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Sea View in 3-way tie
Sea View in 3-way tie
Laguna Hills' victory over Foothill, 1-0, means it's crowded at the top.
It appears the only thing certain about Sea View League softball is nothing is certain.
No. 10 Laguna Hills knocked off No. 8 Foothill, 1-0, on Wednesday at Laguna Hills High to create a three-way tie for first place among the Hawks, the Knights and Aliso Niguel.
Woodbridge is still lurking in fourth place, one game behind the frontrunners, and Newport Harbor could be a spoiler.
"This league, obviously, is crazy," Hawks coach Cary Crouch said.
Laguna Hills took the advantage in the bottom of the first inning when catcher Rosey Neill hit a two-out triple down the left-field line and scored on a wild pitch.
Hawks ace Sam Hamner had some close calls, but she came up with big pitches when she needed them to record the six-hit shutout.
She struck out four and walked one.
Foothill got runners on first and third in the fourth but came up empty.
The Knights had runners on second and third in the fifth after back-to-back bunt singles by Katy Erickson and McKenna Lowe and a sacrifice by Valerie Vega, but couldn't push a run across.
Hamner retired the final six batters in order.
Laguna Hills and Foothill split the season series.
Foothill beat Laguna Hills, 2-0, on April 12.
"I made adjustments," Neill said. "Our whole team made adjustments. I'm of the opinion that losses are as valuable as wins. They force you to learn."
There are some of the key games remaining on the schedule: Aliso Niguel (17-6-2, 5-2) vs. Foothill (19-7, 5-2) at Hillview School on Friday; Laguna Hills (18-5-2, 5-2) vs. Woodbridge (12-14, 4-3) at Barber Park on Friday; Foothill vs. Woodbridge at Barber Park on Tuesday and Laguna Hills at Aliso Niguel on May 12.
In other Sea View League games:
Aliso Niguel 3, Newport Harbor 0:Kelly McDonald went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and pitched a two-hitter with three strikeouts to lift the Wolverines over the visiting Sailors (13-9-1, 2-5).
Woodbridge 5, Irvine 0: Krista Seeman pitched a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts to help the Warriors beat the host Vaqueros (2-16, 0-7).
In the Sunset League:
Esperanza 13, Edison 0: Amy Tunstall and Jessica Olguin each went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, and Melissa Marinacci went 2 for 4 with four RBIs as the Aztecs (12-10, 4-3) pounded the visiting Chargers (8-14, 3-4).
Marina 8, Fountain Valley 0: Krystal Heinle pitched a five-hitter with 15 strikeouts and went 3 for 4 with two RBIs to pace the Vikings (13-10, 5-2) in a victory over the host Barons (6-17, 2-5).
Marina remains tied for first place with Los Alamitos.
Los Alamitos 1, Huntington Beach 0:Megan Mawn doubled and scored the only run in the bottom of the third, and Stacey Nelson pitched a two-hitter with seven strikeouts as the Griffins (16-10, 5-2) avenged one of their league losses with a victory over the visiting Oilers (13-11, 2-5).
In the South Coast League:
El Toro 4, Dana Hills 2: Freshman shortstop Niki Williams went 2 for 2 with an RBI and a run as the Chargers (19-7, 6-1) defeated the host Dolphins (8-16-1, 2-5).
In the Golden West League:
Orange 16, Saddleback 3: Jenny Ramos went 3 for 3 with a homer and five RBIs and Christina Aragon went 3 for 3 with four RBIs as the Panthers (9-10, 6-4) beat the host Roadrunners (3-12, 0-9).
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