Blanco leads Vikings to wild-card win

Freshman pitcher ups her record to 16-6 with victory

she'll try to keep Marina's season alive Thursday at Redlands.

May 18, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,

Not even rainy conditions could deter the Marina and Fountain Valley softball and Fountain Valley and Ocean View baseball teams from getting postseason play underway Tuesday.

Three of the four teams won their CIF Southern Section wild-card games to advance in the playoffs.

Marina hosted Temecula Valley in a CIF Southern Section Division 1 softball game. The Vikings, who finished tied for second in the Sunset League but entered the playoffs as the league's No. 3 team after losing out on a coin flip May 12 to Edison, scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull away to a 6-1 win over the Golden Bears.

Freshman pitcher Tera Blanco gave up six hits and a walk and struck out five to run her season record to 16-6. Freshman Keala Cordeiro, who hadn't played too much during the regular season but has had "some great practices," Coach Shelly Luth said, stepped up to go two for three with a run batted in.


"We played real well and it was a good team effort from top to bottom," said Luth, who said she worked with a few fathers of her players during the day to get the field ready for play. "What was really exciting is that our six-seven-eight-and-nine hitters got it done. They really produced. We hit the ball hard."

In Marina's four-run sixth, junior Amanda Cordeiro singled and senior Nicolette Lujan put the ball in play with a bunt before Keala Cordeiro came up with an RBI single. Freshman Lily Dudrey, the No. 9 hitter, reached base by getting hit by a pitch. That brought the top of the order and junior Sandy Simmons produced and RBI single.

Luth also praised the play of Lujan and senior third baseman Chloe Kaneko.

"Nicolette (Lujan) made some really big plays at shortstop and Choloe had an RBI in the sixth and hit the ball hard. She also played solid defense. She killed it out there."

The win moves Marina (19-6-1) into a second-round matchup Thursday at Citrus Belt League champion Redlands. Luth said she knew "nothing" about the Terriers but that Blanco will "get the start."

In another Division 1 wild-card game Tuesday, Fountain Valley, an at-large entry from the Sunset League, had its season end in a 5-2 loss to Canyon of Anaheim (Century League No. 3).

Both Ocean View and Edison start their playoff runs Thursday and Friday.

Ocean View, runner-up in the Golden West League and 18-6 overall, hosts Hawthorne at 3:15 p.m. Thursday in a Division 4 first-round match-up. The Cougars are 18-7 and finished second in the Ocean League.

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