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Softball: So Cal Roundup (5/10/17) Denby’s Walk-Off Gives Broncos League Title

Fresno State-commit Alesia Denby of Vista Murrieta of Murrieta. Photo/LeLe Denby.

The So Cal Roundup for Wednesday, May 10.

Fresno State-commit Alesia “LeLe” Denby delivered a walk-off, three-run bomb in the bottom of the eighth to give Vista Murrieta of Murrieta a 6-4 triumph over Great Oak of Temecula and the Southwestern League title on Wednesday at Vista Murrieta High.

“My past at bats were just ground balls and I wasn’t really getting the best contact on the ball, so I had a different approach when I went up to bat,” Denby said. “We had runners in scoring position and I knew I needed to score them. I had two strikes on me and I wasn’t going to let the pitcher or the umpire get me out. I saw the opportunity to win for my team and it ended up working perfectly. I’ve hit home runs before but this one was special because it was to clinch league (and) to win it for my teammates and especially the seniors. I am proud to call myself a Bronco.”

It was the first league title since Sierra Romero hit 21 homers and led the Broncos to the Southwestern League crown in 2012.

Brie Nowack went 2 for 3 and Makayla Jordan went 2 for 4 to lead the offense for Vista Murrieta, which extended its winning streak to 11 games.

The Broncos (17-5, 9-0), ranked No. 5 in the IE and No. 20 in So Cal by So Cal Sidelines, closes out the regular season at Great Oak (15-8, 7-2), ranked No. 7 in the IE, on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Wolfpack already has second place locked up.

In other So Cal games:

Arizona State-commit Jazmine Hill of Gahr of Cerritos. Photo/So Cal Athletics.

Gahr of Cerritos 17, Dominguez of Compton 0: Arizona State-commit Jazmine Hill went 3 for 3 with two doubles, a homer, three runs and four RBI, Washington-commit Madison Huskey went 2 for 3 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI, UCLA-bound Malia Quarles went 3 for 4 with a double, a homer, two runs and two RBI and South Carolina-commit Hannah Kumiyama tossed a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts in four innings for the four-time defending San Gabriel Valley League-champion Gladiators (25-0, 10-0), ranked No. 1 in LA and No. 3 in So Cal.

San Marcos of San Marcos 4, Rancho Buena Vista of Vista 0: Mia Cunnings belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, Ashley Glazer added a two-run double in the sixth and Notre Dame-commit Payton Tidd tossed a four-hitter with four walks and six strikeouts as the Knights (21-4, 9-0), ranked No. 1 in San Diego and No. 5 in So Cal, clinched their third consecutive Avocado East League title.

Bonita Vista of Chula Vista 6, Otay Ranch of Chula Vista 1: The Barons (22-6, 7-2), ranked No. 5 in San Diego, clinched at least second place in the Western League with the win.

Oklahoma-commit Destinee Noury of Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista. Photo/Athletics-Mercado.

Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista 11, Hilltop of Chula Vista 4: Oklahoma-committed freshman Destinee Noury went 3 for 5 with a double, a homer and four RBI and UCLA-commit Lexi Sosa went 4 for 5 with a double and four RBI and picked up the win in relief as the Crusaders (21-6, 8-0), ranked No. 3 in San Diego and No. 9 in So Cal, rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Lancers (9-20, 1-8) and clinch at least a share of their third consecutive Western League title.

Redlands 11, Cajon of San Bernardino 4: Anaya Smith’s grand slam in the bottom of the sixth broke a 4-4 tie and as the Terriers (23-4, 11-2), ranked No. 6 in the IE, kept their hopes alive for a share of the Citrus Belt League title alive.

Murrieta Valley of Murrieta 8, Murrieta Mesa of Murrieta 6: Morgan Burns had an RBI single, Cal-commit Makena Smith RBI double and Alexis Buchanan had a two-run homer as the Nighthawks (11-14, 4-5) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth and held on for a Southwestern League win over the Rams (18-10, 4-5), ranked No. 8 in the IE. Murrieta Valley will be at Murrieta Mesa on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in a battle for the third and final playoff spot from the Southwestern League.

Poway 5, Del Norte of San Diego 2: Alexa Jury picked up the complete game win and Auburn-commit Sydney Steele hit a two-run homer to help the Titans (20-6-1, 8-1), ranked No. 6 in San Diego, clinch the Palomar League title.

The 2017 North Hills League-champion Villa Park Spartans. Photo/@VPSoftball.

Villa Park 10, El Dorado of Placentia 4: New Mexico-bound Lexi Ruel, doubled, homered and drove in five runs, Sam Ramirez went 2 for 3 with a triple and a homer, NYU-bound Jordan Stream went 2 for 3 with two RBI and Southwestern-bound Casey Moritz went 2 for 3 for the Spartans (21-8, 6-0), ranked No. 8 in the OC, who tied their record for most victories in a season. Florida-bound Jordan Matthews went 2 for 3 with a double, a homer and two RBI for the Golden Hawks (15-7-1, 3-3), ranked No. 14 in the OC, who finished in second place in the North Hills League.


Yucaipa 13, Eisenhower of Rialto 0: The Thunderbirds (20-9, 12-2), ranked No. 9 in the IE, finish the regular season alone in first place in the Citrus Belt League, but Redlands (23-4, 11-2) still has a game remaining on Thursday. Yucaipa and Redlands split their season series.

Los Altos of Hacienda Heights 1, Charter Oak of Covina 0: The Hacienda League-champion Conquerors (22-6, 10-0), ranked No. 11 in LA, finish the regular season on a nine-game winning streak.

Mayfair of Lakewood 7, La Mirada 2: After losing to the Monsoons (16-6, 9-3), the Matadores (21-8-1, 10-2), ranked No. 10 in LA, will have to share the Suburban League title with Cerritos (16-5, 10-2). Mayfair ended up in third place.

Maryland-bound Shelby Younkin of South Torrance. Photo/South Torrance Softball.

South Torrance 10, North Torrance 0: Chaminade-bound Maddy Stockslager threw a four-hit shutout with nine strikeouts, Maryland-bound Shelby Younkin went 2 for 3 with a double, a homer, a sacrifice fly and four RBI, Haley Hayakawa went 2 for 3 with a double, three runs and two RBI and Georgia Benoit went 2 for 3 with two runs as the Spartans (19-7-1, 6-2), ranked No. 16 in LA, beat the Saxons (19-11, 6-2), ranked No. 15 in LA, to earn a share of the Pioneer League title. It’s the first Pioneer League title for South.

Santana of Santee 4, Point Loma of San Diego 1: Ashley Madrigal went 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI, Thomas University-bound Rachel Wilson went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Weber State-commit Madison Mendez allowed seven hits, no earned runs, three walks and struck out one for the Sultans (20-6-1, 6-3), ranked No. 8 in San Diego, in the Grossmont Hills League.

Olympian of Chula Vista 3, Eastlake of Chula Vista 0: Utah-commit Sydney Sandez threw a four-hit shutout with no walks and two strikeouts to help the the Eagles (8-18-1, 2-7) upset the Titans (15-8, 4-4), ranked No. 11 in San Diego, in the Metro Mesa League.

Mississippi State-bound Brooke Cantillo of Foothill of Santa Ana. Photo/Mississippi State Athletics.

Foothill of Santa Ana 8, Canyon of Anaheim 1: Mississippi State-bound Brooke Cantillo went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI, Savannah Weaver went 3 for 4 with a double, a run and two RBI, Alyssa Brito drove in three runs and Hartford-bound Janae Brannen allowed two hits, no earned runs and struck out eight as the Knights (16-12, 5-1), ranked No. 15 in the OC, knocked off the Comanches (18-10, 4-2), ranked No. 13 in the OC, to win the Crestview League title.

Yorba Linda 3, El Modena of Orange 2: Nicole Crabb’s walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh gave the Mustangs (17-7, 3-3), ranked No. 10 in the OC, the Crestview League win.

Rancho Bernardo of San Diego 9, Mt. Carmel of San Diego 6: Hikaru Otsuka went 3 for 4 with a double, a run and thre RBI, San Diego State-bound Konner Dahlberg went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Christina Sugimoto went 2 for 4 with a double, two runs and an RBI and Allie Boaz went 1 for 4 with a double, a run and an RBI as the Broncos (17-8, 6-3), ranked No. 13 in San Diego, clinched second place in the Palomar League.

West Torrance 7, Torrance 4: Mara Moore went 3 for 3 with a run and two RBI and Becca Chung hit a two-run homer to help the Warriors (19-7, 5-3), ranked No. 18 in LA, clinch third place in the Pioneer League.

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