Torrance wins Division 4 softball title, 1-0, in 13th inning

Eric Sondheimer
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It was a remarkable Southern Section Division 4 championship softball game on Saturday night at Bill Barber Park in Irvine.

Through 12 innings, Palmdale Highland and Torrance were scoreless. Rachel Garcia, the Gatorade state player of the year headed to UCLA, struck out 24 batters for Highland.

Marissa Moreno of Torrance struck out 13 in 13 shutout innings for Torrance.

In the bottom of the 13th inning, Garcia injured her knee during warmups and had to come out. Torrance got a walk-off single from Britny Jumalon to defeat Highland, 1-0.

Garcia had come in with statistics hard to duplicate. She had struck out 394 batters in 163 innings, thrown 10 no-hitters, five perfect games and 20 shutouts.

But Moreno kept matching Garcia pitch for pitch.

Division 1

Norco rallied for four runs in the seventh inning to defeat West Ranch, 4-2.

Division 5

Ventura St. Bonaventure defeated Garden Grove, 8-0, behind Long Beach State-bound Cielo Meza, who struck out eight and threw a three-hitter. Angelina Flores had a two-run double to get the Seraphs rolling.

Division 6

Lancaster Paraclete gave Coach Margaret Neill her first title with a 9-2 victory over Anaheim Savanna. Neill has been the coach since 1981.

Rylee Maston hit a two-run home run, a two-run double and had three hits. Jenny Littlejohn added three hits. Kailla Searcy picked up the pitching victory.

eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

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