SOUTHERN SECTION 5-A SOFTBALL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP
In another 5-A playoff game:
Marina 1, Camarillo 0--Marina scored the only run it needed in the first inning. Marina Coach Susie Calderon said it was all the Vikings (26-5) could do to get one run. “Their pitcher (Camarillo’s Kim Mangen)--you’ve got to give her a lot of credit,” said Calderon. “She was forcing our big hitters to pop up, which makes it real tough. She pitched a great ballgame.”
Mangen struck out two and allowed only three hits, one of which led to Marina’s run.
In the bottom of the first, Marina second baseman Julie Muche got a base hit and stole second. Mangen walked Becky Toler and Janet Miyahara to load the bases.
Muche stole home when Mangen tried to pick Toler off second base.
Camarillo (15-11) was held to one hit by Willa Parchen and Miyahara, whom Calderon inserted in the top of the fifth.
Parchen, who struck out 11, fanned the first two batters she faced in the fifth, but walked the next two and Calderon took her out.
“When I made the change, I told (Parchen and Miyahara), ‘We’ve only got one shot at this,’ and I just feel very lucky, very fortunate to have the pitching staff that I do,” Calderon said.
Miyahara struck out five batters in less than three innings, frustrating some with her pitching motion. While releasing the ball, her glove slaps on her left thigh, emitting a sound that seemed to confuse the Camarillo batters.
“That’s just how she pitches,” Calderon said.