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HB off to hot start

Oilers earn 11th win of the season after taking down Capistrano Valley, 2-1.

March 26, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

Huntington Beach High girls' softball continued its strong start to the season Tuesday by picking up another victory.

The Oilers took a 2-0 lead on visiting Capistrano Valley, then went on beat the Cougars, 2-1, for their 11th win of the season.

Sophomore Kristina Inouye hit her third home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning to give Huntington (11-4), the fourth-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 1, a 2-0 lead. Senior pitcher Micaela Vierra held Capo Valley to seven hits and struck out seven in notching her eighth win.

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Senior Sammie Vandiver, freshman Ivy Davis and sophomore Jasmine Melgoza also had hits for the Oilers.

"After scoring nine runs last game, our offense was quiet most of the night but we made the most of an early lead from Kristina [Inouye]," Huntington Coach Jeff Forsberg said. "Micaela Vierra and catcher Callie Saccacio really controlled Capo's offense from about the third inning on for the win.

"Capo's pitcher [Amanda Gjertsen] threw a great game against us but we stayed calm all night and delivered."

In Huntington's previous outing, the Oilers scored nine runs in Saturday's title game of the Northwood Tournament but were upended, 12-9, by Dana Hills. Inouye doubled among two hits and drove in a run, Vandiver had two hits, stole four bases and scored twice, Ivy doubled and scored, freshman Chance Burden went two for three with a double, RBI and run scored, sophomore Alyssa Horeczko had a two-run hit and walked, and freshman Taylor Livingstone went two for three with an RBI and run scored.

Inouye, Davis, sophomore Anna Kufta each had RBI hits, junior Maria Steadman doubled, and Vierra got the win in a 5-3 tournament victory over Beaumont.

Inouye and Davis were named all-tournament.

"It was nice to get the tournaments over as we have been on a hectic schedule for four weeks," Forsberg said. "We had played very well in all three tournaments. But, we came out flat in the first inning of the Dana game but then kicked it up and were right there in the end. Our offense gave us a chance to win but we ran out of time. I am proud on how we came back and that we did not panic and got back to what we do best."

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