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El Dorado outlasts El Toro in 8

El Dorado outlasts El Toro in 8

The Orange County Register
Burney's single over a drawn-in infield lifts the Golden Hawks.

They don't give style points in softball, but Julie Burney's single was pretty enough for El Dorado.

Burney blooped a single over the drawn-in infield to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth as the top-seeded Golden Hawks outlasted El Toro, 2-1, in a CIF-SS Division II quarterfinal Thursday at El Dorado High.

"I was nervous," Burney said. "I wasn't hitting that well this game, the whole season, actually. It wasn't that good of a hit, but it worked."

El Toro loaded the bases in the top of the first, but couldn't push a run across. The Chargers took a 1-0 lead on Sarah Ziegler's RBI single in the top of the third.

Golden Hawks ace Alyssa Freight shut down the Chargers the rest of the way. Freight retired the side in order in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings before giving up a two-out single to Ziegler.

El Dorado tied it in the bottom of the fourth when Amanda Santa Maria drove in K.C. Craddick with a two-out single.

The Golden Hawks loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the eighth on a double by Christie Nieto, a single by Emily Troup and an intentional walk to Craddick to set the stage for Burney.

The Golden Hawks (23-2-1), who beat El Toro, 9-2, in the semifinals of the Carew Classic on April 15, move on to a semifinal game at Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday. Chino Hills plays Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates in the other semifinal.

El Toro, the South Coast League champion, finished the season 24-8.

In other Division II games:

Rancho Cucamonga 1, Kennedy 0: Adrienne Monka doubled in Bernae Sevilla in the top of the seventh as the visiting Cougars (24-3) upset the fourth-seeded Fighting Irish (22-5).

Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates 2, El Modena 0: Kat Delpit homered in the second inning, and Monica Alnes pitched a two-hitter as the second-seeded Panthers (23-3) knocked off the visiting Vanguards (21-10-1).

In Division IV:

Chaminade of West Hills 2, Savanna 0: Megan Tupper had an RBI double, and Danielle Zymkowitz had an RBI single as the visiting Eagles (20-9) rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh to upset the second-seeded Rebels (23-3).

In Division VI:

Whittier Christian 9, Woodcrest Christian of Riverside 8: The visiting Heralds (16-5) scored two runs in the top of the seventh to upset the fourth-seeded Royals (17-8).

Kaitlyn Pace scored the tying run on an error, then Carly Goodman drove in Linsey Lancelotti with a two-out single up the middle for the winning run.

Trina McGee had two doubles and drove in a run for Whittier Christian.

Rosemead 2, Oxford Academy 0: Sophomore Danielle Armenta scattered six hits to record her third consecutive shutout in the playoffs as the host Panthers (15-5) upset the top-seeded Patriots (17-8).

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