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A year after title loss, Norco's softball team gets its redemption

A year after title loss, Norco's softball team gets its redemption
Norco's Nicole Rodriguez gets high-fives after scoring during a quarterfinal CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoff game on May 24. (Scott Smeltzer / Daily Pilot)

There was no denying Norco’s softball team a championship celebration on Saturday night in Irvine.

The onslaught began in the first inning when Sierra Marshall delivered a three-run double. It continued in the second with a Paige Smith grand slam. Norco went on to defeat Cerritos Gahr, 8-2, to win the Southern Section Division 1 championship.

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A year ago, Norco was 33-0 when it lost in the championship game to Los Alamitos, 3-1. This time, the Cougars struck early and got their redemption.

Norco (29-3) relied on sophomore pitcher Sarah Willis, who threw a complete game.

Jessica Lopez of Santa Fe threw a no-hitter to lift her team to the Division 4 championship with a 3-0 win over San Marcos. It was her third no-hitter of the playoffs.

Samantha Mancillas had a two-run single for Santa Fe and Aliza Ayon hit a home run.

Newbury Park won its first softball championship by taking the Division 2 title with a 3-1 win over Riverside King.

SeaEnna Satcher was the hitting star. She had an RBI triple and a two-run single. Pitcher Cory Carrillo threw the complete game.

In Division 7, Gardena Serra won its first title with a 12-1 win over Archer.

On Friday, Chaminade won the Division 5 title with a 5-3 win over Riverside North. Gabby Hensley contributed a key two-run single.

West Torrance won Division 3 with a 6-4 win over Redlands East Valley.

In Division 6, Palmdale Highland defeated Mary Star, 13-2. Catalina Aguilar struck out nine.

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