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Softball: So Cal Roundup (4/19/18) Matadores Take Control in Suburban League

Djhane Valido of La Mirada. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

The So Cal Roundup for Thursday, April 19.

Every time Mayfair of Lakewood tried to get even with La Mirada, Djhane Valido responded with an answer.

Valido put the nail in the coffin with a fifth-inning grand slam to center field to lead La Mirada to an 11-6 Suburban League victory over the Monsoons on Thursday at La Mirada High.

La Mirada, ranked No. 19 in Los Angeles by So Cal Sidelines, got off to its usual slow start after loading the bases with one out in the first inning and surrendering the first run of the game after Matadores pitcher Alexis Bonilla hit Hailey Davis, which sent Sydney Soto home, but Mayfair (13-5, 5-2) left the bases loaded after scoring one run in the inning.

Valido made Mayfair pay thanks to a lead-off home run to left field to tie the game. The home run was the second lead-off home run on the season for Valido. La Mirada (14-9, 5-2) batted around, scoring five runs thanks to two Mayfair errors and a miscue on a bases-loaded ground out to the mound by Lilliana Orozco, which scored Savannah Adams after the Monsoons forgot about Adams at third base.

“I don’t know what it is,” La Mirada coach Brent Tuttle said. “It seems like our first innings have been like that. We gave up four in the first against Cerritos and we battled back to tie. I don’t know if it’s a mindset, but I don’t like to be the team to be behind, but these kids know when they’re behind that we can get back into it. I have to go back and look, but I don’t know how many times we have won the first inning. That’s tough, especially when you start seeing tougher teams. Our kids battled the rest of the way.”

Mayfair fired back in the second inning, loading the bases again and Haylee Ridge made sure the runners didn’t end up stranded. Ridge doubled to center field to clear the bases, cutting the Matadores lead to one.

La Mirada added a run on a RBI single by Adams, but the Monsoons kept their pace again thanks to a solo home run to center field by Sarah Clausen to make it 6-5 after four innings.

Valido put Mayfair away once and for all in the next inning. The Matadores loaded the bases with one out after another infield error prevented a potential inning ending double play. Valido drilled a grand slam to make it 10-5, knocking the air out of Mayfair’s sails.

“I feel like we did a good job getting base runners on,” Mayfair coach Erin Brown said. “Unfortunately, we missed on some timely hits. We weren’t consistent. We had some physical errors and we don’t typically make a lot of those and today we did. Unfortunately for us, if we could have just made some routine plays we could have been out of innings in some key situations. I don’t know how many errors we had, maybe four or five.”

Both teams would add a run each, including a monstrous solo home run by Maya Martinez in the sixth inning. Bonilla only gave up one run after the second inning to get the win thanks to the run support led by Valido’s bat, who extended her hitting streak to 12 games.

“We just really wanted this as a team,” Valido said. “It was a team effort. All the girls came together and we all worked hard for this game. We really wanted this game after we lost at Mayfair. It was just a big team effort and we wanted it equally. We all know what we wanted and we wanted to win no matter what we did in the last game or what we want to do in the next game. This was the win that we wanted.”

Soto went 2 for 4, Ridge went 2 for 2 with a three-run double and two walks, Clausen went 2 for 4 with a double and a solo home run and Skylar Swearingen drew the loss for the Monsoons, who host John Glenn of Norwalk next Thursday.

“We have to remain confident like the team that we are,” Brown said. “With the progress that we made so far this season. I was telling the girls that this game doesn’t define us. We have made big strides this season and yeah they (La Mirada) walked away with a victory, but we’re dead even. This puts us in a good spot and we’re still in contention for first place just like La Mirada and Cerritos. We just have to take it one game at a time and handles while La Mirada can do us a favor and take care of Cerritos so we can all sit in a three-way tie.”

Valido went 2 for 3 with two home runs and five RBI, Martinez went 3 for 4 with a solo home run, two doubles and two RBI, Adams went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI, Dominique Ford went 2 for 4 with an RBI double and Bonilla threw a complete game with three strikeouts for La Mirada, which travels to Artesia of Lakewood on Tuesday.

“We have to do the same thing,” Valido said. “We have to practice and have the same mind set for every single game. We need to want every single win that we can get. We have to play our best as a team. It’s basically our mind set every single game.”

In the Avocado-East North County League:

San Marcos 10, Rancho Buena Vista of Vista 1: Maddie Helms went 2 for 4 with a homer and four RBI, Mia Cunning went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two runs and Longwood-bound Madi Blair went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and four RBI as the Knights (17-2, 4-0), ranked No. 2 in San Diego and No. 6 in So Cal, beat the Longhorns (10-7, 2-1), ranked No. 11 in San Diego.

In the Coastal Canyon League:

Camarillo 14, Oak Park 1

In the Channel League:

Buena of Ventura 3m Dos Pueblos of Goleta 2

In the Crestview League:

Yorba Linda 12, Canyon of Anaheim 2: Shelby Knutsen belted wo homers, including a grand slam, to lead the Mustangs (11-6, 2-0), ranked No. 13 in the OC, past the Comanches (8-13, 1-2).

El Modena of Orange 6, Foothill of Santa Ana 4: Danielle Nii went 2 for 3 with a double, a homer and two RBI for the Vanguards (10-12, 1-1).

In the Del Rio League:

La Serna of Whittier 4, Whittier 2

In the Empire League:

Kennedy of La Palma 5, Pacifica of Garden Grove 4: Khloe Lilavois drove in the tying run with asingle and Madelyn Matsubara drove in the winning run with a single as the Fighting Irish (12-5, 4-0), ranked No. 17 in the OC, rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off win over the Mariners (13-8, 2-2), ranked No. 9 in the OC.

Valencia of Placentia 3, Tustin 2: Boise State-commit Lauren Salcedo threw a four-hitter to get the complete game win and Kyra Little went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI for the Tigers (9-11, 4-0), ranked No. 18 in the OC.

In the Foothill League:

Saugus 7, Hart of Newhall 1: Tennessee-commit McKenna Gibson, Makayla Lopez and UC Davis-commit Libbie McMahon all homered to power the Centurions (13-6, 2-2), ranked No. 16 in LA.

Valencia of Magic Mountain 5, Golden Valley of Santa Clarita 3

Canyon of Canyon Country 6, West Ranch of Valencia 1

In the Freeway League:

Sunny Hills of Fullerton 3, Sonora of La Habra 0: Tennessee Chattanooga-bound Mariah Ramirez pitched a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and Taylor Okada went 2 for 3 with a solo blast as the Lancers (16-3, 4-0), ranked No. 6 in the OC and No. 20 in So Cal, defeated the Raiders (16-4, 2-0), ranked No. 15 in the OC.

Troy of Fullerton 4, Fullerton 1: Jocelyn Alcala, Anjulie Sharma and Bella Hanson all homered for the Warriors (15-7, 2-2) in the win over the Indians (14-7, 2-2), ranked No. 14 in the OC.

La Habra 10, Buena Park 0

In the Gold Coast League:

Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth 13, Crossroads of Santa Monica 0: CarlyBeard went 2 for 2 with a homer and three RBI and Sacramento State-bound Alyssa Nunez tossed a no-hitter for the Trailblazers (8-4, 6-1).

In the Hacienda League:

Los Altos of Hacienda Heights 4, Chino 1: Ole Mioss-bound Savannah Diederich tossed a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Kelly Monroe went 2 for 3 with two RBI for the Conquerors (20-2, 4-0), ranked No. 2 in LA and No. 7 in So Ca.

In the Inland Valley League:

Valley View of Moreno Valley 10, Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley 5: Nina Gamez went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs and two RBI and Elizabeth Feld went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBI for the Eagles (9-13, 2-3), ranked No. 19 in the IE.

In the Marine League:

Carson 10, Narbonne of Harbor City 0: Ashley Wies and Jaclyn Gonzalez combined on a one-hitter and Natalia Davila went 2 for 2 with a homer and five RBI for the Colts (17-7, 6-0).

In the Marmonte League:

Oaks Christian of Westlake Village 5, Newbury Park 4

Thousand Oaks 3, Calabasas 2

Westlake of Westlake Village 5, Agoura 4

In the Metro Mesa League:

Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista 10, Otay Ranch of Chula Vista 0

Olympian of Chula Vista 12, Hilltop of Chula Vista 4

In the Mountain Pass League:

Beaumont 21, Citrus Hill of Perris 2: Aubrey Slider went 4 for 5 with a double, a triple, four runs and six RBI for the Cougars (12-7, 4-0), ranked No. 18 in the IE.

In the Mt. Baldy League:

Don Lugo of Chino 11, Colony of Ontario 1

In The North Hills League:

Esperanza of Anaheim 6, Villa Park 3: San Jose State-bound Chrys Hildebrand went 2 for 3 witha double, a homer and two RBI and she threw a seven-hitter with nine strikeouts for the Aztecs (15-4, 2-0), ranked No. 5 in the OC and No. 12 in So Cal.

El Dorado of Placentia 6, Brea Olina 1: Raquel Reyes pitched a three-hitter with nine strikeouts and Jordan Westerfield went 1 for 2 with two rBI to lead the Golden Hawks (11-7, 1-1).

In the Pacific League:

Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta 32, Pasadena 0

In the Palomares League:

South Hills of West Covina 7, Diamond Bar 5: TheHuskies scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh, including Felicia De La Torre’s walk-off three-run double to give South Hills (14-5-1, 7-2) the win over the Brahmas (6-9, 5-4).

In the Palomar North County League:

Poway 11, Del Norte of San Diego 2: Stanford-commit Sydney Steele went 2 for 4 with three RBI, Hawaii-bound Taylor Riley went 3 for 4 with a homer, UCLA-bound Colleen Sullivan went 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Nora Ward went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Abby Kowalski went 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Titans (16-3-1, 4-0), ranked No. 3 in San Diego.

Rancho Bernardo of San Diego 10, Mt. Carmel of San Diego 7: Heather Menzer went 4 for 4 with a double, two runs and four RBI and Bayleigh Hubbard went 3 for 3 with a homer and two RBI as the Broncos (11-7, 4-0) knocked off the Sundevils (13-4, 2-2), ranked No. 9 in San Diego.

In the San Andreas League:

Jurupa Hills of Fontana 18, Arroyo Valley of San Bernardino 0

In the San Gabriel Valley League:

Gahr of Cerritos 10, Paramount 0: Arizona-bound Vanessa Foreman threw a four-hitter with eight strikeouts, Sydni Jones went 2 for 4 with a run and two RBI and Duke-bound DJ Davis went 1 for 4 with two RBI to propel the Gladiators (16-4, 4-0), ranked No. 1 in LA and No. 3 in So Cal.

In the Sea View League:

Dana Hills of Dana Point 4, Tesoro of Rancho Santa Margarita 0

In the South Coast League:

Laguna Hills 4, San Clemente 2: Carolina Buffaloe went 2 for 3 with two RBI, Alex Valencia and Presbyterian College-bound Taylor Ward both drove in runs and UC Riverside-bound Megan Casper got the complete game win for the Hawks (10-6, 2-2), ranked No. 20 in the OC.

Aliso Niguel of Aliso Viejo 16, Capistrano Valley of Mission Viejo 3: Lindsay Altfillisch went 3 for 4 with a double, a run and four RBI and Amanda Johnston went 2 for 5 with a run and four RBI for the Wolverines (17-5, 4-0), ranked No. 7 in the OC.

In the Southwestern League:

Great Oak of Temecula 6, Temecula Valley 1: New Mexico State-bound Mata Faapito hit a two-run bomb and LMU-commit Paulina Johnson threw a three-hitter with six strikeouts for the Wolfpack (16-3, 4-0), ranked No. 4 inthe IE and No. 14 in So Cal.

Murrieta Mesa 3, Vista Murrieta 0: Idaho State-bound Autumn Peasetossed a five-hitter with 13 strikeouts for the Rams (16-6, 4-0), ranked No. 3 in the IE and No. 13 in So Cal, in the win over the Broncos (11-10, 1-3), ranked No. 12 in the IE.

In the Suburban League:

Cerritos 12, Glenn of Norwalk 0: Biola-bound Jennifer Morinishi threw a one-hitter with seven strikeouts for the Dons (13-4, 7-0), ranked No. 17 in LA.

In the Sunset League:

Los Alamitos 11, Newport Harbor of Newport Beach 0: Brianna Jewett, Laura Henriksen, Bailey Taylor and Tyler Denhart combined on a no-hitter and Carly Robbins went 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBI for the Griffins (21-1-, 5-0), ranked No. 2 in the OC and No. 5 in So Cal.

Huntington Beach 3, Edison of Huntington Beach 0: North Carloina State-commit Devyn Greer struck out three in 6.2 scoreless innings and Kelli Kufta hit a two-run homer to lift the Oilers (13-6, 4-1), ranked No. 4 in the OC and No. 11 in So Cal, over the Chargers (11-7, 3-2), ranked No. 16 in the OC.

Marina of Huntington Beach 6, Fountain Valley 1: Emily Rush threw a three-hitter with six strikeouts and Cal State Northridge-commit Shayla Thomas had a two-run single for the Vikings (10-10, 1-3), ranked No. 19 in the OC.

In nonleague games:

Steele Canyon of Spring Valley 10, Valhalla of El Cajon 5: Jessica Venzor went 3 for 4 with a double, a triple, three runs and three RBI for the Cougars (15-6), ranked No. 14 in San Diego.

Southwest of El Centro 4, La Quinta 0: Sadriena Rodriguez threw a two-hitter with seven strikeouts to lift the Eagles (18-5), ranked No. 19 in San Diego.

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