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Walk-off shot lifts F.V.

Trailing by a run in bottom of the seventh, Fountain Valley's Brenda Bott hits three-run home run to lift Barons past Oilers, 3-1.

April 13, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

Tuesday's Sunset League softball showdown between Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley was a pitchers' duel much of the way, but in the final two innings, it ended up being decided by the long ball.

Huntington had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth on a solo home run by Justice Walker and took that advantage into the bottom of the seventh. With two on in Fountain Valley's last at-bat, Brenda Bott delivered a three-run, walk-off home run to lift the host Barons to a 3-1 victory.

Huntington freshman Micaela Vierra and Fountain Valley's Cerissa Rivera dominated much of the game, Vierra by giving up four hits while Rivera surrendered three hits, two walks and struck out 18.

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"It was a must-win game and the girls never gave up, and it paid off," Fountain Valley Coach Rick Aldrich said."

"The Fountain Valley pitcher (Rivera) was stellar and made us defenseless in putting the ball in play," Huntington Coach Jeff Forsberg said. "But our pitcher (Vierra) also threw very well and really grew-up in her game presence."

"(It was) a great game as the only difference was their home run came with runners on base, while ours had none. A typical Sunset game. We are learning to play all seven innings against very good teams."

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In other softball action:

Edison: The Chargers (14-1, 2-0 league) pounded out 17 hits and junior Sammy Cordova threw a no-hitter with nine strikeouts Tuesday in a 13-0 Sunset League rout of host Newport Harbor. Katie Shinrock went four for five with four runs, Casey Africano three for five and Madison Hickman- three for five with five RBIs.

On Saturday, Edison defeated La Habra, 5-4, in the semifinals, then ML King, 8-2, in the championship game to win the Woodbridge Tournament. Rachel Vitali and Megan Feurestein made the all-tournament team for the Chargers.

Marina: In a key Sunset League game, the Vikings took a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning against visiting Los Alamitos but it was there that the Dana Rex smashed a grand slam home run to lift the Griffins to a 4-1 victory. Marina freshman pitcher Tera Blanco, who suffered her first loss in falling to 9-1, and Nicolette Lujan both doubled for the Vikings.

Ocean View: The Seahawks last played April 6 and scored a 12-0 shutout of Westminster in their Golden West League opener. Celine Fuentes tossed a four-hit shutout and doubled on offense. Jacelyn Nelson had two hits and Sarah Craig and Brittany Hitchcock also doubled.

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