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Pitching, hitting coming through for Edison

Hecht throws a pair of one-hitters, which complements offensive outburst in recent wins for Chargers softball team.

April 06, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Eidson's Henry Owens gets a hand shake from Cody Schneekluth after beating Marina 3-0 during a Sunset League game on Friday.
Eidson's Henry Owens gets a hand shake from Cody… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

For the second time in her last two outings, Ally Hecht did her thing in the pitcher's circle.

Edison's senior pitcher threw a one-hitter in Tuesday's Sunset League opener against rival Fountain Valley and, combined with 11 strikeouts, paved the way in a 9-3 victory over the visiting Barons.

At the Woodbridge Tournament Monday, Hecht also pitched a one-hitter and fanned nine in taming El Modena.

In Tuesday's win over Fountain Valley, the Chargers had plenty of offensive firepower. Juniors Megan Feuerstein and Madison Hickman both went three for four with two runs batted in, sophomore Karley Wester went three for four with three runs scored and junior Jessica Plaza hit a three-run home run.

Edison started play Saturday at the Woodbridge Tournament and won its first two games, beating Tesoro, 11-1, in five innings, and Corona, 9-2. On Monday, the Chargers shut down El Modena, 6-0, in a quarterfinal round game that went six innings. In addition to Hecht's one-hitter, Feurestein and junior Casey Africano both hit solo home runs.

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The Chargers improved to 10-1 and are on a five-game win streak heading into Thursday's 3:15 game at Huntington Beach.

"The girls are playing a ton of softball this week with the Woodbridge Tournament and our first week of league play," Edison assistant coach Brittany Hyams said. "They are doing a fantastic job of coming out ready to play, and they have been solid both offensively and defensively. Its been a really exciting season so far."

Edison will play a semifinal game at the Woodbridge Tournament against La Habra at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Bill Barber Park in Irvine.

Prior to facing Edison, Fountain Valley took on Ocean View in nonleague play March 29 and scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a tie and take a 7-2 win from the visiting Seahawks.

The Barons host Marina at 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

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In other softball action:

Marina: Well, No. 400 is in the books for Marina head coach Shelly Luth, who, in her 20th year at the school, recorded her 400th coaching victory with a 9-1 win Tuesday against visiting Newport Harbor. Freshman Tera Blanco struck out 13 in a complete game to run her record to 8-0. Senior Chloe Kaneko went three for four with five RBIs and junior Sandy Simmons two for two.

"It was a fun game," said Luth, whose team improved to 2-0 in league and 9-1-1 overall. "The kids are really playing well right now. I'm very happy for them."

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