Randy Cruz saw the delivery from a different perspective Monday.
Stationed behind home plate and in the visitor’s dugout at the Saddleback High softball field, site of Ocean View’s Golden West League game with the host Roadrunners, the Seahawks coach got a first-hand, straight-on look at freshman pitcher Brittany Hitchcock.
“Her ball was really moving well and her inside and out pitches and drop curve were really happening,” Cruz said. “It was really great to see her throw from that vantage point.”
Hitchcock was sheer perfection Monday, the second time she’s achieved such status this season, when the Seahawks scored a five-inning, 11-0 victory.
The triumph moved Ocean View a step closer to repeating as league champion.
Hitchcock’s perfect game included 13 strikeouts. It marked the second time she has recorded a perfect game against the Roadrunners this year: she first did it on April 28 with a 17-strikeout performance that resulted in a 7-0 victory.
She is now 5-2 on the year and also has a no-hitter and one-hitter to her credit.
Vanessa Cardoza went three for four Monday with a two-run home run in the third inning, to go along with two doubles.
Ocean View concluded its league and regular season Wednesday at home against Orange. The score wasn’t available at press time.
The CIF softball pairings will be announced Sunday.
Track and Field
Six members of the Huntington Beach boys’ track and field team qualified for the CIF Southern Section Track and Field Championships preliminaries May 15 at Moorpark High.
Qualifiers are: Ramon Vargas (110, 300 hurdles), Kaller Roemer (high jump, long jump), Hayden Raye (long jump, 100-meters), Austin Simpkins (200-meters), Michael Loschiavo (pole vault, ranked seventh in state) and the 4 X 100 team of Vargas, Raye, Simpkins and Fisher Chavira.
At the Sea View League finals Friday at Trabuco Hills, Oilers winning individual league titles were Vargas (110 hurdles), Roemer (long jump, high jump) and Loschiavo (pole vault). The 4 X 100 relay team set a school record time of 43.27.
“This was a season of development for the boys’ track program at Huntington Beach,” Oilers Coach Clim Moore said. “So, I’m very proud of these young men who have made a personal commitment to the team and for their accomplishments so far. I hope that they go out and have fun and enjoy the experience and do what they have done all season long. Leave it on the track so when the (CIF) meet is over, they will know they gave it 110%. That would be perfect.”
Huntington Beach High’s Meghan White and Marina’s Reneé Lindquist played their final prep basketball game Saturday when they suited up for South in the Orange County Optimist’s North-South Girls’ Senior All-Star Game at Concordia University.
White, who will play at Whitman College in Washington next year, led the South in rebounding with 11 rebounds. She also had two assists and blocked a shot. Lindquist, who will attend UC Berkeley in the fall, had two assists, a steal and made a three-pointer late in the game, but the South fell to the North, 80-72.