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Softball: So Cal Roundup (4/27/18) North Ends West’s 15-Game Win Streak

Cal State Stanislaus-bound Kyndra Marzorini of North Torrance. Photo/Manny Alvarez.

In order to end a streak, you have to start a streak of your own.

After giving up a run with two outs in the top of the first inning, Cal State Stanislaus-bound Kyndra Marzorini retired 14 batters in a row to lead North Torrance, ranked No. 20 in LA by So Cal Sidelines, to a 4-2 Pioneer League victory over West Torrance, ranked No. 6 in LA and No. 17 in So Cal, on Friday at North Torrance High.

The loss ended West Torrance’s 15-game winning streak. Not only was their winning streak over, but the loss put them in a tie for first in the Pioneer League with North, which lost to West, 5-3, on April 11. The Saxons have won three straight.

UC Davis-bound Sommer Kisling reached on an infield error, advances to second base on a sacrafice and scored on a single to center by Louisville-bound Becca Chung for a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Warriors (22-3, 4-1) couldn’t figure out Marzorini for the rest of the game.

“I just got in the zone,” Marzorini said. “I just knew we had a lot of game to go. I really relied on my defense. They’ve been working really hard these past few weeks for this game. They really pulled it together today.”

North took advantage on offense with Marzorini keeping the Warriors on lockdown. North sent nine batters to the plate in the second inning and loaded the bases with two outs for Makayla Andape after a mental error put Giselle Gonzalez at first base. Andape drew a walk, sending pinch runner Cynthia Guerrero home to tie the game. Marissa Garza gave the Saxons (18-9, 4-1) the lead with a two-run double to center. They never gave the lead back.

“We are really happy that Kyndra was on her game,” North coach Howard Miller said. “She’s been doing real well. We manufactured some runs and hung on for the win.”

West put themselves in more trouble in the fifth inning thanks to Andape’s lead-off single to left. Andape moved to second on a sacrafice by Garza. Andape moved to third base on a wild pitch with Bella Gonzalez at the plate. Gonzalez drew a walk to put runners at the corners for Marzorini. Gonzalez attempted to take second base and made it after a bad throw from Chung went into the outfield, sending Andape home to make it 4-1.

The Warriors added one more run in the sixth inning thanks to an RBI single to center from Idaho State-bound Mailee Newman that scored Maica Ingles, who was the Warriors first runner on base since the first inning with a single to center, but it that was as close as West could get with three games to go in the regular season.

“We didn’t play defense,” West coach Jason Belcher said. “We came in and told everyone that they had to beat us and if we played our game, we would be fine. We let it get away in the second inning. We weren’t aggressive, we were back on our heels on defense and you saw what happened. One mistake leads to another mistake. The balls weren’t hit very hard. We just didn’t take care of ourselves today. They had to win and they did what they had to do. They executed better than we did, bottom line.”

All of West’s hits went to center field. Newman went 2 for 3 with an RBI, and she started in the circle, striking out six in six innings with five hits and two walks to draw the loss for the Warriors, wo host South Torrance, ranked No. 10 in LA, next Friday. South (18-6, 3-2) is a game behind North and West in the Pioneer League.

“We have to just stick to the game plan,” Belcher said. “Again, we can’t beat ourselves. It sounds cliche, but that’s really what happened. Realistically, the game might be 2-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. I don’t think they hit a ball hard all day long. Bottom line, we didn’t take care of ourselves. That’s what ultimately costed us the game.”

Garza drove in two runs and got the game’s only extra base hit. Marzorini went 1 for 3 and threw a complete game, striking out four, walking one and giving up four hits to get the win for North, which heads to Leuzinger of Lawndale on Wednesday with control of its own destiny.

“We definitely have to stay focused,” Marzorini said. “We just have to keep doing what we have been doing. We have to practice a lot and be ready.”



KasidyNowakowski of Mira Mesa of San Diego. Photo/The Next Level.

In the last meeting, Mira Mesa of San Diego made several errors that turned a close game into a big win for Clairemont of San Diego.

This time, it was the Chieftains’ turn.

Seven errors by Clairemont, including three in the bottom of the seventh inning, handed Mira Mesa a 5-4 victory over the Chieftains, ranked No. 6 in the San Diego, in the City-Eastern League.

A walk by starting pitcher Kasidy Nowakawski started the seventh. Two errors and a force out at the plate set the stage for the win.

“That was a weird game,” Nowakawski said. “We’ve done that before a few times in the seventh inning this year. I don’t know what it is about the seventh. I guess we want to make things interesting. We just didn’t want what happened last time to happen again.”

The Marauders (12-7-1, 3-3), who were hitting .368 as a team coming into the game, lost the first meeting, 8-1, on Apr. 11 at Clairemont, but survived a 4-0 deficit after three innings this time.

An unearned run in the third and another in the fourth inning sliced the lead by Clairemont (14-4, 4-1) to 4-2.

“After we scored two runs, we knew it would be different this time,” Nowkawski said. “We made sure we were ready coming into this game.”

Nowakawski, who walked four batters, allowed just three hits during the final four scoreless innings, although she did not strike out a single batter.

Normally, she’s an outfielder who was pressed into the pitching circle because the team needed pitching help.

“Coach knew I pitched a little before,” Nowakawski said. “I kind of got volunteered for the job.”

Thanks to her perseverance, the Marauders still have a chance in the City-Eastern League race.

Sophomore Kayla Stanley, the catcher, led the eight-hit attack against San Diego Christian College-bound Maddy Jacobs of Clairemont, who had held opponents to a .173 batting average, with a 2 for 3 outing.

Freshman shortstop Michelle Widneski drove in two runs for Mira Mesa, the only two RBI the Marauders had in the game.

Maddie Taylor was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Erika Anders was 2 for 4 for the Chieftains. Clairemont had won the last three meetings with Mira Mesa.


The So Cal Roundup for Friday, April 27.

UMass Amherst-bound Dani Ellis of Rancho Buena of Vista. Photo/Rancho Buena Vista Softball.

In the Avocado-East League:

Rancho Buena Vista of Vista 12, El Camino of Oceanside 2: Kaylee Hull went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a homer and three RBI, Arizona-commit Farrah Steffany went 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two RBI, Shealee Perkins went 1 for 2 with a double, a run and three RBI and UMass Amherst-bound Dani Ellis went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBI for the Longhorns (13-8, 5-1), ranked No. 13 in San Diego.

In the Avocado-West League:

Carlsbad 10, Canyon Crest Academy of San Diego 0: Laurel Moody went 2 for 4 with three RBI, Marisa Hensch went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs and two RBI, Audrey Sumitra doubled and drove in two runs and Maele Hensch threw a four-hit shutout with three strikeouts for the Lancers (10-4-1, 5-0), ranked No. 14 in San Diego.

Notre Dame-commit Rachel Allen of Palos Verdes. Photo/ONDeck Softball.

In the Bay League:

Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates 4, Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach 3: Jasmine Nguyen doubled and Nicole Hay drove her in with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to give the Panthers (10-13, 4-3) the victory over the Mustangs (14-11-1, 4-2), ranked No. 19 in LA.

Palos Verdes 17, Inglewood 0: Notre Dame-commit Rachel Allen homered and drove in four runs and Jillian Saputo went 2 for 3 with two doubles, two runs and four RBI for the Sea Kings (10-8, 5-1).

LMU-bound Sierra Marshall of Norco. Photo/@estevedoi.

In the Big VIII League:

Norco 6, King of Riverside 1: Washington-commit Sarah Willis had a two-run double and allowed one hit, no earned runs and struck out five to pick up the win as the Cougars (21-3, 7-0), ranked No. 1 in the IE and No. 6 in So Cal, defeated the Wolves (18-6, 6-3), ranked No. 5 in the IE and No. 19 in So Cal.

LMU-bound Sierra Marshall went 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI, Ole Miss-commit Paige Smith had an RBI double and Nicole Rodriguez had a two-run double for Norco.

Santiago of Corona 11, Centennial of Corona 3: Oregon-commit Hanna Delgado went 3 for 4 with an RBI, UAB-bound Sierra Frazier went 3 for 4, Utah Valley-bound Karleigh Olsen went 2 for 3 and Oregon State-commit Shelby Macias picked up the win for the Sharks (16-11, 4-3), ranked No. 9 in the IE.

Roosevelt of Eastvale 10, Corona 6

San Jose State-bound Jenessa Ullegue of Buena of Ventura. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

In the Channel League:

Buena of Ventura 6, San Marcos of Santa Barbara 0: San Jose State-bound Jenessa Ullegue tossed a two-hitter with two walks and five strikeouts as the Bulldogs (17-5, 8-0), ranked No. 7 in LA, defeated the Royals (15-7, 7-3).

In the Citrus Belt League:

Stanford-commit Sydnee Huff of Yucaipa. Photo/@sydneehuff.

Redlands East Valley 8, AB Miller of Fontana 0: Eve Harvey went 3 for 3 with two runs and three RBI and combined with Madison Ferrao on a four-hit shutout for the Wildcats (16-6, 8-1), ranked No. 10 in the IE.

Yucaipa 7, Cajon of San Bernardino 0: Stanford-commit Sydnee Huff went 2 for 3 with two doubles, a run and an RBI, Hailey Erickson went 3 for 3 with a run, Brianna Martinez tripled and drove in two runs and Esperanza Coe threw a six-hit shutout with eight strikeouts for the Thunderbirds (18-6, 8-1), ranked No. 8 in the IE.

Redlands 14, Eisenhower of Rialto 2: Jacey Leyvas went 4 for 4 with a double, a triple, two runs and three RBI and Paige Baca went 2 for 4 with a homer and four RBI for the Terriers (14-11, 7-3), ranked No. 16 in the IE.

In the City-Eastern League:

Serra of San Diego 8, Christian of El Cajon 7: Dominique Aulds went 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI and Tyler Samuelson went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI to help the Conquistadores (8-14, 3-3) knock off the Patriots (11-10, 2-4).

UCLA-bound Megan Faraimo of Cathedral Catholic of San Diego. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

In the City-Western League:

Cathedral Catholic of San Diego 5, Point Loma of San Diego 0: UCLA-bound Megan Faraimo pitched a no-hitter with one walk and 16 strikeouts to lead the Dons (19-3, 4-0), ranked No. 1 in San Diego and No. 1 in So Cal, to their 34th consecutive league victory. Faraimo has three no-hitters and three perfect games on the season.

In the Coastal Canyon League:

Royal of Simi Valley 7, Simi Valley 3: Bailey Clifton went 3 for 3 with a triple, a run and three RBI and Vinessa Nunez went 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBI for the Highlanders (14-6, 5-3).

In the East Valley League:

Poly of Sun Valley 16, Grant of Van Nuys 0: Jazelle Salguero went 2 for 4 with a double, a run and three RBI, Natalie Topete went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs and two RBI, Ruby Melendez went 1 for 4 with three runs and an RBI and Vivian Little went 3 for 4 with a triple, three runs and two RBI for the Parrots (20-6, 9-1).

Stephen F. Austin State-bound Mackenzie Bennett of Santana of Santee. Photo/T. Ryan Photography.

In the Grossmont Hills League:

Santana of Santee 8, West Hills of Santee 3: Stephen F. Austin State-bound Mackenzie Bennett went 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBI for the Sultans (18-5, 4-1), ranked No. 9 in San Diego, in the victory over the Wolf Pack (8-9, 1-4).

Grossmont of El Cajon 5, Steele Canyon of Spring Valley 4: Samaria Roope and Aly Allmann had RBI singles and Jamie Medlin drove in a run with a sacrifice fly during a three-run rally in the top of the sixth to lift the Foothillers (18-8, 2-3), ranked No. 10 in San Diego, over the Cougars (15-9, 1-4), ranked No. 16 in San Diego.

In the Grossmont Valley League:

El Capitan of Lakeside 6, Helix of La Mesa 0: Madisyn Weiher went 1 for 4 with a double, a run and three RBI and Kylie Mead tossed a no-hitter with two walks and eighth strikeouts for the Vaqueros (11-6-1, 4-1).

In the Imperial Valley League:

Central of El Centro 9, Holtville 1: Jessica Acosta went 2 for 5 with a run and two RBI and Janyssa Martin went 1 for 3 with two runs and four RBI and allowed threehits, one run and struckout 8 in six innings to pick up the win for the Spartans (16-6, 8-0), ranked No. 20 in San Diego.

Southwest of El Centro 3, Brawley 0: Adriana Molina went 3 for 4 with a run, Iliana Manzano went 1 for 4 with two RBI, Madeline Jungers went 2 for 2 with an RBI and Sadriena Rodriguez threw a five-hit shutout with three walks and eight strikeouts to lead the Eagles (20-6, 7-2) past the Wildcats (17-9, 5-4), ranked No. 8 in San Diego.

Texas A&M-commit Ashley Daugherty of Templeton. Photo/

In the Los Padres League:

Templeton 4, Santa Ynez 0: Katie Murphee went 3 for 4 with a double, a homer and two runs, Ashley Ingle went 2 for 4 with three RBI and Texas A&M-commit Ashley Daugherty tossed a one-hitter with one walk and 18 strikeouts to pick up the win for the Eagles (18-0, 10-0).

In the Orange Coast League:

Godinez of Santa Ana 14, Estancia of Costa Mesa o: Airilin Ramirez continued her dominance of the Eagles (11-6, 2-3) throwing another perfect game with six strikeouts in five innings to lead the Grizzlies (15-4, 6-0).

Utah-commit Alicia Estrada of Rio Mesa of Oxnard. Photo/Marvin Jimenez.

In the Pacific View League:

Rio Mesa of Oxnard 20, Pacifica of Oxnard 0: Kianna Abellera went 3 for 5 with a double, three runs and four RBI and Utah-commit Alicia Estrada threw a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts in five innings for the Spartans (20-6, 10-0), ranked No. 5 in LA and No. 16 in So Cal.

In the Pioneer League:

South Torrance 14, Leuzinger of Lawndale 0: Florida-commit Reagan Walsh went 4 for 4 with three doubles, a homer, four runs and three RBI, Haley Hayakawa went 2 for 2 with two runs and three RBI, BYU-bound Alyssa Podhurcak went 2 for 2 with two doubles, two runs and three RBI and Sophia Fernandez threw a no-hitter with six strikeouts for the Spartans (18-6, 3-2), ranked No. 10 in San Diego.

Cal State Fullerton-commit Elliana Zellien of Temple City. Photo/Explosion Softball.

In the Rio Hondo League:

Temple City 6, Monrovia 0: Cal State Fullerton-commit Elliana Zellien singled, doubled, homered and pitched her third shutout to lead the Rams (13-6, 7-1).

In the Sunkist League:

Grand Terrace 18, Bloomington 3: Oklahoma-bound Alycia Flores went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBI for the Titans (11-9, 6-0), ranked No. 14 in the IE.

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

In the Trinity League:

Mater Dei of Santa Ana 2, Santa Margarita 1: Ohio University-bound Mackensie Kohl allowed three hits, no earned runs, two walks and struck out eight to get the complete game win as the Monarchs (19-5, 4-1), ranked No. 3 in the OC and No. 8 in So Cal, took down the Eagles (19-4, 2-3), ranked No. 7 in the OC and No. 20 in So Cal.

In the West Valley League:

El Camino Real of Woodland Hills 7, Granada Hills Charter 1: Army-bound Madi Gilmore went 2 for 2 with a double, a triple and an RBI, Annie Moore went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBI, Caitlin Wall went 1 for 4 with two RBI and Ashley Murphy threw a three-hitter with six strikeouts as the Conquistadores (14-11, 8-2) beat the Highlanders (13-13-1, 5-5).

Chatsworth 30, Taft of Woodland Hills 2: Ruby Salzman went 5 for 6 with a double, two grand slams and 10 RBI for the Chancellors (18-5, 9-0).

Northern Colorado-bound Katie Simonsgaard of Oaks Chrstian of Westlake Village. Photo/Oaks Christan Softball.

In the Birmingham Tournament:

Oaks Christian of Westlake Village 5, San Fernando 0: Northern Colorado-bound Katie Simonsgaard went 3 for 3, Campbell University-commit Taylor Johnson went 1 for 2 with two RBI and Georgia-commit Lexi Berg threw a shutout for the Lions (23-2), ranked No. 11 in LA.

In the Valley Classic:

Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth 2, Kennedy of Granada Hills 0: Ryder University-commit Janae Weise went 2 for 3 with a solo homer and Sacramento State-bound Alyssa Nunez threw a four-hitter with two walks and five strikeouts to help the Trailblazers (11-5) defeat the Cougars (20-9).

Cal State Fullerton-commit Staci Chambers of Granite Hills of El Cajon. Photo/SoCal Breakers.

In nonleague games:

Granite Hills of El Cajon 10, High Tech of San Diego 0: Cal State Fullerton-commit Staci Chambers tossed a four-hitter with no walks and 16 strikeouts and she went 4 for 5 with a run and three RBI, Hawaii-commit Haley Johnson went 3 for 5 with a double, a homer and four RBI and Erica Simon hit a solo homer for the Eagles (16-6), ranked No. 4 in San Diego.

Mission Bay of San Diego 11, Santa Fe Christian of Solana Beach 0: Serena Castro went 3 for 4 with a double, a run and four RBI and Maya Cota pitched a three-hit shutout with two strikeouts for the Buccaneers (17-4).

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