Softball game thread: Los Altos wins 4-3 in 10 innings, rallying from two runs down in the 7th

Los Altos High School, with its season on the brink, showed Thursday, it’s rich in heart as it is in talent.
Sophomore Courtney Gano hit a key double to spark a two-run rally in the seventh and freshman Lexi Garcia singled home Erica Cota in the 10th and the Conquerors rallied to score a 4-3 victory over visiting Sonora in a CIF-Southern Section Division III first-round game.
Los Altos, getting two RBIs from Garcia and a solid effort in the circle from senior Diana-lynn Patterson, improved to 21-6 and will face Oak Park, 2-0 winners over Burbank Burroughs Thursday, in the second round on Tuesday.
The Conquerors, getting sacrifice flies from Garcia and Patterson, scored two runs in the seventh to tie it at 3 before Garcia singled with two outs and the based loaded in the 10th to win it, 4-3.
Los Altos coach Lydell McCullough: “I was a little worried there. But we’ve been doing this all season. This is a veteran group and they never give up, and they believe they can get back in any game, any time.”
Courtney Gano: “We just never gave up. I know (early in the game) we were a little nervous because we didn’t know how (Sonora) was, but we came through. We never gave up. We showed heart.”
Lexi Garcia: “I knew I had to come through. I had a feeling I was going to get (the hit).”

With senior Diana-Lynn Patterson in the circle, can Los Altos finally make a deep playoff run? The Conquerors are off to a good start with a 4-3 victory over Sonora on Thursday.

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CIF-Southern Section playoff schedule
Thursday’s first-round results
Division III
Los Altos 4, Sonora 3, 10 innings
Chino Hills 4, Bonita 1
Glendora 3, Dana Hills 1
Knight 5, Charter Oak 3
Division IV
Bishop Amat 7, Morro Bay 1
Division V
South Hills 14, Keppel 4
San Dimas 16, Schurr 2
Azusa 2, Victor Valley 0
Northview 10, Savanna 1
Rowland 6, Sierra Vista 1
West Covina 6, Cerritos Valley Christian 1
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 6, Covina 5
Division VI
Arroyo 6, Baptist Christian 0
South El Monte 24, Sacred Heart of Jesus 0

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