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Pacifica finds the runs to beat Royal
Pacifica coach Mark Campbell said he knew hits and runs - especially runs - were going to be hard to come by going up against Arizona-bound Nancy Bowling of Royal of Simi Valley.
The second-seeded Mariners managed to get four hits off Bowling and made each of them count in a 2-0 victory in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs on Tuesday at Rancho Park in Simi Valley.
"These games like this, with her (Bowling) in the circle, you just gotta survive every inning," Campbell said. "You gotta hope for something like that, maybe a mistake pitch or hope for a bad bounce or a walk to get a run across."
Campbell's daughter, Erika Campbell dealt the first big blow to Royal with a solo blast in the top of the fourth.
"Every at-bat I went in thinking this could be my last at-bat of the year, and I really don't want this year to end because I'm having a really good time with all these girls," Erika Campbell said. "I want to go all the way this year."
The Mariners added a run later in the fourth. Kristina Akiona and Kellsi Kloss drew walks. Kelsey Choate blooped one over second base. Highlanders shortstop Rachael Duncan made an incredible diving effort but came up short and it went for a single for Choate. Akiona scored from second on the play and Pacifica had a 2-0 lead.
Sophomore Kaylee Carlson and freshman Kaley Winegarner combined on a four-hit shutout. Carlson worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, four walks and striking out six to record the victory. Winegarner walked one and gave up one hit in 1 2/3 innings to nail down the save.
Pacifica (28-2), ranked No. 2 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports and No. 2 in the nation by ESPN, plays at Santiago of Corona in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Royal, ranked No. 8 in the state and No. 25 in the nation, finished 25-3.
In other Division 1 second-round games:
Esperanza 4, Mater Dei 3: The Aztecs (24-6) rallied from a 3-0 deficit and beat the visiting Monarchs (16-10) on Kirsten Griffith's two-run double in the bottom of the seventh.
Haleigh John hit a solo homer in the fifth and Nicole Schroeder added a solo blast in the sixth to help Esperanza cut Mater Dei's lead to 3-2.
"I am proud that the Esperanza girls kept battling and finally brought home a hard-fought win," Aztecs coach Ed Tunstall said.
Esperanza, ranked No. 9 in the state, plays at Vista Murrieta, ranked No. 19 in the state, in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Orange Lutheran 3, Valencia of Valencia 2 (11 inn.): Noelle Wagner drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th and the Lancers (27-4), ranked No. 4 in the state, held on to beat the host Vikings (20-11).
Orange Lutheran plays host to Edison, ranked No. 14 in the state, in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
In other second-round games:
In Division 1:
Vista Murrieta of Murrieta 5, Los Alamitos 2: Sierra Romero hit a three-run homer to power the host Broncos (22-4-1) past the fourth-seeded Griffins (23-7). Los Alamitos is ranked No. 11 in the state and Vista Murrieta is No. 19.
Norco 2, Etiwanda 0: Emily Lockman lost her no-hit bid with two outs in the top of the seventh and settled for a one-hitter to help the top-seeded Cougars (28-2) beat the visiting Eagles (21-7).
In Division 2:
Camarillo 3, Woodbridge 0: Sarah Shadinger had a two-run double and pitched a shutout as the second-seeded Scorpions (26-5) took care of the Warriors (17-13) at Barber Park. Camarillo is ranked No. 18 in the state.
In Division 4:
La Habra 6, Ocean View 5: Shannin Thomas singled through the right side of the infield to drive in Taylor Pierce with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Highlanders (22-8) the victory over the visiting Seahawks (17-10).
Garden Grove 3, Sunny Hills 0: Jasmine Antunez went 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and two RBIs and she pitched a two-hitter with three strikeouts to lift the visiting Argos (21-5) over the Lancers (15-10).