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Softball: OV starts out right

Seahawks open playoffs with 15-0 victory against visiting Beverly Hills.

May 15, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

Ocean View High and Huntington Beach got a jump start on Marina and Edison in the CIF Southern Section softball playoffs by playing division wild-card games Tuesday.

The Seahawks extended their season, but the Oilers saw theirs come to an end.

Fifth-ranked Ocean View advanced in the Division 4 tournament by rolling past visiting Beverly Hills, 15-0. The Seahawks, the third-place team from the Golden West League, received a two-hit, eight-strikeout performance from senior Brittany Hitchcock who garnered her 18th win of the season.

Ocean View (20-5) churned out 16 hits for its 15 runs against the Normans (11-12, Ocean League at-large). Junior Tobi Salzman led the way with four hits and four RBIs along with sophomores Billi Derleth and Anika Ortiz with three hits each.

"Our defense was outstanding and Brittany [Hitchcock)] was overpowering in the circle," Ocean View Coach Mike McLaughlan said. "Our girls know that during the playoffs it could be one and done so they came out charged up, ready to play."

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Ocean View advances to face Garden Grove League champ Rancho Alamitos in a first-round game at 3:15 p.m. Thursday at Rancho Alamitos.

Huntington was involved in a dramatic ending to a well-played Division game 1 game Tuesday at La Palma Kennedy. The host Fighting Irish used a walk-off home run by Courtney Thomas in the bottom of the eighth inning to emerge with a 5-4 victory.

The Oilers (15-14, Sunset League No. 3) jumped to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning keyed by a two-run single by senior Emily Stoner. Kennedy tied the score in the third and took the lead, 4-3, in the fifth. The Oilers fought back to tie the score at 4-4 behind a double by freshman Anna Kufta and squeeze bunt by senior Jillian Martinez.

Sophomore Maria Steadman had two hits and junior Micaela Vierra went the distance giving up eight hits with four strikeouts.

"Ever since the 14-inning marathon game versus Marina, our team really began to believe in the system and their play," Huntington Coach Jeff Forsberg said. "It clearly showed as we were one hit, or one out, away per game, in sweeping the second round of league.

"The team really jelled around the pitching of Micaela [Vierra] and the offense from Sammie [Vandiver]. We had that leadership from seniors to go along with the up-and-coming talent from all the underclassmen. And It really stated in [the] Arroyo Grande [tournament], and then worked the rest of the year."

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In Division 1 first-round games Thursday:

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