Softball: La Salle all but wrapped up CRL championship

Click here for a photo gallery of Thursday’s Mary Star-La Salle game shot by Star-News staff photographer Sarah Reingewirtz

La Salle broke a tie in the sixth by scoring three runs en route to a 6-3 win over Mary Star of the Sea on Thursday afternoon in Camino Real League play at Latter-day Saints Church. The second-ranked Lancers (16-5, 5-0) all but wrapped up the Camino Real League title with the victory. The Stars (10-7, 3-2) will likely finish second. Mary Star took a 1-0 lead in the second when Emily Demers doubled to score April Javier. La Salle took a 3-1 lead in the third after Allie Forillo’s hit went through the legs of Stars third baseman Elizabeth Gomez. Forillo’s double scored Melissa Miller to tie the game at 1. Katie Tripoli’s RBI triple scored Forillo to give the Lancers a 2-1 lead. Maddie Herlache helped her own cause when on the first pitch had a base hit that also went through the legs of Gomez, scoring Tripoli for the 3-1 lead. Gomez didn’t make the same mistake a third time. Sterling Shuster’s grounder to third recorded the third out. Herlache pitched went the distance to record the win. Mary Star added another run in the fifth and sixth to tie the game, 3-3, but that’s as close as they would get. La Salle capitalized in the sixth with bases loaded. Miller’s single to right scored Shuster and Victoria Baltazar to give the Lancers a 5-3 lead. With runners on third and second, Kathryn Haderlein’s sacrifice bunt scored Meaghan Allen to make it, 6-3. There was a scary moment in the seventh with one out and one on for Mary Star. Kristen Legaspi-Valdez attempted to steal third. She was tagged out and hurt her neck. She lay on the ground motionless and was tense. There was a 25-minute delay as paramedics were called to the scene. She was taken to a nearby hospital for X-Rays. La Salle coach Michael Harper said she was going to be OK and was taken for precautionary reasons.

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