Lauren Sweet’s slam lifts Corona Santiago to Division I softball title

Senior catcher Lauren Sweet hit a grand slam to center field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, lifting Corona Santiago to a 4-1 victory over Anaheim Canyon in the Southern Section Division 1 softball championship Saturday night at Barber Park in Irvine.

It was Sweet’s 15th homer of the season. Sophomore Erica Romero pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts for the third-seeded Sharks (28-5), who won their 20th consecutive game.

Freshman Taylor Swearingen led off the third inning with a home run to right-center field that put the wild-card Comanches ahead, 1-0. She had a chance to blow the game open in the next inning with the bases loaded and two outs but popped to shortstop Carissa Turang.

Senior Cheyanne Tarango came within a few feet of doubling Canyon’s lead in the sixth, but center fielder Brittany Abacherli reached up to catch her high fly ball.


Santiago had runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but Randel Leahy popped to shortstop and Erin Rodriguez grounded to first baseman Swearingen, who bobbled the ball before diving to the bag just ahead of Rodriguez.

Tarango pitched a two-hitter with five strikeouts for Canyon (23-8).

Camarillo 5, La Mirada 1: Sarah Shadinger pitched a four-hitter with two strikeouts, Bianca Noriega opened the scoring with a solo home run and Kristie Dederick had run-scoring singles in the fourth and fifth innings as fourth-seeded Camarillo (24-7) shook off three errors to beat La Mirada in the Division 2 final.

Ana Pedroza’s RBI single pulled unseeded La Mirada (21-12) to within 5-2 with no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, but umpires ruled that Pedroza batted out of order, she was called out and the run was erased.

Dos Pueblos 5, Fontana Kaiser 0: Hannah Harris pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts as Dos Pueblos (22-9) shut out Fontana Kaiser to win the Division 4 title.

Downey Calvary Chapel 6, Redlands Citrus Valley 5: In the Division 6 final, top-seeded Downey Calvary Chapel (26-4) scored three runs in the first and three in the seventh to beat third-seeded Redlands Citrus Valley for its 17th straight win.