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CIF softball: Nothing falls the Indians’ way

Hart softball out-hits Upland, loads the bases twice, but ends up losing in wild-card matchup

Posted: May 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hart softball had to wonder after Tuesday’s loss to Upland at Upland High in the wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs if it wasn’t meant to be.

The Indians loaded the bases twice, had two runners on in the seventh inning, and out-hit the Highlanders (13-6) — only to lose 6-0.

“It was just one of those days,” said Hart head coach Steve Calendo. “It was their day. They made two diving catches in the outfield. We hit the ball hard all day. We hit the ball at people.”

The Indians (17-11-1) surrendered a run in the first, three in the third and two more in the fifth.

Yet in the top of the third and top of the fourth innings, they had the bases loaded, only to hit into inning-ending double plays.

Hart, which came into the game as winners of six of its last seven games, had 12 hits in the game to Upland’s six and the Indians had base runners in every inning.

Hart’s Samantha Leibman, who will play softball for the University of Nebraska-Kearney next year, led the way with three hits, including a double.

The Indians lose five players who hit .350 or better to graduation in Tracy Chandless (who will play college ball at the University of North Carolina), Blake Lewis (Cal Lutheran), Julie Strange (University of Maryland), Jessica Jones and Leibman.

Lewis was also the team’s most successful pitcher this season.

“Every year it’s tough to replace the girls, especially those girls,” Calendo said. “A lot of them played varsity for at least three years. They made our program stronger. Hopefully new girls will come in and fill their shoes.”



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