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Softball Roundup: Marina takes charge

Vikings clinch a share of Sunset League title with shutout win over Newport Harbor.

May 08, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(KEVIN CHANG / HB…)

Marina clinched a tie for the 2013 Sunset League softball championship Tuesday when the Vikings rolled to a 12-0 victory at Newport Harbor.

Emili Olague went three for three with a home run and junior pitcher Tera Blanco earned the win to improve to 23-3.

"I am very pleased with the team's performance," Marina Coach Shelly Luth said. "They came out on fire and really took charge and played all six innings with intensity.

Marina, ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, can earn the Sunset title outright with a victory Thursday over Fountain Valley. The Vikings play host to the Barons at 3:15 p.m. on senior day in the league and regular season finale for both teams.

The CIF Southern Section softball playoff pairings will be announced Monday.

Marina took a huge step toward the Sunset crown on May 2 when the host Vikings rallied late to edge Edison, 2-1, in a battle for first place. The Vikings scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh when Samantha Agamaite drew a lead-off walk and scored on a single to right field by Blanco, who also went the distance for the pitching win.

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Edison had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single by Karley Wester. Marina drew even in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single up the middle by Sydney McCollum.

"We've been struggling a bit and have been in a bit of a slump offensively," Luth said. "We had been hitting the ball real well but in the past few weeks, our timing has been a bit off. We did just enough to win this one."

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Chargers rebound, blank Barons

Edison secured second place in the Sunset League and stayed a game behind league-leader Marina by blanking host Fountain Valley Tuesday, 2-0.

Senior Karley Wester had a hit, drew a pair of walks and stole three bases, sophomores Reis Birkett and Catrell Robertson had RBIs, and junior Liz Talataina had a double for the Chargers Senior Sammy Cordova registered nine strikeouts in improving to 9-5.

Edison is 7-2 in league and 19-10 overall, and closes out the regular season Thursday at home against Huntington Beach at 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday's game was the first outing for the Chargers since their 2-1 loss May 2 at Marina.

"Marina was a heartbreaking loss for the entire team but the girls knew their season wasn't over and set their sights on CIF," Edison Coach Kim Ensey said. "I am proud really of them."

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