The Notre Dame High softball team's third error of the sixth inning Wednesday was the charm for Alemany.
It gave the Indians a 3-2 victory and moved them into a tie for first place with Notre Dame in the San Fernando Valley League.
Jenny Rector scored the winning run from third on an error by shortstop Trina Koenig, who was trying to throw Rector out at third and instead threw the ball into foul territory along the third base line. Rector had reached first on an error by second baseman Lisa Freitas. She stole second and advanced to third on an error by right fielder Julie Feezor.
"We didn't make the routine plays today, and that will beat you every time," Notre Dame Coach Ann McClung said.
Notre Dame (14-3, 4-1 in league play) had its nine-game winning streak snapped. Sophomore Becca Berline (12-3) suffered the loss despite pitching a three-hitter and striking out six.
"This was such an ugly game," McClung said. "It really was."
The win in hand, Alemany (10-5, 4-1) was ecstatic.
"This was our biggest win of the season," Coach Dudley Rooney said. "Now we have our destiny in our own hands."
Alemany scored two runs in the first inning when Carol Schoenman hit a two-out triple. Jill Greenwood reached on a fielder's choice and Patricia Slattery doubled to drive them in.
Senior right-hander Lynn Torres (3-2) pitched a five-hitter to earn the win.