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CIF softball: SCCS slips to division power

Errors plague Cardinals in tough first round draw

Posted: May 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Christian softball team knew it was going to be tough today against the CIF-Southern Section Division VII No. 1-seeded Pomona Catholic.

Cardinals’ pitcher Heather McCain did her best to keep her team in it, allowing just four earned runs, but 14 errors behind her were too much to overcome in a 23-0 Pomona Catholic victory.

The loss dropped SCCS to 6-11 on the season, while the Pacers improved to 22-7.

“I was really impressed with Heather,” said SCCS head coach Ali Aguilar. “She came out knowing the situation we were in and came out battling and staying positive. She came out and probably pitched one of her best games of the year against a team of that caliber and our defense could not help her out.”

Down three players for the game, the Cardinals were forced to shift their defense around to ill effect.

SCCS struggled offensively as well against the Pacers’ dominant pitching.

Kimber Curry went 1-for-3 to mark the Cardinals’ only hit of the game.

“Their pitcher was very dominant and fast,” Aguilar said. “Probably the fastest we’ve seen next to Faith Baptist and Rolling Hills Prep.”

The Cardinals weren’t hanging their heads after the loss, though.

And considering the accomplishments of this season, there was good reason for the optimism.

The Cardinals made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and won their first playoff game for the first time in 10 years when they defeated Bethel Christian of Riverside on Tuesday in the wild-card round.

“They knew coming into the game it was going to be a tough one,” Aguilar said. “It would have been a David vs. Goliath. It would have been a tremendous win but they know how far we’ve gone. It was definitely a successful season for us.”



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