In St Lucy’s Softball News: The Regents started the week by knocking off the visiting Fillmore Flashes 11-9 in a first round wildcard game in Division 3 on Tuesday. The Regents (15-12) came into the game as the third-place team in the Sierra league, while Fillmore (12-9) came in fourth place in the Tri-Valley League. St. Lucy’s looked shaky defensively, committing four errors. After taking an early 3-0 lead, St. Lucy’s allowed Fillmore to get back in the game and allowed nine unearned runs to cross the plate.
Pitcher Danielle O’Toole was once again solid on the mound for the Regents, striking out 10 and despite their defensive woes, she got support from Brandi Harkness who went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and junior Laura Swan who contributed offensively with two hits including an RBI double in the 6th inning. O’Toole helped her own cause with a two-out double which drove in two runs in the fifth inning.
“We played a good game, it was intense,” O’Toole said following their win on Tuesday, “We haven’t been here in a while and I’m excited, it’s my first playoff game in the second round. I did good, the team did good, everyone hit offensively, we did very well. Defensively we were a little shaky but we pulled it together.”
“Obvioulsy we’re thrilled, to win and advance, to have another game, to have a chance to stay in this playoff, fantastic but we gotta tighten the screws defensively,” said Regents coach Ryan Nuveman.
“We committed a decent amount of errors, but they also hit the heck out of the ball, that was a darn good hitting team and the stats showed it, they were hitting .320 as a team coming in so we weren’t expecting to shut them out, and they hit some drives that nobody was going to make a play on.”
The Regents played better defensively on Thursday when they traveled to Burbank for a first round game at Pacific League champion Burbank Burroughs (19-8.) St. Lucy’s only needed one run, as O’Toole silenced the Indian’s bats with a one-hit shutout while striking out five. St. Lucy’s broke through in the fourth inning after loading the bases when senior Cassandra Valizan’s single scored Amber Vernetti for the eventual winning run.
Next the Regents host Highland tomorrow afternoon in another Division 3 playoff game. First pitch is scheduled for 3:15 p.m.
In Glendora High School Baseball news: courtesy of the visiting Damien Spartans, who came into Glendora and handed their former Sierra League rivals a 6-4 loss.
The Tartans finished the regular season with a 17-6-1 overall record and 12-3 Baseline League mark, good enough to win it, but fielding errors cost them a win in a tight game against Damien.
Coach Dan Henley said it was tough to go out having committed a few uncharacteristic errors, but he was still proud of his team.
“These kids have been through a lot so you just have to pick them up afterwards because they really wanted to play for another day. That’s the way playoffs are obviously, you win or you go home,” said Henley, “It’s not the way we wanted to play, but we played a very competitive game, it was a real tough match between the two teams, we came up on the other end of it and it’s always one of those tough ones that you deal with, especially with high character kids.”
In Glendora Softball News: After a small late season rally which saw the Tartans win back-to-back games against Alta Loma and Upland, Glendora was unable to stave off elimination in their CIF Southern Section Division 1 Wild Card game against Placentia Valencia (20-8), a third-place finisher from the Empire League, losing 10-1 to the host Tigers. The Tartans closed out the season by finishing 14-12 overall, 7-8 in league.
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