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Foothill League softball: Cents run away with it

Saugus’ offense gets rolling against Indians at Hart complex

Posted: April 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Runs keep rolling in for the Saugus softball team.

And if the trend continues, the wins will too.

Seven Centurions finished with multiple hits on an offensive day, which was highlighted third baseman Randi Jossett’s two-run home run in the sixth inning, and Saugus beat Hart 12-2 on Thursday at the Hart PONY Complex.

The game was called with one out in the sixth after Saugus shortstop Jenna Kelly’s ground ball was bobbled, allowing Christin Clark to score.

The Centurions also beat West Ranch 10-3 on Tuesday.

“Offense is contagious,” said Saugus head coach Julie Watson. “Once we get a couple hits, it goes through our lineup.”

Saugus senior Cassie Herrera struck out four and gave up two runs on four hits and two walks.

But Indians were the ones that jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.

Hart’s Elizabeth Henry drove in one run in the second inning when her ground ball was misplayed. In the third, Sierra Quiala’s grounder was bobbled, giving Brenna Carlson time to cross the plate.

Then it was all Saugus.

The Centurions (17-3, 2-0) scored four runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings.

Clark finished 3-for-5, Kate Karppenin was 4-for-5, Jossett wound up 3-for-4 with three RBIs, Ashley Butera batted 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Alyssa Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Hart’s Emili Escamilla took the loss, pitching four innings and allowing four runs on 10 hits before Blake Lewis took over.

Ultimately, too many miscues proved too much to overcome for the injury-depleated Indians (10-7, 0-2).

“This team is very good, and they took advantage of those mistakes,” said Hart head coach Steve Calendo. “When it starts to snowball, the girls start pressing.”

Saugus is now the lone undefeated team after the first week of Foothill League play, with four teams — Canyon, Golden Valley, West Ranch and Valencia — at 1-1.

“We try not to pay attention to the other teams,” Watson said. “We are focused on ourselves, and with the way we are playing, I like what I see.”


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