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Marina's Sam Agamaite tocuhes the plate with her hand to score the winning run in the Vikings' 2-1 victory over Edison in a Sunset League game Thursday.

Agamaite makes Marina front-runner in Sunset

OCVARSITY.COM

Sam Agamaite saw an opening and took it, and she gave Marina sole possession of first place in the Sunset League in the process as the Vikings defeated Edison, 2-1, on Thursday at Marina High.

With the score knotted, 1-1, Agamaite, who has signed with UNLV, walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh, then took second on a wild pitch.

Tera Blanco hit a sharp single to right field. Marina coach Shelly Luth tried to stop Agamaite at third, but the senior saw a slight hesitation from Edison right fielder Chiara DeMarco, so Agamaite took off for home.

DeMarco delivered a strike to the plate, but catcher Reis Birkett bobbled the ball and Agamaite slid in safely with the winning run.

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Carlos Arias' live blog remix from Edison-Marina

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"Sam Agamaite is one of the best baserunners I've ever had, and I held her up because there would have only been one out," Luth said. "She went for it. She saw a loophole, and runners like that I have to give it to her, because she is so good."

Agamaite's aggressiveness ended up boosting the Vikings.

"I think I scared her (the catcher) a little bit," Agamaite said. "I was coming in hard. I'm not letting up for anybody."

Blanco pitched all 14 innings in Marina's 6-3 victory over Huntington Beach on Tuesday, and she was looking to finish things in the bottom of the seventh against Edison.

"My team definitely pumped me up for that at-bat," Blanco said. "I just knew it had to be done. I'm not going to go 14 innings again."

Blanco pitched all seven innings, allowed five hits, one walk and hit one batter to go with seven strikeouts.

The Vikings (22-3, 7-1) took sole possession of first place in the Sunset League with the victory over the Chargers (17-9, 6-2). Marina can clinch the league championship with a victory at Newport Harbor on Tuesday.

In the Century League:

El Modena 3, Foothill 2: With two runners on, Foothill's Chrissy Woodling doubled to drive in one run before right fielder Mikaela Viloria relayed the ball to second baseman Reece Vanderhoff, who gunned down the potential tying run at the plate to end the game.

Molly Sturdivant's two-run double in the fourth gave the Vanguards (15-11, 6-5) a 2-1 lead over the visiting Knights (16-11, 6-4).

In the Empire League:

Pacifica 7, Valencia 0: Kaylee Carlson pitched a perfect game with 17 strikeouts as the visiting Mariners (21-5, 8-1) beat the Tigers (8-18, 3-7).

Contact the writer: carias@ocregister.com


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