsay Clare had two doubles.

The Indians struggled with Lopez, a University of Oklahoma commit, and Hart freshman pitcher Kylie Norwood, who went seven innings, couldn’t hold down the Saugus offense.

Hart (5-11, 0-2) now turns the page to Tuesday’s contest on the road at Valencia, while Saugus, widely considered a league title contender, will face two-time defending champion West Ranch at home.

“I like how we’re playing,” Watson said. “We just need to play our game and stay focused and work as a team like we’ve been doing.”

West Ranch 9, Canyon 4

The two-time defending champion Wildcats may have come away with the victory on Thursday afternoon at West Ranch High, but it certainly wasn’t easy.

Canyon took a 1-0 lead after the first inning, and led 4-2 going into the fifth before the Wildcats stormed back to improve to 14-4 overall and 2-0 in the Foothill League.

“Canyon came out and I told the girls before it happened Canyon has been doing the right thing all offseason,” said West Ranch head coach Bob Shults. “Playing a lot of games. They haven’t shied away from anybody. They came out and jumped on us.”

But the Wildcats turned things around in the fifth, after Brandi Burgin took over in the circle for Lexi Sorenson and shut the Cowboys down in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

Lauren Lindvall got things started with a bloop double to left field, Keeley Walsh walked and Julia Lombardi drove a ball to the fence to pull West Ranch within one.

Then Jessica Harper broke things open when she hit the ball deep to left field, despite what was supposed to be an attempted intentional walk from Canyon (10-7, 1-1).

The Wildcats never looked back from there.

“It was a whole team effort,” Shults said. “When it started going our way, it went our way.”

Valencia 13, Golden Valley 3, five innings

It was quite the day for Valencia’s Wendy Cardinali, who brought in four RBIs on a double and home run to help the Vikings roll by Golden Valley on Thursday at Valencia High School.

Elaine Bunyan pitched five innings to earn the victory, improving Valencia to 9-12 overall, 1-1 in Foothill League play.

Golden Valley (3-11, 0-2) managed nine hits, but couldn’t hold down the Vikings’ offense.

Valencia got off to a quick start, with Cardinali scoring on a base hit from Dominique Salgado for 1-0 lead.

Cardinali was again in on the action in the second, doubling home three runs in the second, before leading off the fourth with a solo home run to extend the lead to 9-1.

Emma Stanley was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Valencia, while Salgado finished 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs.


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