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Foothill League softball: Saugus early and often

Centurions open up league season by jumping on the Indians, then stopping their comeback

Posted: April 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The defending Foothill League champion Saugus softball team may have a lot of new faces on the diamond this season — having lost 12 players off the championship squad — but on Tuesday night at the William S. Hart softball complex, the Centurions wasted no time showing they have the pieces to defend their title.

Saugus jumped on Hart starting pitcher Blake Lewis early, knocking her out of the game after just 2 2/3 innings, and Saugus defeated Hart 11-5 in both teams’ league opener.

“I definitely think that the way we played tonight and the way we hit the ball really showed teams that we’re here to play, and it was a really great game and I’m excited for the rest of league,” said Saugus head coach Julie Watson.

The Centurions’ Alyssa Rodriguez hit a two-run home run off the scoreboard in left center field in the third inning to give Saugus a 4-0 lead.

Rodriguez finished the night 3-for-5 with the home run and five RBIs.

Saugus (12-3 overall, 1-0 Foothill League) tacked on two more runs in the third before Lewis gave way to reliever Hayley Miller.

Lewis went 2 2/3 innings, allowing six runs, seven hits and striking out one.

With Miller shutting down Saugus through the middle innings, Hart’s offense began to wake up, as the Indians tried to get back into the game.

The Indians’ Juli Strange hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the third to pull within 6-3, and Paxton Provost’s RBI groundout in the fifth pulled Hart (7-5-1, 0-1) to within 6-4.

But it wasn’t enough.

The Centurions scored again in the sixth before opening things back up with four runs in the top of the seventh to take an 11-4 lead.

In the circle for Saugus was junior pitcher Alanna Layton, who pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits and five runs, while striking out one and stranding 11 Hart runners on base.

Saugus wasted little time getting on the board in the contest, as Taylor Kister put the Centurions ahead in the top of the first with a two-RBI single to right.

The Centurions will try to keep their bats going on Thursday when they host Canyon at Saugus High School at 3:15 p.m., while Hart travels to play at Valencia, also at 3:15 p.m.



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