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High School Softball: Vikings, Oilers roll to victory

Marina improves to 9-1 after 3-0 win over Woodbridge. Huntington Beach sweeps doubleheader against Cerritos.

March 20, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
  • Huntington Beach High's Sammie Vandiver pops a base hit into left field against Cerritos on Monday.
Huntington Beach High's Sammie Vandiver pops a… (Don Leach | HB Independent )

Shelly Luth says her Marina High softball team is beginning to tap into its potential.

The Vikings continued on that journey and on their winning ways in nonleague play Tuesday by scoring a 3-0 shutout of visiting Woodbridge. Junior pitcher Tera Blanco threw a two-hitter with nine strikeouts to improve to 9-1, the same record the Vikings sport.

"The girls are really starting to believe how dynamic we can be," Luth said. "We have all the weapons, if we focus."

Marina entered the week fresh off winning the Foothill Tournament championship. The Vikings earned the title by blanking host Foothill Saturday, 8-0, in a five-inning final. Sydney McCollum hit home runs in consecutive plate appearances to lead the offense.

Blanco was named MVP of the tournament. She allowed only four runs during the tournament run in which Marina outscored its four opponents, 26-4.

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Blanco also had been named all-tourney the week prior at the Laguna Hills Tournament.

"We are playing very well offensively and defensively at this time," Luth said. "I'm proud the girls are stepping up and playing with intensity."

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Huntington Beach: The Oilers took on Cerritos in a nonleague doubleheader Monday and posted a 15-3, 7-3 sweep of the visiting Dons.

Huntington (6-5) scored 11 runs late in Game 1 to pull away to a big win. Senior Emily Stoner homered among three hits, freshman Kristina Inouye doubled three times and junior Sammie Vandiver doubled twice and tripled, to lead a 20-hit attack. Junior Micaela Vierra struck out eight to run her record to 5-1.

Huntington rallied in the seventh inning of the nightcap, scoring six runs in its final at-bat to pull out a 7-3 win. Freshman Alyssa Horeczko (1-3) scattered four hits and struck out six to nab her first win. Anna Kufta hit her fifth home run, a three-run shot, and Vandiver, Inouye and junior Jacqui Pascual each had multiple hits.

Vandiver and Inouye both had six hits in the doubleheader.

"We had been struggling offensively over the last week, but our leadoff hitter, Sammie Vandiver, and our No. 2 hitter, Kristina Inouye, really sparked us and were on base a lot for our run-producers to break out," Huntington Coach Jeff Forsberg said. "When we have a plan in the box, we can score in bunches."

The Oilers will take on Irvine at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Northwood/Timberwolf Classic at Bill Barber Park in Irvine.

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