Herbert Strikes Out 21 for Hoover

Sophomore Cori Herbert pitched a no-hitter and struck out 21 batters, including 17 in a row in one stretch, and the Hoover High softball team defeated Eisenhower, 2-0, on Tuesday at Eisenhower.

Herbert (2-1) allowed only a walk to Malinda McKeehan, the fourth batter of the game. She struck out the next 17 batters before McKeehan popped up for the second out of the seventh inning.

Eisenhower (4-2) had another runner on a throwing error by catcher Justine Takazawa in the first after a dropped third strike.

Herbert had three of Hoover's five hits. Takazawa gave the Tornadoes (2-1) a 1-0 lead with a fourth-inning sacrifice fly.

In other high school softball games:

Crescenta Valley 7, Verdugo Hills 0--Melinda Moulden (2-0) pitched a three-hitter and struck out seven for the Falcons (4-0) at Montrose Park.

Danielle Proctor had three hits for Crescenta Valley.

Agoura 3, Calabasas 0--Jennifer Grennan (4-1) pitched a five-hitter, struck out five and had a run-scoring triple for the Chargers (6-2) at Calabasas.

Harvard-Westlake 7, La Canada 5--Jenny Bruno's single broke a 5-5 tie in the seventh for the Wolverines (3-1) at La Canada.

Montclair Prep 10, Mayfield 1--Freshman Justine Heaussler had two hits, including a home run, for the Mounties at Brookside Park.

Poly 9, Belmont 3--Eileen Bermudez (2-2) allowed no earned runs while pitching a three-hitter and striking out 12 for the Parrots (2-2) in a victory at Belmont.

Van Nuys 6, Eagle Rock 5--Marissa Mochizuki and Elaine Penrod hit run-scoring singles with two out in the seventh inning to give the Wolves (1-3) a victory at Van Nuys.


Bakersfield 8, Valley 6--Angie Arroyo had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice but the Monarchs (8-5-1) couldn't overcome an 8-0 deficit in the WSC South Division game at Valley.

Bakersfield scored eight runs in the first inning.

Pierce 9, Santa Monica 2--Jennifer Del Real had three hits, including a home run, and Tammy Wilhite doubled and tripled for the Brahmas (7-6, 1-0) in a WSC game at Santa Monica.

Monica Gonzalez hit a home run for Pierce.


Valley 10, Bakersfield 3--Kris Rossfeld and Sigi Arroyo each had three hits and two runs batted in for the Monarchs in a Western State Conference game at Valley.

Kyle Leonard (3-1) struck out seven and scattered seven hits for Valley (7-11, 5-4), which got a two-run home run from Vic Palomares.

Oxnard 14, Ventura 4--Jack Wilson and Kevin Mellinger each had four hits for the Condors in a WSC game at Oxnard.

Matt Pitstick had three hits, including a three-run home run, for Oxnard (14-4, 7-1).


Granada Hills d. Chatsworth, 15-2, 15-12, 15-11--Mike Aleman had 15 kills for the defending City Section 4-A champion Highlanders (4-0) in the Northwest Valley Conference opener at Chatsworth.

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