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Edison in semis of Woodbridge tourney

Softball Roundup

Pancino delivers no-hitter with seven strikeouts, goes two for three to lead Chargers past La Habra, 4-0, in quarterfinals.

April 02, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Edison High won its first three games at the Woodbridge Tournament, and Monday's 4-0 quarterfinal round shutout of La Habra has put the Chargers into the semifinals.

Sophomore pitcher Kiana Pancino threw a no-hitter with seven strikeouts and helped her cause offensively with a two-for-three hitting performance. Senior Liz Talataina smashed a three-run home run, and junior Ali Wester went two for three.

The Chargers started the tournament with pool-play action Saturday and edged Rosary, 1-0. Junior Reis Birkett went three for three, freshman Riley Wester two for three, and freshman Aislinn Martin two for three with a double. Pancino fanned 13 and allowed three hits.

Edison also defeated Pomona Catholic, 6-0, in a pool-play game that went six innings Saturday. Riley Wester tripled and scored and Talataina went two for three. Pancino followed up her 13-strikeout performance against Rosary with a 10-strikeout, one-hitter against the Pacers.

"The team set high goals for themselves for this tournament," Edison Coach Kim Ensey said. "They are coming together at just the right time to put themselves in a good position to win ball games."

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Marina went 2-1 in its first three games at the Woodbridge Tournament. The Vikings, ranked second in CIF Southern Section Division 1, rode a no-hitter by senior Tera Blanco and big offense to an 8-0 victory Saturday over Garden Grove. The Vikings also edged La Habra, 4-3, Saturday.

On Monday, Blanco (12-2) again threw a no-hitter, this time at La Mirada, but the Matadors used a walk and Marina error, to score the game's only run to take a 1-0 win.

In a nonleague game March 27, Marina parlayed a few costly Mater Dei errors into a five-run fourth inning, and went on to claim a 5-0 victory over the visiting Monarchs. Junior Sydney McCollum delivered a two-run single during the inning to drive in the game's final two runs. Blanco, senior Desiree Hagberg and junior Alyssa Sojka all doubled. Blanco went the distance for the win, allowing seven hits with seven strikeouts.

Marina and Edison square off in a key Sunset League opener at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at Edison.

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