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Softball: Gahr Gets Signature Win Over Norco at Carew Classic (4/6/18)

Duke-bound DJ Davis of Gahr of Cerritos. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Gahr of Cerritos has had plenty of talent in the past few years, but it lacked a signature victory.

The Gladiators made their bones, rallying from a 3-0 deficit for a 6-4 win over Norco (13-2), ranked No. 4 in the nation by FloSoftball, in the quarterfinals of the Michelle Carew Classic on Friday at Peralta Park in Anaheim Hills.

Gahr used a four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth capped off by Arizona State-commit Jazmine Hill’s two-run single that broke a 4-4 tie and Arizona-bound Vanessa Foreman got three consecutive ground outs in the top of the seventh to seal the victory for the Gladiators (10-2), ranked No. 1 in LA and No. 4 in So Cal by So Cal Sidelines.

Hill went 3 for 4 with a double and three RBI, Washington-bound Madison Huskey went 1 for 4 with a 2-run double, Duke-bound DJ Davis went 2 for 4 with two runs and Foreman got the complete game win for Gahr.

USD-commit Sara Rusconi drove in the lone run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third and UCLA-bound Megan Faraimo outdueled Northwestern-bound Danielle Williams, finishing with a three-hitter and 16 strikeouts and no walks as Cathedral Catholic (11-3) of San Diego, ranked No. 3 in San Diego, defeated Amador Valley (9-1-1) of Pleasanton, 1-0, in the quarterfinals.

DePaul-commit Brooke Johnson had a solo bomb, freshman Kayla Chavez had a two-run blast and Alexis Medina had a three-run shot to help Chino Hills (17-2), ranked No. 4 in the IE and No. 10 in So Cal, to a 12-0 quarterfinal win over Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista, ranked No. 6 in San Diego.

LSU-commit Ciara Briggs went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and an RBI, Kira La Scola drove in three runs, Ohio State-commit Mya Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI and Grand Canyon-bound Gianna Nicoletti went 2 for 4 with two runs and Jaeden Barajas went 2 for 4 as Orange Lutheran (17-1), ranked No. 2 in the nation by FloSoftball, picked up an 8-2 quarterfinal win over Esperanza of Anaheim (10-3), ranked No. 15 in the OC.

Gahr faces Cathedral Catholic and Chino Hills takes on Orange Lutheran in the semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Peralta Park. The winners meet for the championship at 7:30 p.m.


In consolation games:


Los Alamitos 7, Santiago of Corona 2: Lauren Henriksen hit a two-run homer and Aliya Belarde and LSU-bound Karrington Houshmandzadeh had back-to-back two-run doubles in the sixth to help the Griffins (13-1) defeat the Sharks (11-7).

Los Alamitos 2, Canyon del Oro of Tucson, AZ, 0: Michigan State-bound Sarah Ladd pitched a five-hit shutout with one walk and six strikeouts to lift the Griffins.

Santiago of Corona 2, Poway 0: UCLA-committed freshman Savannah Hooks pitched a four-hit shutout with two walks and five strikeouts for the Sharks.

Yucaipa 5, Cypress 4: Maine-bound Keely Clark went 2 for 3 with a homer and two RBI as the Thunderbirds (11-6) beat the Centurions (11-5) in the consolation semifinals.

Yucaipa 6, Murrieta Valley 3: Hailey Erickson went 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI for the Thunderbirds in the consolation quarterfinal win.

Roosevelt of Eastvale 9, Great Oak of Temecula 7: The Mustangs (7-9) rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh and held on for the consolation semifinal win over the Wolfpack (11-3), ranked No. 4 in the IE and No. 9 in So Cal.

Great Oak of Temecula 6, Buena of Ventura 1: New Mexico State-commit Mata Faapito hit a three-run bomb and pitched a five-hitter with five strikeouts to lead the Wolfpack in the consolation quarterfinals.

Cypress 4, Murrieta Mesa 1: Army-bound Emily Iannotti struck out 11, Tatianna Roman went 2 for 4 with a run and two RBI and Notre Dame de Mur-bound Kaitlyn Govea went 1 for 3 with two RBI for the Centurions in the consolation quarterfinals.

Murrieta Mesa 10, Murrieta Valley 5: Maisyn Cadena hit a grand slam to help the Rams (13-5) beat their Southwestern League rivals.

Poway 1, Canyon del Oro of Tucson, AZ, 0: Hawaii-bound Taylor Riley led off the game with a homer and Mackie Haynes, Bailey Langford and Kenzie Schultz combined on a five-hit shutout for the Titans (12-0-3)

Valencia of Magic Mountain 1, Lakewood 0: Texas-bound Shea O’Leary tossed a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts and Tennessee-bound Ally Shipman homered to lead the Vikings (12-7).

Valencia of Magic Mountain 9, Villa Park 1: Freshman Emma Bramsom went 3 for 4 with two RBI, Shipman drove in three runs, Alexis Genovese had an RBI, Kelia Paragas went 3 for 3 with two RBI and O’Leary pitched a four-hitter with eight strikeouts for the Vikings.

Canyon of Anaheim 11, Simi Valley 10: Madison Sanchez went 3 for 4 with a double and five RBI and Penn-bound Julia Schneider went 3 for 4 with four RBI for the Comanches (4-7).

Lakewood 8, Foothill of Santa Ana 2: Mackenzie Hutchinson hit a three-run homer, Karina Ybarra went 3 for 3 with a triple and two RBI and Maria Aguilar went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs for the Lancers (6-6).

Villa Park 4, Foothill of Santa Ana 1: North Dakota-bound Emily Rosas threw a six-hitter, allowed no earned runs and struck out seven to get the win for the Spartans (8-11).

Agoura 5, Grand Terrace 2: Kansas-bound Lexy Mills threw a four-hitter with six walks and 12 strikeouts, Farley Park went 2 for 3 with and RBI and Alyssa Anderson went 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI to lead the Chargers (9-5-1) to victory.

Huntington Beach 3, Rio Mesa of Oxnard 2 (9 innings)

Simi Valley 6, Grand Terrace 5

Cienega of Vail, AZ, 1, Pacifica of Garden Grove 0

Pacifica of Garden Grove 3, Rio Mesa of Oxnard 2

Buena of Ventura 4, Vista Murrieta 2

Cienega of Vail, AZ, 5, Huntington Beach 4

Roosevelt of Eastvale 5, Vista Murrieta 4

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