Softball Roundup: Marina perfect through first round

Marina capped a perfect run through the opening round of Sunset League softball play Tuesday by shutting out host Fountain Valley, 7-0.

Junior Tera Blanco pitched a two-hitter and had two hits including a home run on offense. Blanco is now 20-2 on the mound, and the Vikings also are 20-2 overall.

Sydney McCollum went three for four and Emili Olague had two hits for Marina, which ended the first half of Sunset action with a 5-0 record.

The Vikings are ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division 1.

Fountain Valley ended the first half of league play 1-4.

"The team is playing well and we need to continue to work harder as our targets on our backs get bigger," Marina Coach Shelly Luth said. "The girls need to focus and stay challenged and not get complacent.

"Sydney McCollum, Samantha Agamaite and Sydnee Cable, are tearing it up offensively."

Edison stayed hot on the heels of Marina in the Sunset standings by coming from behind to defeat host Huntington Beach Tuesday, 5-2. Isabella Stoner had two RBIs, Liz Talataina a triple with an RBI and winning pitcher Sammy Cordova struck out seven.

Huntington took a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning where Edison scored four runs to go in front. Anna Kufta's RBI single in the third inning gave the Oilers their 1-0 lead.

Huntington had seven hits including a double by Raegan Zschach. Pitcher Micaela Vierra struck out eight.

Huntington is tied for third place in league at 2-3, and is 12-10 overall.

"The girls played with a ton a fight to come back from behind to win," said Edison Coach Kim Ensey whose team improved to 4-1 in league and 15-8 overall.

In Sunset League games Thursday, Edison plays host to Newport Harbor and Marina is at Los Alamitos, both games starting at 3:15 p.m., and Huntington plays host to Fountain Valley at 6 p.m.

Sunset play continues at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday with Edison playing at Los Alamitos, Fountain Valley at home against Newport Harbor, and Marina at home to Huntington.


Ocean View: The Seahawks won a pair of Golden West League wins in the past week, defeating Orange and Westminster.

Ocean View ran its league record to 3-1 and maintained second place in the league standings by routing host Orange, 16-4, on April 19. The Seahawks (15-3) had their biggest offensive outburst of the season with 19 hits and 16 runs. Several Seahawks had multiple hits including Jade Bustamonte, who finished with four hits including a double and two-run home run that led to five runs. Olivia Russ also had four hits, Tobi Salzman and Erika Jason, who had three hits apiece and Anika Ortiz had two hits and five RBIs.

Brittany Hitchcock pitched a complete game allowing only three hits and two earned runs. The senior struck out 11 to gain her 14th win of the season.

On April 17, the Seahawks blanked Westminster, 3-0. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth where Bustamonte drew a lead-off walk followed by Jason who, on her first pitch, hit a two-run home run. The Seahawks added another run when Cassie Baughman and Ortiz singled, Alyssa Slater laid down a bunt to advance both runners, and Baughman scored on an error.

Hitchcock started her busy work week on the mound by one-hitting the Panthers with 10 strikeouts.

Ocean View, ranked No. 4 in Division 4, had a chance to climb into a tie for first-place Wednesday when it took on league-leading Loara. The score from that game wasn't available at press time. The Seahawks play host to Santa Ana at 3:15 p.m. Friday and next Wednesday travel to face Segerstrom at 3:15 p.m.


CIF Weekly Softball Rankings (week of April 22)

Division 1: Marina, No. 2.

Division 4: Ocean View, No. 4.

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