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Edison edges Vikings in 13

Chargers come back from 2-0 deficit and score winning run in the 13th inning. They also win 3-day Vegas tournament.

April 27, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Edison went 6-1 to win the Las Vegas Centennial Spring Jamboree.
Edison went 6-1 to win the Las Vegas Centennial Spring… (Michael Hecht/Edison…)

In a key Sunset League softball game where the winner would keep pace with league-leading Los Alamitos, it took 13 innings to decide Tuesday's game between Edison and Marina, and it was the visiting Chargers who survived to score a 4-3 victory over the Vikings.

Junior Nicole Zapotoczny's single in the top of the 13th scored junior Maddy Hickman for the winning run as Edison fought back from a 2-0 deficit through three innings. The teams were tied at 2-2 through seven and each scored a run in the eighth. Senior Jamie Sullivan's first of three hits on the day, a two-run home run in the bottom of the first, gave Marina a 2-0 lead.

Senior Ally Hecht started on the mound but sophomore Sammy Cordova (5-0) came on in the fourth inning to get the win, striking out 15 along the way. Marina freshman Tera Blanco (10-1) suffered her first loss. Each team had 10 hits.

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The win allowed Edison to improve to 4-1 in league and Marina slipped to 3-2, both losses coming against Edison. The Chargers (21-3 overall) trail Los Alamitos (5-0) in the standings. The Griffins on Tuesday edged Fountain Valley, 5-4, in another epic, 13-inning game.

Edison last week went to Nevada for the Las Vegas Centennial Spring Jamboree and won the three-day tournament that concluded Saturday. The Chargers went 6-1 at the event to win their third tournament title of the season. They previously won the Woodbridge and Laguna Hills tournaments. Junior Jessica Plaza hit six home runs in the tournament including a two-run shot that sailed over the scoreboard in a game against El Camino.

During the tournament, Edison scored 61 runs, had 12 home runs among 88 hits, had its pitchers strike out 67 batters and Plaza was named tournament MVP.

"The girls came together with a dynamite spirit that allowed their amazing softball talents to shine through," Edison Coach Kendra Rosales said. "As a whole, our team was explosive on offense, pitch-perfect on the mound and dominant on the field. It is truly a special experience to watch these 13 ladies compete.

"We are very excited for the second half of the Sunset League."

Both Edison and Marina continue Sunset play at 3:15 Thursday , the Chargers at Fountain Valley and the Vikings at Newport Harbor.

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Fountain Valley: The Barons (2-3) pushed Sunset League leader Los Alamitos (5-0) to the brink Tuesday but fell in 13 innings to the host Griffins who got the win on a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the 13th.

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