Already starting hot with a fourth place finish in the Duarte Tournament, La Cañada's softball team hit Monrovia hard on Friday, 6-1.
The Spartans improve to 5-1 on the season, their one loss coming from La Salle in the third-place game of the Duarte Tournament two weeks ago.
The Spartans were anchored by a great performance by sophomore Lauren O'Leary, who pitched six innings, allowing only one run on four hits.
“O'Leary had a great outing,” said Monrovia Head Coach Randy Medina. “A solid pitching performance and her defense made some great plays behind her. I give a lot of credit to their defense.”
Freshman Lauren Cox closed the game out with a perfect seventh inning.
Abby Ulf was 2-for-4 on the day with two RBIs. Anna Edwards was 1-for-3 with a double that nearly cleared the left field fence.
The goal this year for La Cañada is to win the Rio Hondo league, even though that'll be tough with Temple City and South Pasadena in their way.
“They've been playing softball together since September,” said La Cañada Head Coach K.C. Mathews, noting that last year, they didn't start playing together since January. “They're ready. They've been working hard and we're seeing those results.”
The Spartans returned all of their starters from last season, minus Kelly Horner, who graduated last year. Last year, the Spartans went 12-13, 7-5 in league.