East Romps in Little League Reunion, 8-1


The San Fernando Valley All-Star softball game provided a last hurrah for five members of the 1997 World Series championship team from Park View Little League in Palmdale.

Each contributed heavily to the East's 8-1 victory over the West on Monday at the Glendale Sports Complex in a showcase of the region's top graduating seniors.

Nichole Rawson of Highland slugged only the second home run in the event's 15-year history, sister Natalie Rawson doubled, Kellie Cox of Quartz Hill had two hits and two runs and Jackie Kolesar of Paraclete added a hit and several flashy plays at third base.

Catcher Ashlie D'Errico of Highland was hitless, but handled Long Beach State-bound pitcher Meredith Cervenka through three no-hit innings.

"As soon as we got out there, I looked around and it seemed like old times," Kolesar said.

Said Cox: "I think we represented our [area] well."

Cervenka of Crescenta Valley, Amanda De La Cerda of Notre Dame and Lindsey Kontra of Hart limited the West to four singles, helping the East to its 11th victory and eighth in the last 10 games.

Lauren Watson of Valencia, selected the game's most valuable player, hit a two-run home run off Melissa Coogan of El Camino Real in the ninth and a run-scoring single off Nicole Angelo of Thousand Oaks in the third.

Angelo, who led the Lancers to the Southern Section Division II title, got the loss after allowing three runs in three innings. Coogan was tagged for five runs in three innings.

Katie Stokx of Newbury Park was the only West pitcher to go unscathed, throwing shutout ball through the three middle innings.

Krystal Mejia of Sylmar had a two-run single and Kristin Lueke of Hart added two hits for the East.

Michelle Newbold of Royal, winner of the pregame home run-hitting contest, had the West's run, scoring from third on a bases-loaded fielder's choice by Katie Kearns of Westlake.

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