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Softball: So Cal Roundup (3/17/18) Gahr Regains Form at Best of the West

Arizona-bound Vanessa Foreman of Gahr of Cerritos. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

The So Cal Roundup for Saturday, March 17.

Gahr of Cerritos entered the season with a lot of hype, but two perplexing losses early in the season dropped the Gladiators out of the So Cal Top 20.

Well, we might have to find a spot in the So Cal Top 20 after the Gladiators knocked off Santiago of Corona, 2-0, in the semifinals and Mater Dei of Santa Ana, 2-0, in the championship game of the Best of the West Tournament on Saturday at Pacifica High of Garden Grove.

Ohio University-bound Mackensie Kohl of Mater Dei of Santa Ana. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Arizona-bound Vanessa Foreman pitched a five-hit shutout with five strikeouts to lift Gahr to a victory over Mater Dei in the finals.

“It really shows that we don’t have our best days sometimes,” Foreman said, “but in the end we’ll just pull it together when it really matters.”

The Gladiators staked Foreman to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Duke-bound DJ Davis led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on Duke-commit Giselle Tapia’s single to set up a first-and-third situation. Davis ended up stealing home on a doudle steal to make it 1-0.

It looked like the Monarchs would answer right back when UCLA-bound Kelli Godin, Tennessee-commit Nyomi Jones and Notre Dame-bound Emma Clark led off the bottom of the first with consecutive infield singles, but Foreman was able to get out of the jam unscathed. Foreman only allowed Mater Dei two more base runners the rest of the game.

“I knew my defenders were going to make the plays,” Foreman said, “so it really didn’t bother me.”

Jessica Hubbard of Grand Terrace. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Gahr added an insurance run in the top of the fifth when Grace Rivera singled, stole second and scored on Davis’ RBI single to make it 2-0.

In the semifinals, Cal State Fullerton-bound Danielle Martinez pitched a two-hit shutout with one walk and five strikeouts to lead the Gladiators, ranked No. 7 in LA, past the Santiago, ranked No. 2 in the IE and No. 7 in So Cal, in the semifinals.

In other Best of the West Tournament games:

Mater Dei of Santa Ana 3, San Marcos 1: Ohio University-bound Mackensie Kohl gave up one run on seven hits and one walk with seven strikeouts to record the complete game victory as the Monarchs defeated the Knights in the semifinals.

Central Florida-bound Tera Testa doubled and scored on Notre Dame-bound Payton Tidd’s double to give San Marcos a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Mater Dei scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. The Monarchs added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Virginia-bound Donna Friedman doubled and her courtesy runner scored from third on a wild pitch.

San Marcos 3, Santiago of Corona 2: Utah State-bound Lexi Orozco connected on a walk-off two-run bomb in the bottom of the seventh to give the Knights the win over the Sharks in the third-place game. Arizona State-commit Cydney Sanders also homered for San Marcos.

Grand Terrace 8, Pacifica of Garden Grove 1: Freshman Jessica Hubbard allowed one hit and struck out nine in 4.2 scoreless innings for the Titans, ranked No. 10 in the IE, in the victory over the Mariners, ranked No. 4 in the OC.

Notre Dame-bound Payton Tidd of San Marcos. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Huntington Beach 1, Cathedral Catholic of San Diego 0: USD-bound Kelli Kufta delivered an RBI off UCLA-bound Megan Faraimo in the top of the seventh to help the Oilers, ranked No. 7 in the OC, knock off the Dons, ranked No. 1 in San Diego and No. 3 in So Cal.

Grand Terrace 5, Huntington Beach 2: Oklahoma-commit Alycia Flores went 3 for 3 with a homer and four RBI to help the Titans defeat the Oilers.

Pacifica of Garden Grove 13, Cathedral Catholic of San Diego 0: Colorado State-commit Julia Cabral threw a two-hit shutout and Alani Nguyen belted a three-run homer for the Mariners in the win over the Dons, who rested Faraimo.

Aliso Niguel of Aliso Viejo 2, Marina of Huntington Beach 1: Amanda Johnston drove in Megan Lawritson with a fielder’s choice in the top of the seventh and BYU-commit Carley Brown got the complete game win as the Wolverines, ranked No. 11 in the OC, beat the Vikings, ranked No. 12 in the OC.

Bishop Amat of La Puente 5, Corona 0: Brianna Macias pitched a four-hit shutout with two walks and one strikeout as the Lancers defeated the Panthers.

Eastlake of Chula Vista 4, Aliso Niguel of Aliso Viejo 0: Oregon State-commit Sierra Tufts allowed one hit and struck out three in three innings and Nana Fejeran allowed four hits in four innings to combine on the shutout for the Titans, ranked No. 9 in San Diego.

Tennessee-commit Nyomi Jones of Mater Dei of Santa Ana. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Murrieta Valley 5, Bishop Amat of La Puente 2: Ryann Steiner connected on a three-run bomb for the Nighthawks in the win.

Murrieta Valley 8, Corona 2

Eastlake of Chula Vista 1, Marina of Huntington Beach 0

In the TNT Tournament:

Orange Lutheran 13, Agoura 3: The Lancers, ranked No. 2 in the OC and No. 2 in So Cal, took down the Chargers, ranked No. 9 in LA, to capture the tournament title. OLu won the Dave Kops Tournament of Champions title last weekend in Bullhead City, AZ.

Grand Canyon-bound Gianna Nicoletti went 3 for 4 with a double and three RBI, LSU-commit Ciara Briggs wemt 2 for 3 with a double, Ohio State-commit Mariah Rodriguez went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBI, Kentucky-commit Victoria Fragoso went 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI and BYU-commit Taryn Lennon belted a three-run homer for the Lancers in the finals.

In the semifinals, Lennon threw a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts and she went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Mercer-commit Sarah Taylor crushed a three-run homer in OLu’s 6-0 win over Los Altos of Hacienda Heights, ranked No. 4 in LA and No. 16 in So Cal.

In the Timberwolf Classic:

Santa Margarita 7, Dana Hills of Dana Point 1: North Dakota State-bound Paige Vargas went 2 for 3 with three RBI and she pitched three scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts to get the save as the Eagles, ranked No. 4 in the OC and No. 15 in So Cal, beat the Dolphins, ranked No. 13 in the OC, in the tournament finals.

In the semifinals, Santa Margarita rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Mission Viejo, 3-2, on Vargas’ walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh.

In the High Desert Classic:

Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta 6, Sultana of Hesperia 0: Deedee Hernandez tossed a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts to lead the Falcons past the Sultans in the championship game.

Hernandez pitched a two-hitter with seven strikeouts to help Crescenta Valley pull off an 8-0 upset over Saugus, ranked No. 11 in LA, in the semifinals.

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