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Softball: So Cal Roundup (5/11/17) Highlanders Get Revenge & Freeway Title

The 2017 Freeway League-champion La Habra Highlanders. Photo/La Habra High.

The So Cal Roundup for Thursday, May 11.

The last we heard from La Habra after its 16-4 run-rule loss to Sunny Hills, Highlanders coach Steve Harrington had fallen to his knees, shaking his fists at the heavens, screaming, “AVENGE ME!!!”

OK, that didn’t really happen, but it would have really set the stage for the rematch between La Habra and the Lancers in a winner-take-all game for the Freeway League championship on Thursday at Sunny Hills High.

Cal State Fullerton-bound Hannah Johnson of La Habra. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

This time, the Highlanders got their vengeance.

Cal State Fullerton-bound Hannah Johnson pitched a gem, throwing a two-hit shutout with five strikeouts and retiring the final 12 batters she faced to lead La Habra to a 6-0 victory over the Lancers for its ninth consecutive Freeway League title.

“It felt great to redeem ourselves, and to do it for a league championship was awesome,” Johnson said. “We’re not done yet … CIF, here we come.”

Boston College-commit Anissa Alatorre went 3 for 4 with a double, Johnson went 2 for 3 with a double and Utah-bound Alyssa Palacios and Amanda Tourville also doubled to power the offense for the Highlanders, ranked No. 4 in the OC and No. 11 in So Cal by So Cal Sidelines.

After reaching the CIF-SS Division 2 semifinals last season, La Habra (20-7, 9-1) has been moved up to Division 1. The Lancers (17-8, 8-2), ranked No. 20 in the OC, finished in second place and will be in the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs next week.

In other So Cal games:

Norco 4, Roosevelt of Eastvale 1: Tennessee-commit Mikayla Allee went 4 for 4 with an RBI, Cal State Fullerton-bound Taylor Dockins thew a five-hitter with eight Ks and had an RBI double and Oklahoma-commit Kinzie Hansen had an RBI single as the Cougars (30-0, 10-0), ranked No. 1 in the IE and No. 1 in So Cal, beat the Mustangs (11-15, 3-7), ranked No. 17 in the IE, to become the first CIF-SS team to win 30 games in the regular season.

The Buena of Ventura Bulldogs go unbeaten in the regular season in 2017. Photo/Buena Softball.

Buena of Ventura 4, Dos Pueblos of Goleta 0: San Jose State-commit Jenessa Ullegue went 3 for 4 with a triple and a homer and tossed a four-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and UC Davis-bound Brooke Yanez belted a two-run homer to help the Channel League-champion Bulldogs (22-0-1, 12-0), ranked No. 2 in LA and No. 7 in So Cal, finished unbeaten in the regular season.

Cathedral Catholic of San Diego 7, Clairemont of San Diego 0: UCLA-commit Megan Faraimo tossed a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Patricia Niu went 3 for 3 with three RBI to help the Dons (22-4-1, 10-0), ranked No. 2 in San Diego and No. 8 in So Cal, go undefeated in the Western League.

Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista 5, Eastlake of Chula Vista 3: UCLA-commit Lexi Sosa came through with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth and picked up the win in the circle to help the Crusaders (22-6, 9-0), ranked No. 3 in San Diego and No. 9 in So Cal, beat the Titans (15-9, 4-5) and remain undefeated in the Metro Mesa League.

Grand Terrace 15, Summit of Fontana 0: Alexis Lemus went 3 for 3 with a home run and seven RBI, North Carolina State-bound Lilly Bishop hit a three-run homer and Ole Miss-bound Alyssa Martinez had a solo shot as the Sunkist League-champion Titans (20-2, 10-0), ranked No. 2 in the IE and No. 12 in So Cal, won their 48th consecutive league game to close out the regular season.

Santiago of Corona 13, Corona 5: Utah-bound Abby Robertson, Florida-commit Brittany Allen and Leah Herman all homered for the Sharks (21-6, 8-2), ranked No. 4 in the IE and No. 15 in So Cal, in a Big VIII League win.

Texas-commit Shea O’Leary of Valencia of Magi Mountain. Photo/Valencia Softball.

Valencia of Magic Mountain 7, Canyon of Canyon Country 1: Kyla Hardy drove in three runs and Texas-commit Shea O’Leary threw a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts to help the Vikings (22-7, 10-0), ranked No. 3 in LA and No. 10 in So Cal, finish undefeated in the Foothill League.

Pacifica of Garden Grove 12, Valencia of Placentia 2: Arizona-bound Hannah “Peanut” Martinez went 4 for 5 with a homer and two RBI, Alani Nguyen went 4 for 5 with a triple and Julia Dorado had a three-run double to help the Mariners (20-7, 10-0), ranked No. 5 in the OC and No. 13 in So Cal, beat the Tigers (16-6, 7-3), ranked No. 17 in the OC, and go undefeated in the Empire League.

Rio Mesa of Oxnard 17, Hueneme of Oxnard 0: Sabrina Vargas went 3 for 4 with a double, three runs and four RBI, Kianna Abellera went 3 for 4 with two doubles, three runs and two RBI, Hailey Jackson went 3 for 4 with a double, a homer and four RBI and freshman Alicia Estrada threw a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts in five innings for the Pacific View League-champion Spartans (25-2-1, 11-1), ranked No. 4 in LA and No. 16 in So Cal.

Ramona of Ramona 29, Fallbrook 0: Cal State Fullerton-commit Alexa Neil went 3 for 5 with a double, a grand slam and five RBI as the Bulldogs (26-4, 8-0), ranked No. 4 in San Diego and No. 18 in So Cal, went unblemished in the Valley League.

Redlands 4, Cajon of San Bernardino 3: Cal State Northridge-bound Jaymi Steward singled, stole second and scored on a single by Northwestern Oklahoma State-bound Jada Overby and a throwing error in the top of the ninth to help the Terriers (24-4, 12-2), ranked No. 6 in the IE, pull out the win in the Citrus Belt League finale. Redlands ended up sharing the league title with Yucaipa.

Torrey Pines of San Diego 7, La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad 0: The Falcons (24-6, 8-2), ranked No. 9 in San Diego, beat the Mavs (15-10-1, 7-3), ranked No. 17 in San Diego, to clinch the Avocado West League title.

Steele Canyon of Spring Valley 5, Santana of Santee 4: Marianna Martinez had an RBI single and Puget Sound-bound Mackenzie Pearlstein delivered a walk-off single as the Cougars (20-11, 6-4), ranked No. 18 in San Diego, rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to upset the Sultans (20-7-1, 6-4), ranked No. 8 in San Diego, and create a tie for second place in the Grossmont Hills League.

Patrick Henry of San Diego 3, Point Loma of San Diego 0: Ohio State-bound Madison James threw a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and Louisiana State-bound Cristiona Caccamise went 3 for 3 with a triple and a run to help the Patriots (20-9, 7-3), ranked No. 10 in San Diego, finish in second place in the Western League.

Alex Guay of West Hills of Santee. Photo/YouTube.

West Hills of Santee 3, Granite Hills of El Cajon 2: Ryleigh Dobyns allowed nine hits, two runs, three walks and struck out six to getthe complete game win and Binghamton-bound Alex Guay went 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI to help the Wolf Pack (8-14, 3-7) upset the Eagles (2-7-1, 9-1), ranked No. 7 in San Diego, in the Grossmont Hills League finale.

King of Riverside 8, Centennial of Corona 6: The Wolves (16-12, 5-5), ranked No. 16 in the IE, beat the Huskies (16-13, 4-6), ranked No. 18 in the IE, to clinch third place in the Big VIII League.

Montclair 10, Don Lugo of Chino 9: Monique Cazares went 4 for 5 with two runs and two RBI, Alyssa Diaz went 2 for 3 with two doubles, three runs and three RBI, Rayanne LaBeau went 2 for 2 with a triple, two runs and two RBI and Nikki Marquez went 2 for 4 with two RBI as the Cavaliers (16-10, 11-4) knocked off the Conquistadores (16-9, 10-5), ranked No. 19 in the IE, to win the Mt. Baldy League title.

Westview of San Diego 5, Mt. Carmel of San Diego 0: Lehigh-bound Allyson Dibsie went 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI to help the Wolverines (11-14, 5-5) knock off the Sundevils (16-7-1, 5-5), ranked No. 14 in San Diego, and create a tie for third place in the Palomar League.

In the CIF-LA City Section Playoffs:



Port of Los Angeles of San Pedro 5, Birmingham of Lake Balboa 0

Poly of Sun Valley 4, Cleveland of Reseda 1

Granada Hills Charter 10, Eagle Rock of Los Angeles 0

Banning of Wilmington 10, Venice of Los Angeles 0

San Pedro 4, Lincoln of Los Angeles 0

Carson 8, El Camino Real of Woodland Hills 3

San Fernando 5, Chatsworth 2

Kennedy of Granada Hills 4, Harbor Teacher of Wilmington 3


Palisades of Pacific Palisades 10, Van Nuys 0

Narbonne of Harbor City 4, Sherman Oaks CES of Reseda 1

Verdugo Hills of Tujunga 2, Franklin of Los Angeles 1

King/Drew of Los Angeles 11, Northridge Academy of Northridge 4

Roosevelt of Los Angeles 13, Wilson of Los Angeles 4

Garfield of Los Angeles 4, Reseda 3

South Gate 11, Lakeview Chater of Sylmar 4

Hamilton of Los Angeles 7, Los Angeles CES 6


View Park of Los Angeles 17, Locke of Los Angeles 0

North Hollywood 20, Dorsey of Los Angeles 1

Fairfax of Los Angeles 13, Contreras of Los Angeles 3

Monroe of North Hills 7, Animo Venice of Los Angeles 2

Grant of Van Nuys 9, Mendez of Los Angeles 6

Huntington Park 10, Sotomayor of Los Angeles 0

Torres of Los Angeles 13, Hollywood of Los Angeles 0

Fulton of Van Nuys 10, Discovery of Pacoima 5


University of Los Angeles 11, Elizabeth of Cudahy 1

Jefferson of Los Angeles 17, Los Angeles International Charter of Los Angeles 10

Triumph Charter of Sylmar 16, Animo Robinson of Los Angeles 6

Kennedy of Los Angeles 12, USC Hybrid of Los Angeles 2

Rivera of Los Angeles 14, Dymally of Los Angeles 3

Roybal of Los Angeles 17, Angelou of Los Angeles 2

West Adams of Los Angeles 22, Ivy Academia of Chatsworth 5

Sun Valley Magnet of Sun Valley 14, Downtown Magnets of Los Angeles 4

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