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Softball Roundup: Blanco, Vikings on fire

Pitcher leads Marina to 2-0 win over Rosary and improves to 10-1, the same mark as the team's.

March 27, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

The start to the week didn't go as planned for the Marina softball team, but a change in venues didn't cost the Vikings on the playing field Tuesday.

When the Vikings arrived for practice Monday to begin preparing for upcoming games against Rosary and El Toro, what awaited them was a buzzing beehive, which had amassed in the upper-right corner of the Marina dugout. Not good, said Coach Shelly Luth.

"Tera [Blanco carries an EpiPen. There's no way we were going to practice anywhere near it," Luth said. "It was the size of a soccer ball. So, we left the field and went and practiced indoors."

With the bee situation solved, Marina was able to play host to Rosary, as planned, Tuesday. Blanco, Marina's ace pitcher, took her place in the circle and was in fine form. She also starred at the plate, and the Vikings were able to come away with a 2-0 victory against the Royals.

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The junior tossed a two-hitter and struck out six with one walk in running her record to 10-1, the same mark the Vikings sport. She was able to take a pitchers duel from Rosary junior Annika Seedborg (7-3), who allowed four hits.

Marina, ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, scored both of its runs in the third inning behind RBIs from Blanco and senior Bella Secaira. Blanco had two hits on the day.

Rosary slipped to 10-4 overall. Two weeks ago, Marina had defeated the Royals, 8-0, at the Foothill Tournament.

"We did just enough to get a win today," Luth said of Tuesday's win. "This was a lot different then the first time we faced them. We weren't as sharp. It's all about mental maturity and today, we made some young mistakes.

"Tera [Blanco] is amazing. She's a threat on the mound and so poised at the plate. Yes, she's very gifted, it doesn't come easy. She puts in the work every week, beyond practice, to be the best she can be."

Marina, which hasn't lost since falling to Capistrano Valley on March 12, travels Thursday for a 3:30 p.m. nonleague game at El Toro.

"We're playing really well right now, and I really think it's because we've really bonded as a team," Blanco said, her throwing arm wrapped in ice after she posted her 10th win. "This group is really close and we enjoy hanging out together, and I think it shows when we play."

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