Crescenta Valley-Foothill Junior softball dominates en route to Section 2 title

MONTROSE — While its three-game shutout streak had to come to an end, the Crescenta Valley-Foothill Junior All-Star softball team still easily wrapped up its second championship in a week.

As it did in capturing the District 16 title, CV-Foothill racked up plenty of hits (13) and capitalized on a number of errors (five) to win the Section 2 championship by a double-digit margin, 12-1, with a win over West Lancaster in five innings Tuesday night at Montrose Community Park.

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“It has been a little bit easy, but the next round certainly will not be,” said CVFH Coach Will Thayer, whose team has outscored its opponents 65-1 in all four games it’s played. “This is the end of easy street.”

CV-Foothill, which won the District 16 title on July 9 and also features players from Burbank, will next play in the Southern California Division tournament Sunday at 7 p.m. at Scholl Canyon Park. It will face the winner of Saturday's game between the Section 9 and 5 victors.

“I expected to win, I think, but maybe not by this much,” CVFH corner infielder Sophie Georges said of her team’s success. “[The next round] will be a lot harder.”

Playing as the away team, CVFH scratched out two runs on three hits and two errors to open the game. A one-out line single up the middle from Alex Howard (three for four, two runs batted in, three runs) was compounded by a throwing error from center field that moved her to third. A Jordan Lousararian bloop double opened the scoring. Lousararian scored on the next play after another error to increase the lead to 2-0 in the top of the first inning.

Two more errors and four hits — most notably a RBI triple from Brenda Gamez (two RBI) and two-run homer from Georges — pushed Crescenta Valley-Foothill's advantage to 7-0 in the top of the third inning.

“I knew it was around there, I wasn’t sure if it went over or not,” said Georges of the home run. “This is my first [home run] at any level. It felt great.”

Four hits and an error brought the mercy rule into effect by giving CVFH a 10-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. It was then put in question on a West Lancaster RBI double in the bottom half, but two more CVFH runs cemented the win after five innings.

With two players from Burbank — Julia Duarte of Burbank High and Kaitlin Okimoto of Burroughs High -- on its roster Crescenta Valley-Foothill had previously been referred to as Burbank-CV-Foothill in publication and tournament brackets. However, CV-Foothill coach clarified on Tuesday that the team was simply Crescenta Valley-Foothill.

And, if nothing more, CV-Foothill clarified once again it has hopes beyond winning district and section crowns.

“I practice them hard, we have fun, but they come and they work,” he said. “We work hard because we have a goal.”

Camie Ellingford and Taylor Schaffer both went two for three for CVFH. Howard and Lousararian dominated in the circle, as Howard went three shutout innings, giving up no runs and recording as many strikeouts and hits she gave up (two). Lousararian allowed four hits, one run and struck out two in two innings.

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