A season that began in frustration ended in jubilation as Fullerton High defeated La Puente Bishop Amat, 4-1, in 10 innings in the Southern Section Division II softball final Saturday at Lakewood's Mayfair Park.
Alissa Sorrell drew a bases-loaded walk for the go-ahead run, and pitcher Angie Fancuberta followed with a single. Fullerton (18-13), which began the season 6-12, recovered to win the Freeway League title. It was Fullerton's second Southern Section championship. The school also won the 3-A Division title in 1984.
Bishop Amat finished 22-5.
Glendora St. Lucy's 3, Redondo 0--Kia Zalewski (11-2) pitched a two-hitter, striking out seven and walking one, to lead St. Lucy's (21-8) to its first Division III championship. St. Lucy's scored all of its runs on five hits in the top of the fifth inning.
Kerry Martin gave up nine hits in seven innings for Redondo (23-8). Martin (22-5), a sophomore, finished with an 0.31 earned-run average in 178 innings.
Cerritos Valley Christian 5, Lancaster Paraclete 1--Susie Schoales (16-2) threw a one-hitter to lead Valley Christian to the Division V title.
Schoales allowed three walks and struck out seven. She also had two hits, including a two-run single in the seventh. Schoales' string of 89 consecutive innings without allowing a run was broken when Paraclete scored in the third.
Angela Robinson doubled home three runs for Valley Christian (24-3-1) with two out in the second inning.
Paraclete (24-6) was making its fifth appearance in a Southern Section final, finishing as runner-up each time.
Temecula Linfield 7, Hesperia Christian 5--Jeanette Smith drove in the winning run with a double in the top of the 13th inning to break a 5-5 tie and later scored on an error to give Linfied its third Southern Section championship in the Division VI final.
Janelle Gonzales (18-1), a freshman, gave up nine hits and five runs, four of them earned, and struck out five in 13 innings for Linfield (21-4).
Hesperia Christian finished 20-4.