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Ocean View edged in 11 innings

Dos Pueblos scores 1-0 victory over Seahawks in CIF Division IV quarterfinal.

May 26, 2011

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Mike McLaughlan pretty much expected a pitchers' duel Thursday when his Ocean View Seahawks hosted Dos Pueblos in a quarterfinal-round game of the CIF Southern Section Division IV softball playoffs.

Both the Seahawks' Brittany Hitchcock and the Chargers' Hannah Harris did their part to fulfill McLaughlan's prediction, each working 11 innings in a game where both teams had their chances to win early. It was Dos Pueblos, however, that scored the game's lone run in the top of the 11th, to come away with a 1-0 victory.

"It was a game that had two great pitchers and both did an excellent job," McLaughlan said. "I can't say enough about Brittany. She was terrific all season and she'll be back. She's just a sophomore and she has two more great years here ahead of her. And their pitcher (Harris) was tough. She's probably the best we've seen all year."

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Harris not only got the pitching win - the right-hander's now 21-9, as is Dos Pueblos, but the junior also starred on offense. A left-handed hitter, Harris had three hits. Her final single was an infield bunt that managed to find a seam along the right-side of the pitcher's mound which the Seahawks couldn't field in time. It followed a one-out single to right field by Chloe Madill and gave the Chargers runners at the corners.

Senior catcher Jordan Roberts then came to the plate and took the first pitch offered by Hitchcock (18-6) for a fly ball into shallow center field. Erica Jason charged hard and appeared to come up with a big catch but the ball bounced off the center of her glove as she approached the infield dirt. The ball dropped to the ground and Madill scored from third on the play to put the Chargers on top, 1-0. On the next pitch, Agnetta Cleland hit a sharp liner back to the mound which Hitchcock nabbed and then threw to first to double off Harris.

Ocean View, which finished second in the Golden West League and had its season end at 20-7, put the tying run on base in the bottom of the 11th when catcher Sarah Craig drew a walk. Vanessa Cardoza then hit into a fielder's choice to the mound and Craig was forced out at second. Hitchcock also hit a grounder to the mound which Harris quickly grabbed and turned into a game-ending double play.

"That was a tough game," Harris, a junior, said. "We knew coming in that they had a great pitcher and we knew it'd be a pitching duel. Our approach was just to make plays on defense.

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