Softball: La Serna rally too much for Glendora, who fall 7-4; Charter Oak semifinals set

With La Serna knocking out Glendora (7-4), they will join Northview, Bonita and Charter Oak in Friday’s semifinals of the Charter Oak tournament at the Field of Dreams in West Covina. Northview advanced with a feel-good 3-2 win over South Hills — a mild surprise, and Bonita moved past San Dimas, 4-1. Charter Oak will meet La Serna and Bonita will face Northview in Friday’s semifinals at 3:30 p.m., with the winners advancing to Saturday’s championship.

By Fred J. Robledo
Glendora blows lead: Glendora high school pitcher Carly Argyle usually knows what to do late in games with a cushion, which made La Serna’s come-from-behind 7-4 victory in the final game of round robin play in the Charter Oak tournament on Wednesday at the Field of Dreams park in West Covina even more remarkable. (To continue click thread)


Lancers pitcher Jackie Valdez struggled early, but she dealt the game-winning blow, breaking a 4-4 tie with an inside-the-park three-run homer in the fifth that culminated a six-run inning after trailing 4-1.
After beating South El Monte in the opener, La Serna (5-1) advances to Friday’s semifinal against Charter Oak. In the other semifinal, Northview will square off against Bonita.
Northview edged South Hills 3-2 and Bonita beat San Dimas 4-1, improving both to 2-0 in the tournament. Both semifinal games Friday are at 3:30 p.m., and the championship on Saturday — all at the Field of Dreams facility.
Time virtually ran out on Glendora
After Valdez retired the side in the sixth inning, the game was called due to the time limit, leaving a huge smile on the face of Lancers coach Ginger Larsin.
“It was awesome, our second comeback of the season already,” Larsin said. “She (Argyle) pitched a great game. She threw a lot of off speed and fooled a lot of our batters. I think late in the game we kind of figured it out and put a solid inning together.
“But give (Valdez) a lot of credit, she helped herself with the big home run.”
Argyle was sailing along, allowing one hit through four innings, then gave up three consecutive one-out singles to load the bases in the bottom of the fifth.
After Argyle walked in a run, Red Pichardo’s single to left scored Danielle Garcielita and A.J. Carrasco to tie the score, 4-4. After a walk loaded the bases, Valdez belted a deep shot to right that she turned into three-run homer to completely change the momentum.
“It felt good,” Valdez said. “It’s always great when you win.”
Glendora’s Audrie Becerra was a triple short of a cycle, but it wasn’t enough to help the Tartans compete for a second straight title after winning the San Dimas tournament last week. Becerra was 3-for-3 and scored three times as the Tartans dropped to 7-2.
After Kendra Alfonso’s one-out walk, Becerra belted a shot to right that she ran out for an inside-the-park home run and 2-0 Tartans lead in the first inning.
Becerra followed her first-inning homer with a leadoff double in the fourth, and scored on Brandi Wilson’s liner to left for a 3-1 lead. It could have been much worse for the Lancers and pitcher Valdez, but Valdez got out of bases loaded, one-out jam with a strikeout and ground out to end the inning.
Becera and Wilson weren’t finished. After Becerra’s third hit, a two-out single in the fifth, Wilson doubled her home for a 4-1 lead.
“They battled,” Tartans coach Reese Mitchell said of La Serna. “We didn’t put the ball where we like and got hit (in the fifth). Give La Serna credit, it’s as simple as that.”

fred.robledo@sgvn.com
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  • info.

    Missed the south hills game somebody please explain the loss I thought south hills was the favorite?

  • back at you

    LaKarma

  • info.

    lakarma?

  • South Hills

    Two bombs were hit in the first inning off of South Hills that rolled for back to back inside-the-park homeruns. The one that went down the line would have been a double off the wall at South Hills while the second one would have been out anywhere. South Hills just couldn’t hit. They’ve got Covina on Friday.

  • viking fan

    Actually SH did hit the ball but our centerfieder mad some spectacular catches. BRod smashed one that would have cleared 270 easily. It was a good thing there wasn’ t a fence. It was smart coaching on our end. She is a beast. Anywhere else that ball would be gone. We hit the ball and played defense.

  • To “Info”

    SH was outcoached and pitching was lacking. Two SH hits that should have been homers in a fenced field were caught by northviews cf’r … outstanding catches! But that was northviews coach’s stratgy… playing his outfield deep by warning track. SH didnt have any other major hits but didnt play smallball when they shuld have. 3rd and 1st were on the grass!! whats the 1st rule when ur bats go flat or ur strugling against a pitcher? take the bat out of their hands and lay a bunt, lay a bunt!!! SH pitching also let them down, versus fine job by northviews pitcher.

  • pitcher needed

    SH is lacking pitching. They have no Ace pitcher that can carry them through any games. Their hitting can produce runs but then thier pitching give up runs. Can not score three runs and then give up four. Sydney L. is not a dominating pitcher, she has no command of her pitches and will often leave it up where any batter can hit it. Plus with the pitching distance she has no speed. That is scary, no speed plus no control, her parents better get her a face mask with these bats going around these days.

  • intheknowsnothing

    Fred,
    Looks to me your top ten could be playing musical chairs all year.The exception of course is amat not playing in the valley tournaments it creates a guessing game for you.If you seen some of these teams play you would know Mater dei and some of these otheer OC teams really are’nt as strong as you think. The stronger teams will come out of the north
    like valencia,Royal and Simi.