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Stiglich's blast gives Hart payback against Valencia

Posted: April 16, 2008 2:02 a.m.
Updated: June 17, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Junior Heather Stiglich's solo home run in the top of the seventh gave Hart High's varsity girls softball team its first victory over Valencia since the 2004 season.

The shot gave the Indians a 1-0 win on Tuesday and a one-and-a-half game lead in the Foothill League standings.
"I really just wanted to get on with a base hit to help the team out and get us pumped up," Stiglich said. "But obviously it was little more than a base hit."

This was the first time the two teams have met since the 2007 CIF-Southern Section Division I title game.

Current polls have Valencia (17-4, 3-1) ranked No. 3 and Hart (14-3, 4-0) at No. 9 in Division I.

The home run, which was Stiglich's third this season, also gave pitcher Destiny Rodino her 13th win over the season against three losses.

Hart's Rodino pitched a complete game and had seven strikeouts.

After a week off from league play because of Spring Break, Hart came into the game ready for a big win.

"We were a little relaxed after the break," Rodino said. "But once we got out there we were pumped and really got it together."

In the first few innings it was a battle of the pitchers as Valencia's Jessica Spigner struck out two Hart hitters in the top of the first.

The UCLA- commit Rodino allowed only one hit in the first and held the Vikings to only three hits on the game.

By the bottom of the seventh the Vikings were looking for redemption but were held back by the Indians.

Freshman Caitlin Rooney kicked off the Vikings offense with a single to left field and Lindsay Clark stepped in as the pinch runner.

Alyssa Garza got the Valencia crowd on its feet with a bunt single that she placed right between the first and second baseman. Garza to advanced to second on an attempt to throw out Clark, who had reached third base on the play.

With Clark on third with one out, the Indians were in a dangerous spot.

But, the first baseman Stiglich was there to come through again, this time with her fielding.

Valencia's Lelani Bernardino bunted to third baseman Emily Henry, who threw Bernardino out at first base.

Clark hesitated standing between third and home and Stiglich, threw the ball back over to Henry, who tagged Clark out, completing the double play and ending the game.

The Tennessee-bound Spigner had 10 strikeouts on the game and with the tough loss now has a record of 17-4.

Valencia head coach Donna Lee was satisfied with her teams performance and Spigner's pitching.

"Jessica pitched a great game," Lee said. "She made one mistake and they got one big hit off of it."

The Indians are now undefeated in league and will face Golden Valley next at home on Thursday.


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