High School Roundup: Huntington Beach softball powers up in first-round win

Huntington Beach's Devyn Greer pitches against Marina
Huntington Beach’s Devyn Greer pitches against Marina during a Surf League softball game at Huntington Beach High School on Wednesday, April 28.
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Mikayla Carman and Devyn Greer homered for Huntington Beach in its 3-1 win over Temecula Great Oak at home to begin the CIF Southern Section Division 1 softball playoffs on Thursday night.

Greer went the distance in the pitching circle, allowing just three hits and racking up 13 strikeouts.

Sophia Knight added two hits, and Zoe Nakutis scored a run for the second-seeded Oilers.

Huntington Beach (21-4) will be at Mater Dei (11-7) in the second round on Saturday.

No. 3 Pacifica 3, Marina 2 (11 innings): Makayla Mathis had three hits and drove in a run, but the Vikings fell short in their upset bid on the road on Thursday in a Division 1 first-round game.

Zoe King also had a base hit and a run batted in for Marina. Analiah Lummus had a double and a run scored, and Briana Gonzalez had a hit and scored a run.

Mathis threw a complete game, allowing three earned runs on four hits and six walks over 10 1/3 innings pitched.

Pacifica (19-3) plays at Vista Murrieta (16-5) in its second-round game.

Newport Harbor 10, Santiago 0 (six innings): Lindsey Blanchfield had three hits and two runs batted in to lead the Sailors to a first-round win at home in the Division 4 playoffs.

Kori Villeneuve also had a home run and drove in two runs for Newport Harbor. Alexis Amaro added a triple with three RBIs, and Dru Stinson also had a double.

Ava Nolan struck out four over six scoreless innings for the Sailors.

Newport Harbor (16-8) travels to Segerstrom (20-2) for its next game on Saturday.

Rialto Carter 4, Fountain Valley 3: CJ Garcia had three hits and drove in a pair of runs, but the visiting Barons fell to the San Andreas League champion Lions on Thursday in the first round of the Division 5 playoffs.

Taylor Reynolds added two hits and a run scored for Fountain Valley. Kira Velasco and Marissa Sardinas each scored a run. Samara Ortega and Brooke Bonny each had one hit.

Fountain Valley (12-13) was the second-place team in the Wave League this season.

Carter (10-0) remains at home to face Victorville University Prep (15-4) in the second round.

Ocean View 15, Savanna 1: Nivea Armenta had a pair of doubles to lead a big offensive showing from the host Seahawks on Thursday in a Division 5 first-round game.

Ari Hencke, Ashley Capelouto, Desyree Arizmendi and Sienna Erskine each had one double for Ocean View.

Arizmendi threw a complete game with nine strikeouts in the contest.

Ocean View (13-10) will go on the road to oppose Ontario Christian (12-9) in the second round on Saturday.

Rancho Alamitos 14, Costa Mesa 4 (five innings): The Mustangs lost their Division 6 playoff opener on the road to the Vaqueros on Thursday.

Costa Mesa (10-6) was the second-place team in the Orange Coast League this season.

Rancho Alamitos (14-9) stays at home for a second-round matchup with Alhambra (10-1).


Huntington Beach 1, Santa Margarita 0 (eight innings): Ralph Velasquez walked with the bases loaded, scoring Brian Trujillo, as the Oilers walked off as winners in Thursday’s CIF Southern Section Division 1 first-round playoff game at home.

Caden Aoki pitched eight shutout innings for the victory for Huntington Beach (24-4). Aoki allowed five hits and did not walk a batter, striking out five in his postseason debut for the Oilers.

Velasquez and Mark Muranaka had the only two hits for Huntington Beach, which overcame a standout pitching performance from Santa Margarita’s Jack Svinth.

Huntington Beach, which has won 14 straight games, plays at Corona in the second round Tuesday.

Fountain Valley 6, Chino Don Lugo 5: Ryan Sullivan hit the go-ahead single in the top of the seventh inning, scoring Tim Grack, for the Barons in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs Thursday on the road.

Keith Aguilar was three for four with two runs batted in for Fountain Valley (15-13). Blake Wentz and Adam Baggetta had two hits each.

Wentz got the win after pitching 3 1/3 shutout relief innings for the Barons, who host Chino Hills in the second round Tuesday.


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