Edison ready for title showdown

Edison positioned itself for a shot at an outright Sunset League softball title by taking care of important road business Tuesday.

The Chargers set up a Thursday showdown with Los Alamitos in a game that will determine the league champion by outlasting host Marina, 5-2, in 10 innings. The win put the Chargers at 22-3 and 8-1 in league. Marina dropped to 15-10 and 5-4.

Karley Wester went two for four, Maddy Hickman had a hit and walked twice and junior Sammy Cordova to improve to 22-3.

"The team is tough," Edison Coach Josh Musselman said of his Chargers. "And they really have each other's back. I am so excited for them and with their push into CIF. And after facing (Tera) Blanco today (Tuesday), this game will only make us better and stronger."

Cordova and Blanco, a sophomore, each threw 10 innings.

"Tera pitched really well and we played good," Marina Coach Shelly Luth said. "We had our chances many times. Sandy Simmons led the game off with a double, but we couldn't push it across. Edison is an outstanding team with all components — pitching, offense, defense and speed. I'm very proud of the way we played. We will make playoffs and hopefully, we peak then."

In other Sunset games Tuesday, Huntington Beach scored a 9-3 win over Newport Harbor, and Fountain Valley was edged, 1-0, at Los Alamitos.

In Huntington's home win over Newport Harbor, Justice Walker had two hits and became the first Oiler to hit a home run at Huntington's new field. Kaitlyn Lanksbury, Nataly Salazar and Emily Stoner helped pace the Oilers' 12-hit attack and sophomore Micalea Vierra went the distance and struck out five to register her 11th win of the season.

Huntington (15-11) is 3-6 in league and tied for fourth place.

Los Alamitos scored in the bottom of the seventh to escape with a 1-0 win over Fountain Valley. Tara Robinson went two for two to lead the Barons (17-11, 3-6) on offense. Senior Cerissa Rivera struck out three and gave up six hits in a complete game.

The Sunset schedule comes to a close Thursday. In addition to the Los Al-Edison game, Fountain Valley travels to Newport Harbor and Marina hosts Huntington. All games start at 3:15 p.m.

The champion of the Golden West League also was decided this week when Ocean View hosted Segerstrom on Wednesday in a game that determined the league champ. The score wasn't available at press time.

In a league game Monday, Ocean View (16-8, 8-1) defeated Santa Ana, 18-0, in a game halted after five innings. Winning pitcher Brittany Hitchcock didn't allow a hit or walk and struck out six in three innings to improve to 13-4. Anika Ortiz pitched the final two innings and gave up one hit without a walk and struck out four. Offensively, Kristin Nance had four hits and Hitchcock, Ortiz and Tobi Salzman had three hits each.


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