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Thursday's Roundup: Rosary wins exciting showdown; Los Al romps in opener
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THURSDAY'S O.C. ROUNDUP
GAME OF THE DAY
ROSARY 2, SOUTH HILLS 1
Amelia Wiercioch and her Rosary teammates are likely to win a lot of games this season, but there might not be many wins that top what they did Thursday.
At least not in terms of excitement - and significance.
The Duke-bound Wiercioch escaped from a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, striking out South Hills' cleanup hitter, to secure a 2-1 nonleague victory for the Royals at Fullerton College.
South Hills (0-1) is the top-ranked team in the San Gabriel Valley.
Rosary improved to 5-0 and is ranked No. 9 in the Register's season-opening poll.
Wiercioch was matched against Florida-bound junior Natalie Lugo. Both pitchers allowed five hits, Lugo had more strikeouts (7-6), but Wiercioch (5-0) didn't allow any earned runs.
Rosary scored with two runs with two outs in the fifth inning. Nicole Siess walked, stole second and scored on a bloop double by Katelyn Christensen. Andi Hester followed with a single to drive in Siess and give Rosary a 2-0 lead.
South Hills scored in the sixth and loaded the bases in the seventh, but Wiercioch ended the game with a strikeout.
In other nonleague games:
LOS ALAMITOS 12, DANA HILLS 0
The Griffins, ranked No. 2 in the Register's season-opening poll, got an early boost from Cami Sellers' grand slam in the first inning and cruised to a victory in their season opener.
Andrea Gonzalez added a solo home run in the first inning. She finished 2 for 2 (2 R, 2 RBI).
Jenna Holcomb went 3 for 3 with a double and stole two bases.
Ryan Denhart earned the victory, giving up two hits and striking our five in four innings.
SANTA MARGARITA 8, TRABUCO HILLS 0
Paige Vargas (2-1) pitched a three-hitter for the Eagles, and Alex deJong (1-2, 2 RBI), Isabella Florentina (1-4, 2 RBI, 2B) and Miranda Johnson (2-2, 3R, RBI, 2B, 3B) led the way at the plate.
ANAHEIM 4, ESTANCIA 0
Sandra Avila (1-0) pitched a complete game, allowing five hits and striking out six. Carolyn Rodarte went 2 for 2 (RBI, 3B) and Linda Romo went 3 for 3.
ALISO NIGUEL 4, TESORO 2
Nikki Pica collected 11 strikeouts while pitching a complete game for the Wolverines.
Pica (1-0) allowed five hits and walked two.
Leading the way at the plate for Aliso Niguel were Lindsey Altfillisch (1-3), Kate Polucha (1-3, 2B), Paige Sandoval (1-3) and Calista Zervakos (2-3, RBI).
Tesoro's Rylee Argue (1-3, 2B) and Taylor Levin (1-1, RBI) produced at the plate.
BOLSA GRANDE 11, BRETHREN CHRISTIAN 9
The Matadors scored nine runs in first two innings went on to collect their first win of the season.
Among the standouts for Bolsa Grande were Selena Guerrero (1-3, 2 R, 2B), Crystal Jimenez (2-4, 2 R), Bianca Ramirez (2 RBI) and Kelly Vargas 1-3 (R, 3B).
SAVANNA 3, ST. ANTHONY 1
The Rebels improved their record to 4-0 as Shyanne Fennell pitched a four-hitter. She also contributed two doubles.
Karlee Rivera was 2 for 3 with a stolen base for Savanna.
St. Anthony is ranked in CIF-SS Division 6.
NEWPORT HARBOR 11, SANTIAGO 6
The Sailors rolled to a victory by scoring nine runs in the first two innings.
Leah Freeman and Ashley McNerney both had three stolen bases for Newport Harbor, and Haley Martinez added two steals. McNerney also added four RBI.
Samantha Del Toro (6IP, 6R, 4H, 5K, BB) collected the win for the Sailors.
EL DORADO 13, WALNUT 1
The Golden Hawks got home runs from Jordan Matthews (3-4, 4 RBI), Katie Petredes (2-4, 3 RBI) and Emily Klee (2-3, 2 RBI).
|Santa Margarita 8, Trabuco Hills 0||Details|
|Rosary 2, South Hills 1||Details|
|Anaheim 4, Estancia 0||Details|
|Los Alamitos 12, Dana Hills 0||Details|
|Whittier Christian 8, Monrovia 6||Details|
|Aliso Niguel 4, Tesoro 2||Details|
|Bolsa Grande 11, Brethren Christian 9||Details|
|Savanna 3, St. Anthony 1||Details|
|Newport Harbor 11, Santiago 6||Details|
|El Dorado 13, Walnut 1||Details|
|Valencia 11, Cerritos 1||Details|