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Chargers show no mercy

Edison handily defeats Huntington Beach, 10-0, in shortened game to remain in Sunset League title hunt.

April 18, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Edison's Casey Africano is safe at second on a stolen base as Huntington Beach's Nataly Salazar can't handle the throw during a Sunset League game at Edison High School on Tuesday.
Edison's Casey Africano is safe at second on a stolen… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Edison and Los Alamitos stayed at the head of the class in the Sunset League softball race Tuesday by picking up impressive victories.

The fifth-ranked Chargers came up with 11 hits and posted a 10-0 victory over visiting Huntington Beach in a game called after five innings. In other Sunset action, 13 innings were needed to decide the Fountain Valley-Marina game, and it was the host Vikings who emerged with a 5-4 victory. Los Alamitos blanked Newport Harbor, 6-0, to stay with Edison atop the league standings.

Tuesday's win put Edison at 3-0 in league and 17-2 overall. Also improving to 17-2 was junior pitcher Sammy Cordova, who got the shutout and continued her dominant streak in the circle with a two-hit, six-strikeout performance.

Casey Africano went two for three with a home run, Karley Wester two for three with a double and Ali Wester was two for two with a triple and scored twice.

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"I am very happy with the overall team performance," Edison assistant coach Kendra Wood said. "As a team, we were aggressive from start to finish. Offensively, we attacked the ball and forced errors. Defensively, we were tight all game long behind Sammy."

Edison was coming off winning the Woodbridge Tournament title. The Chargers went 5-0 at the event played during spring break and won the championship Saturday when Wester delivered a walk-off, three-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 4-3 victory over Mission Viejo at Bill Barber Park in Irvine.

Sydnee Cable and Sydney McCollum both came up big for ninth-ranked Marina on Tuesday in its 5-4 win over Fountain Valley. Cable took over pitching duties from starter Tera Blanco (muscle spasm) and got the win to improve to 2-0. McCollum, a freshman, provided the game's dramatic finish when she hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 13th.

For Fountain Valley, Khailey Campos went three for six with a run batted in, Madi Perez went three for five with a double and RBI, Emily Brucelas doubled, singled and drove in a run and both Brenda Bott and Tara Robinson had two hits. The Barons stranded 13 runners.

Cerissa Rivera, who also had a hit, threw all 13 innings for the Barons, who are 1-2 in league and 15-7 overall.

Marina moved to 2-1 in league and 12-5 overall.

"I'm very proud of the way our kids stepped up," Marina Coach Shelly Luth said. "Our team has been going through some adversities and our younger kids are stepping up. We are young and emerging."

Marina and Fountain Valley also had strong runs at the Woodbridge Tournament, with the Vikings reaching the semifinals (a 2-0 loss to Mission Viejo) and the Barons finishing fifth.

Thursday's Sunset League schedule has Edison home to Marina, Huntington Beach at Newport Harbor and Fountain Valley entertaining Los Alamitos, all at 3:15 p.m. In Golden West League action Friday, Ocean View hosts Santa Ana at 3:30 p.m.

michael.sciacca@latimes.com

Twitter: @MikeSciacca

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