Locals have mixed results


Edison and Fountain Valley earn impressive victories, but Marina suffers a tough 5-4 loss to Los Alamitos in Sunset League play.

April 04, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Marina's Tera Blanco pitches against Los Alamitos during a Sunset League softball game at Marina High School on Tuesday.
Marina's Tera Blanco pitches against Los Alamitos… (Scott Smeltzer,…)

The 2012 Sunset League softball race got underway Tuesday and Edison, Fountain Valley and Los Alamitos scored opening-day victories.

Edison, ranked No. 9 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll, pummeled visiting Newport Harbor, 18-0, in a game called after five innings by the mercy rule. Sammy Cordova (6-0) tossed a two-hitter and the Chargers ran up 11 hits. Jessica Plaza homered with two runs batted in, Courtney Leyba went two for two with a double and three RBIs, Mercedes O'Connor went two for three with a triple and two RBIs, Nicole Zapotoczny had two RBIs and Casey Africano, Carissa Sherman, Sarah Baca and Lizabelle Talataina each drove in a run.

Fountain Valley was a 5-0 winner at Huntington Beach. Khailey Campos powered the Barons offense with a three-for-three performance that included a home run, double, walk and four RBIs. Victoria Brito went two for three and Brenda Bott, Emily Brucelas, Tara Robinson and Kelli Tatum all had a hit.


Rivera went the distance to improve to 9-3. The senior allowed just one hit and that came in the opening inning when Huntington leadoff hitter Jill Martinez doubled. Rivera walked a batter in the second inning but didn't allow the Oilers a base runner the rest of the way. She finished with eight strikeouts.

In previous action, Fountain Valley (11-4) split a nonleague doubleheader Saturday with visiting Orange Lutheran. The Lancers, ranked third in Division 1, won the first game, 11-1, but the Barons bounced back to post a 6-2 win in the second game.

Fountain Valley committed six errors that led to eight unearned runs in the first game. Brucelas went two for three with a run scored, Robinson went two for three and Victoria Ellard doubled for the Barons.

In the second game, Fountain Valley overcame a tough opening inning to get the win. Rivera, who got the win, gave up a leadoff home run but finished strong with 10 strikeouts. Brucelas had another strong game offensively with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored and Robinson had three hits, an RBI and two runs.

Marina dropped a high-scoring, 5-4 home contest to Los Alamitos. The host Vikings fell behind Los Alamitos, 4-1, but rallied in the fifth inning to score three runs and tie the score. The Griffins scored twice in the top of the seventh to get the win.

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