SOFTBALL ROUNDUP : Rosary Defeats St. Joseph With 1-Hitter, Triple Play

Pitchers Nicola Walsh and Wendy Polnasek combined on a one-hitter and Rosary's softball team ended the game by turning a triple play to clinch third place in the Angelus League with a 4-0 victory over St. Joseph Thursday at Rosary.

Walsh, who allowed only a second-inning double, helped Rosary (10-8, 4-3) clinch a playoff berth.

The triple play came in the seventh inning, after second baseman Tricia Kay caught a line drive with runners on first and second. She threw to first baseman Geneva Sportsman, who doubled off the runner and then threw to shortstop Kristina Luna, who recorded the final out at second.

Kay had two hits, including a triple that drove in a run in the second inning, and Polnasek added three hits.

In the Sunset League:

Fountain Valley 10, Santa Ana 3--Cary Baker earned his 200th victory in his 11th season as Fountain Valley's coach. Jodi Bixler had three hits with a home run, two runs batted in and three runs scored for the Barons.

In the Century League:

El Modena 6, Canyon 0--Alexis Beckman, whose single drove in two runs during a five-run second inning, pitched a three-hitter for the host Vanguards (14-7, 6-2).

Foothill 6, Orange 0--Andrea Chambers had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice for Foothill (18-7, 8-0), the sixth-ranked team in the county. The Knights clinched at least a tie for first in the league.

Villa Park 10, Santa Ana Valley 0 (4 1/2, mercy rule)--Sophomore Julie Riley, who was three for three with five RBIs, hit a two-run home run and a three-run triple for host Villa Park (13-8, 5-3).

In the Empire League:

Cypress 3, El Dorado 2--Nikki Espriu drove in all three runs for Cypress (19-4, 6-2), the eighth-ranked team in the county.

Los Alamitos 2, Katella 0--Becky Rosetti's two-out, third-inning triple drove in both runs for the host Griffins (15-4-1, 8-0).

In the Freeway League:

Fullerton 6, Sonora 0--Cathleen Kennedy pitched her third no-hitter, allowing only a sixth-inning walk while striking out seven for the visiting Indians (12-12, 4-4).

La Habra 3, Buena Park 0--Dani Ortega pitched a two-hitter, striking out 13, for visiting La Habra (20-2, 8-0), the second-ranked team in the county.

Sunny Hills 1, Troy 0--Brandi Northrup (7-6) pitched her second no-hitter of the season, striking out nine, and Bernie Fancuberta's single drove in Stacy Thurber with the game's only run as the visiting Lancers improved to 11-13, 7-1.

In the Garden Grove League:

Garden Grove 10, Bolsa Grande 0 (5, mercy rule)--Kim Taylor pitched a perfect game for host Garden Grove (16-7-1, 9-2-1), retiring all 15 batters she faced.

Pacifica 5, Los Amigos 0--Jennifer Surface pitched a two-hitter, striking out 10 for the visiting Mariners (17-5, 10-2).

Kennedy 4, La Quinta 0--Nicole Paloney had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs for visiting Kennedy (17-6, 9-3). Paloney also pitched a one-hitter, striking out eight.

Rancho Alamitos 10, Santiago 0--Julie Littman pitched a two-hitter and was three for three, scoring twice and driving in a run as the visiting Vaqueros improved to 13-8-1, 8-4.

In the Orange League:

Brea-Olinda 7, Magnolia 0--Kim Deck drove in three runs in support of Jena Tuso's three-hitter for host Brea (16-5, 7-1).

Western 5, Anaheim 1--Beth Queypo had two hits and scored once and Sonya Fellows had two RBIs for Western (13-8, 8-0).

In the Pacific Coast League:

Laguna Hills 13, Estancia 0--Windy Scofield allowed only a fifth-inning infield single by Sylvia Cervantes as the visiting Hawks improved to 14-7-1, 8-0.

Trabuco Hills 20, Laguna Beach 0--Christy Lunceford had four hits and drove in four runs for the host Mustangs (16-9, 6-2).

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