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CIF softball playoffs: Hart wins in a wild end

Indians win wild-card game with a late home run

Posted: May 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Entering the postseason as the Foothill League’s No. 4 team for the first time since 2005, the Hart softball team knows it has a long road ahead.

That doesn’t faze the Indians, though.

Neither do clutch situations.

Hart junior Tracy Chandless’ two-out, two-run home run in the seventh inning put her team ahead, and teammate Jessica Jones hit a solo homer in the eighth to give the Indians a 4-3 win over Upland in the wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs on Wednesday in Upland.

“It was a typical survive-and-advance-game,” said Hart head coach Steve Calendo. “Both home runs came with two outs.”
Down 2-1 in the top of the seventh inning, Chandless’ shot gave the Indians (19-11) a 3-2 lead.

The Highlanders (15-10), the third-place team out of the Baseline League, tied the score in the bottom of the frame and sent the game to extra innings.

With two outs in the top of the eighth, Jones, who missed three weeks during league play with a high ankle sprain, hit a solo home run for what proved to be the game-winner.

Hart senior pitcher Emili Escamilla shut down Upland in the bottom half of the inning with the help of two stellar catches in right field by a striding Elizabeth Henry to preserve the win.

Escamilla came in for starter Blake Lewis with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the first down 2-0. She didn’t allow another run until the bottom of the seventh, scattering only a few hits during that span.

Escamilla is expected to get the start against Marmonte League champion Simi Valley in the first round today at Simi Valley.
“I’m confident she can bounce back,” Calendo said. “Blake has done a good job for us recently. I thought we could mix it up a bit. Emili did a great job.”

Lewis gave Hart its first run of the game on an RBI double with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, making the score 2-1. She finished 2-for-4 on the day.

Chandless was 1-for-3, and Jones batted 1-for-3.

“The kids started to hit at the end,” Calendo said. “Hopefully, they start hitting a bit earlier (today).”


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