By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The Northview High softball tournament seems to bring out the best in Monrovia and junior pitcher Adrienne Guerra.
Guerra punctuated a strong week with a six-inning no-hitter to go with 15 strikeouts in a 6-0 win over Covina High for the tournament title on Thursday.
Guerra had six strikeouts over the first two innings and six strikeouts over the final two, walking just two batters.
It was her second straight shutout and she allowed just three runs during the four-game tournament.
“She continues to grow,” Wildcats coach David Guzman said. “She was our ace last year and did similar stuff. When you have a pitcher who does that for you it makes it easier for everyone else.”
It was Monrovia’s second straight Northview tournament title and it was needed after a struggling start. The Wildcats improved to 8-7 and are 1-3 in the Rio Hondo League, which resumes next week.
“I’m glad I did good and my team was able to help me out and produce runs for me,” Guerra said. “It (championship) builds our confidence. Hopefully we can use this and come back strong (in league).”
Covina, which dropped to 9-8, was no-hit in a tournament title game for the second time this season.
The Colts were no-hit by San Marino’s Michelle Floyd in a 1-0 loss in the Duarte tournament final in March.
“Both are quality pitchers,” Covina coach Mark LeVier said of Guerra and Floyd. “I’m sure everyone will see them at the next level someday.
“She (Guerra) really executed. She hit her locations and spots. Our girls kept battling and kept being aggressive, but just couldn’t make anything happen today.”
All in all, it was a satisfying week on the field for the Colts, who were down to 10 players after having four seniors leave the team for personal reasons.
But Monrovia was too good.
Guerra got it started by singling home Brooke Mann and later scoring on an error to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Tanya Galvan, who tripled and scored in the third to push the Wildcats’ lead to 3-0, hit a bases-loaded double to clear the bases in the fourth, doubling the Wildcats’ lead to 6-0.
“It was a big hit,” Guzman said. “She (Galvan) came in and did what she had to do. She drove in three runs and made it more comfortable for everybody.”
In the third-place game, host Northview defeated Arrowhead Christian 16-1 behind a homer, triple and four RBIs from Erin Jaramillo.
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