Seniors power Canyon in rout of El Modena
No. 8 Canyon needed a dramatic four-run rally in the final inning to beat No. 7 El Modena in the first meeting. This time, the Comanches took care of their bitter rivals with a resounding 13-5 victory in a Century League showdown on Tuesday at Canyon High.
It was Senior Day for Canyon and Canyon's seniors came through for the Comanches. Youngstown State-bound Kelly Stowe went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs and Arizona-bound Lauren Young went 2 for 2 with a double, three runs and an RBI.
"Playing El Mo is a once-in-a-lifetime expperience," Stowe said. "Having that competition everytime we play them ... there's nothing else like it. It gives you the best adrenaline rush you could get."
El Modena jumped all over Canyon in the top of the first. Megan McCune scored from third on a wild pitch and freshman Paulina Anasis added an RBI single to stake the Vanguards to a 2-0 lead.
The Comanches responded with a three-run rally in the bottom of the first. Stowe got a two-run single with the bases loaded and Hailey Hilburn added a sacrifice fly to drive in the go-ahead run.
"I was just focused on getting a base hit, not really thinking home run or anything, just wanting to hit the ball hard somewhere," Stowe said. "It just so happened to go in a hole."
The blowout was on after Canyon scored five runs in the second. Sophomore Taylor Swearingen also had a big day for Canyon, going 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs.
Canyon (16-8, 9-2) took sole possession of second place by beating El Modena (19-8, 8-3).
In the Sunset League:
Edison 5, Marina 2 (10 inn.): Tera Blanco held the Chargers to one hit through nine scoreless innings before Edison (23-3, 8-1) erupted for four hits and five runs in the top of the 10th to pull out the victory over the Vikings (18-11, 5-4).
Sammy Cordova went the distance, allowing four hits to get the victory for the Chargers.
Marina clinched third place despite the loss because Fountain Valley lost to Los Alamitos.
Los Alamitos 1, Fountain Valley 0: Bionca Trejo walked with the bases loaded to force in pinch runner MacKenzie Kutzke with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as the Griffins (21-6, 8-1) avenged their lone league loss by beating the visiting Barons (17-11, 3-6).
Halle Humphrey allowed three hits and recorded the shutout for Los Alamitos. The Griffins play at Edison on Thursday at 3:15 with the Sunset League title on the line. Los Alamitos won the first meeting against Edison, 2-1, on April 24.
In the Freeway League:
La Habra 11, Troy 5: Racquel Manzo went 4 for 5 with a double and Maleena Esparza and Sammie Klein had two hits apiece to help the Highlanders (19-8, 8-1) clinch at least a share of their fourth consecutive league championship.
Sunny Hills 16, Fullerton 1: Marjani Knighten went 5 for 5 with a double, three homers and five RBIs to lead the Lancers' 21-hit attack in a victory over the Indians (12-15, 5-4) as Sunny Hills (13-9, 7-2) retained second place.
Fullerton, which is tied for third place with Troy (14-12, 5-4), closes out the regular season against first-place La Habra on Thursday. Troy closes out the regular season at Sonora.
In the Trinity League:
Mater Dei 8, JSerra 1: Katie Kendricks went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, Morganne Flores went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Nicolette Udria went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI and Alyssa Yglesias went 3 for 5 with an RBI to help the host Monarchs (16-9, 6-2) clinch second place.