By Steve Ramirez
GLENDORA – The stakes were pretty high for the Glendora and Los Osos high school softball teams Thursday.
Win, and the path toward the CIF-Southern Section divisional playoffs was pretty clear. Lose, and you could all but kiss those postseason hopes goodbye.
Advantage Los Osos.
Krista Mann had two RBIs and Hannah Peterson was solid in the circle and Los Osos all but ended Glendora’s hopes for a playoff bid with a 4-0 victory in a Baseline League game.
Los Osos, which began the day tied for second with Upland and one game ahead of Glendora, improved to 12-9 overall and 7-4 in league play. Glendora, which fell two games behind the Grizzlies, slipped to 12-9 and 5-6. Los Osos also has the tie breaker over the Tartans after beating Glendora for the second time this season.
“Our first goal, the only goal we preach around here is making theplayoffs,” Los Osos coach Mike Randall said. “It’s get to the playoffs, and anything can happen there. We’re two ahead of Glendora, and have the tiebreaker over them. But we still have to win
(two of the final four games). We’ll see what happens (in the next two weeks).”
The Grizzlies needed just one inning to gain their advantage, scoring all four runs in the first inning on six hits.
Los Osos loaded the bases with two outs before Peterson made it 1-0 with a RBI single. Mann, who went 2 for 3, then followed with a two-run single for a 3-0 lead. Peterson then scored to push it to 4-0 on an infield single by Kayla Gray.
Glendora starter Carly Argyle gave up just two hits the rest of the way and finished with two strkeouts.
“It took the wind out of our sails,” Glendora coach Reese Mitchell said of the first inning. “We got behind early,and just didn’t muster anything offensively.
“I commented to Carly that she was nails. After the first inning,she only gave up (two hits) the rest of the way, and only one ball was hit hard. But unfortunately you can’t get that first inning back.”
Peterson took it from there, finishing with a three-hitter and striking out eight. Glendora had just one goot chance to score, putting runners on first and second with one out in the first before Brandi Wilson lined into a double play.
“Hannah just pitched a great game,” Randall said. “She allowed just four runners on base, which was key.
“Our bats fell asleep after the first inning, but we’ll take it.”
Glendora also got a runner to second with two outs in the fifth. But Peterson struck out Laura Ampudia to end the threat. She then finished off the Tartans in the seventh, getting Argyle on pop up.
“This loss is huge,” Mitchell said. “We went into the game today a game back of two teams (Los Osos and Upland). We had a chance to get a tiebreaker here and get back up there.
“Now we’re really scrambling, and we need help, and I don’t know if we are going to get it.”