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Softball: So Cal Roundup (4/13/18) Hansen Remains On Fire For Norco

Oklahoma-commit Kinzie Hansen of Norco. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.


The So Cal Roundup for Friday, April 13.


It is very rare for Washington-committed pitcher Sarah Willis to have an off game on the mound, but her catcher was there to pick her up with her bat.

Oklahoma-committed catcher Kinzie Hansen had a two-run double and a three-run home run while freshman Stevie Hansen (no relation to Kinzie) pitched five scorelss innings of relief to lead Norco to a 7-5 Big VIII League victory over Santiago of Corona on Friday at Santiago High.

Norco, ranked No. 1 in the Inland Empire and No. 4 in So Cal by So Cal Sidelines, jumped on UCLA-committed freshman Savannah Hooks from the start of the game by loading up the bases on the first three batters. Hansen doubled to right to knock in the games first two runs. Ole Miss-bound Mikayla Allee scored from third on a wild pitch and pinch runner Megan Forbes scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Ole Miss-commit Paige Smith to make it 4-0 for Norco (17-2, 3-0).

The Sharks (11-11, 0-3), ranked No. 7 in the IE, cut Norco’s lead in half in the bottom half of the second inning, but Hansen added some insurance runs in the third thanks to her mammoth three-run home run to left field to make it 7-2.

Santiago would stay with Norco after scoring on a bases-loaded walk followed by a two-run single to center from Maile Olsen to make it 7-5. The freshman, Hansen, would come in to pitch for Norco and keep the Sharks from crossing home plate the rest of the game.

“It was all about the depth last year,” Kinzie Hansen said. “Last year, Taylor (Dockins) threw most of the games and she did amazing. I think with Sarah coming in and taking that spot along with Stevie coming in as a freshman, whose done a great job, they’re two totally different pitchers that kind of threw them off and shut them down. That definitely shut it down for us and we needed that.”

Oregon State-commit Shelby Macias came in for Hooks and only allowed one hit in five innings of relief while striking out five, but Santiago left eight runners on base in key situations, including a line drive to Allee at short, who doubled up UCLA-commit Estella Bennett at first base to end the sixth inning.

“I think when we had runners on in key situations, instead of hitting it hard on the ground, we popped up with the wind today,” Santiago coach Brittney Gossett said. “We have to make adjustments to stay on top of the ball. All year when you look at our schedule, we have played nothing but the best. We have a few losses here and there, but I feel like today we found ourselves. It sucks that we lost, but Santiago softball found who they are and who this team is. You can expect us to fight the rest of this way out.”

Santiago’s tough schedule prepared Sharks for big games like this, but they ran into one of the hottest hitters in So Cal who has been unstoppable since the Michelle Carew Classic. Hansen’s performance today was no different from the last several games.

“Kinzie had a great day, but Kinzie has also been hot lately,” Norco coach Rick Robinson said. “I think she has been hitting almost .800 in her last 20 at-bats and she’s driving in runs. All that while a freshman coming in this environment is tough.”

UAB-commit Sierra Frazier went 2 for 4 with a double for Santiago, which hosts Roosevelt of Eastvale, ranked No. 11 in the IE, on Wednesday.

“It’s going to be the same as every game,” Gossett said. “We have to worry about ourselves and control what we can control. It’s not about who we are playing, but what we are going to do and how we are going to control that.”

Bryant-bound Toni Camarillo went 2 for 4 and Hansen threw 4.2 innings of relief to get Willis the victory for Norco, which hosts Centennial of Corona, ranked No. 17 in the IE, on Wednesday.

“We just have to stay focused on our energy,” Kinzie said. “Last week, we didn’t have any energy in the beginning (of the game), but we had it in the end and this week we had it in the beginning, but not in the end. We have to figure out a way to have it all the way through. Their pitcher is really good, she pitches for one of the Athletics(-Mercado) teams. She’s more of a drop ball pitcher than change-ups, so I think we just have to work out on that and stay with ourselves.”

By MANNY ALVAREZ


In the Baseline League:


Upland 12, St. Lucy’s of Glendora 7: Marisa Caballero went 3 for 4 with a homer, three runs and two RBI, Sam Martinez went 3 for 3 with three runs and an RBI, Natalia Lira went 2 for 3 with two runs and three RBI, Bethune Cookman-bound Tyani Lowe went 2 for 4 with two RBI and Abby Thompson went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI as the Scots (12-3-1, 2-0), ranked No. 5 in the IE and No. 20 in So Cal, pounded out 15 hits in the win over the Regents (8-10, 0-2), ranked No. 20 in LA.


In the Big VIII League:


King of Riverside 3, Roosevelt of Eastvale 0: Sophomore Amiyah Aponte tossed a three-hitter with eight strikeouts, Arkansas-bound Larissa Cesena went 3 for 4 with a double and Megan White and Tiffany Iliff had doubles to lift the Wolves (13-4, 2-1), ranked No. 6 in the IE, over the Mustangs (8-11, 1-2), ranked No. 11 in the IE.

Corona 4, Centennial of Corona 3: The Panthers (2-9, 1-2) upset the Huskies (11-5, 2-1), ranked No. 17 in the IE.


In the Citrus Belt League:


Yucaipa 6, Redlands 5: Esperanza Coe belted a two-run homer in the top of the 10th and the Thunderbirds (14-6, 4-1), ranked No. 9 in the IE, held on for the extra-inning win over the Terriers (11-10, 4-2).

Redlands East Valley 10, Carter of Rialto 0: Madison Ferrao tossed a two-hitter with two strikeouts in five innings and went 2 for 2 with a homer and two RBI and MacKenzie San Pedro went 3 for 3 with a double, a homer, two runs and three RBI for the Wildcats (13-5, 5-0), ranked No. 8 in the IE.


In the City-Eastern League:


Clairemont of San Diego 5, Our Lady of Peace of San Diego 1: Maddy Taylor went 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI, Samantha Jameson homered and San Diego Christian College-bound Maddy Jacobs went 2 for 3 with an RBI and threw a five-hitter with 12 strikeouts for the Chieftains (11-2, 3-0), ranked No. 5 in San Diego.


In the City-Western League:


Cathedral Catholic of San Diego 11, Patrick Henry of San Diego 0: Long Beach State-bound Jacey Bourgeois went 3 for 4 with two triples and five RBI, Jayden Cunningham went 3 for 4 and UCLA-signee Megan Faraimo got the shutout for the Dons (14-3, 1-0), ranked No. 1 in San Diego and No. 1 in So Cal.


In the Express League:


Connelly of Anaheim 13, Lutheran of La Verne 1: Winning pitchher Aimee Jimenez went 4 for 4 with seven RBI and sophomore Noelle Mourani went 4 for 4 with four runs for the Koalas (7-1, 4-0).


In the Grossmont Hills League:


Santana of Santee 8, Grossmont of El Cajon 7: Florida International-commit Madison Mendez went 3 for 4 with an RBI, Joey Barkhimer went 3 for 4 with a double and a run, Emma Leggett went 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI and Stephen F. Austin State-bound Mackenzie Bennett had an RBI double as the Sultans (14-3, 2-0), ranked No. 8 in San Diego, held on, while the Foothillers (12-7, 0-2), ranked No. 16 in San Diego, nearly erased a five-run deficit.

Granite Hills of El Cajon 7, Steele Canyon of Spring Valley 0: USD-commit Catie Dobbs pitched a one-hitter with four walks and 12 strikeouts, Cal State Fullerton-commit Staci Chambers went 2 for 2 with a triple, a homer and two RBI and Sydney Huse went 2 for 4 with a double, a run and two RBI to lead the Eagles (10-6, 1-0), ranked No. 20 in San Diego, past the Cougars (13-5, 1-1), ranked No. 12 in San Diego.


In the Grossmont Valley League:


El Capitan of Lakeside 28, Mount Miguel of Spring Valley 2: Hannah Davis went 4 for 5 with four runs and five RBI, Madison Rosalis went 5 for 5 with a homer, five runs and three RBI, Alexa Williams went 3 for 4 with five RBI and Allyson VonYokes went 4 for 6 with a double, two runs and four RBI for the Vaqueros (8-4-1, 2-0).


In the Mt. Baldy League:


Don Lugo of Chino 7, Alta Loma 1: Ciara Rizo went 2 for 4 with a double, a homer and two RBI, Anjaly Cruz went 3 for 4 with two RBI and Madison Flexser went 3 for 4 with a homer as the Conquistadores (9-5, 4-2) defeated the Braves (11-4, 6-1), ranked No. 20 in the IE.


In the Orange Coast League:


Godinez of Santa Ana 16, Laguna Beach 0: Natalie Carlos threw a two-hitter with five strikeouts in five innings and went 2 for 3 with a homer, Isabel Lopez went 2 for 2 with a double, Nebraska-commit Keana Pola went 2 for 4 with a triple, a homer and four RBI, Sami Villanueva went 3 for 4 with a double and four RBI and Andrea Udriarte went 2 for 3 witha double for the Grizzlies (11-4, 2-0).


In the Pioneer League:


North Torrance 15, Leuzinger of Lawndale 5: Lianna Liebsack went 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBI and Makayla Aldape went 2 for 3 with five RBI for the Saxons (13-7, 1-1), ranked No. 12 in LA.


In the Sunkist League:


Grand Terrace 14, Summit of Fontana 3


In the Trinity League:


Santa Margarita 7, Rosary Academy of Fullerton 3: Penn-commit Julia Mortimer and Cadie Williams had RBI triples, Melanie Santos had an RBI single and Angie Yellen had an RBI double during a four-run rally in the top of the 13th to help the Eagles (17-2, 1-1) pull out a victory over the Royals (5-13, 0-2).

North Dakota State-bound Paige Vargas allowed seven hitsm two earned runs, three walks and struck out a school-record 21 in 13 innings to go the distance and pick up the win for Santa Margarita.

“I think we just had a hard time adjusting in the beginning and getting runners over,” Vargas said. “I knew we were going to win since we tend to pull out the craziest comebacks, but I pitched my heart out for my teammates and they helped me with the offense. This definitely was a team effort and I’m very proud to have these girls on my team.”

Orange Lutheran 14, JSerra of San Juan Capistrano 0: BYU-commit Taryn Lennon picked up her 10th win and the Lancers (20-2, 1-0), ranked No. 1 in the OC and No. 2 in So Cal, pounded out 18 hits.


In the North County Tournament:


Del Norte of San Diego 17, Carlsbad 7: Oregon State-commit Val Pero went 3 for 3 with two home runs and six RBI to help the Nighthawks (8-8) knock off the Lancers (6-3-1), ranked No. 7 in San Diego.


In the Falcon Fiesta Tournament:


Otay Ranch of Chula Vista 18, El Camino of Oceanside 4: Jessica Bachtel went 2 for 4 with two doubles, three runs and two RBI, Kassy Solis went 2 for 4 with three runs and an RBI, Kameryn Ishikawa went 2 for 3 with three runs, Natalia Ojeda went 3 for 4 with a double, a run and two RBI and Briana Solis went 2 for 4 with a double, three runs and two RBI for the Mustangs (7-7-1).


In a nonleague game:


West Torrance 3, Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach 2: Whittier College-bound Brianna Magee had a two-run double to highlight a three-run rally in the bottom of the fifth as the Warriors (19-2), ranked No. 6 in LA, erased a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Mustangs (8-8-1).

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