Softball Playoffs: San Dimas wins; La Serna ends Bishop Amat’s season again

CIF-Softball Playoffs
Today’s second round
Division 2
Moorpark 13, Los Altos 0
Division 3
La Serna 6, Bishop Amat 0
Division 5
San Dimas 11, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 2
Citrus Valley 8, Sierra Vista 0

La Serna ends Bishop Amat’s season again: There was no payback for the Bishop Amat Lancers softball team against third-seed La Serna in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 softball playoffs on Thursday.
La Serna Pitcher Jamie Wren and clutch hitting made sure of that with a 6-0 victory to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals against North Torrance, an 8-1 winner over Chaminade.
Bishop Amat was a big favorite to win the divisional crown a year ago, but La Serna knocked them out 3-2 in the second round.
La Serna also beat Amat 11-1 earlier in the year, and kept its foot on the gas.

“Last year they we were the ones who came to La Serna and we took it away from them,” La Serna co-head coach Mike Reed said. “We told the girls they’re going to want it back. We had to stay focused and stay on top of the game because they’re a hungry team and they’re a good team.”
Both teams were able to hit the ball and get runners in scoring position, but La Serna was able to cash in on its big opportunities.
After Bishop Amat stranded two runners in the first, La Serna made the pay.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning, La Serna’s Raeanne Martinez blooped a single to right that scored Molly Bource and Liz Brautigam.
Taylor Becerra followed with a double to drive in two more to jump to a 4-0 lead.
“We just didn’t have the balls go our way today,” Amat coach Kristen Dedmon said. “Sometimes that’s just the way it goes. Sometimes you find the holes and sometimes you don’t. They got the big hits when they needed them and we struggled when we had runners in position to score.”
Danielle Garcielita’s single in the fourth drove in two more runs and that was more than enough cushion for Wren, who battled out of small jams in the fifth, sixth and seventh. She allowed two runners aboard in each, then shut Amat down got get out of it.
“That’s her, she’s been our ace all year long,” Reed said of his pitcher. “She and (catcher) Dana (De La Torre) do a great job calling the right pitches and they did again today.
“They’re a good team out there and our defense played well, that’s a big part of it too.”
La Serna improved to 26-3 while Amat finishes 18-10.
“We’re really determined and excited for this year,” Wren said. “Hopefully we can keep it going.”

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  • TheCloser

    Amat simply underachieved this year. They had Amanda Sanchez (Missouri), Alyssa Barrera (Utah), Julia Valenzuela (CS Fullerton), Eryn Sustayta (Utah Valley), Franny Garcia (Whittier), Anissa Sanchez (Mt. SAC), Samaria Diaz (will be a D1 pitcher), and Mandy Larios (offered not committed). Tons of talent but coaching that couldn’t bring it together or make the right game decisions. Amat Administration, let Coach Dedmon keep her teaching job but go find someone else to lead these girls. Another season like this will be painful. If not, it will be another misguided season at Amat next year and we may lose kids who will transfer.

  • Love of the game

    There is a reason why softball is getting weaker! With Administrations lack of support toward the good coaches, schools are left with hiring coaches that don’t know how to build a winning program, look at last year, there were so many good coaches who quit or got let go simply because Parents rule the day with these administrations and their bosses. But yet! Boys sports program continue to thrive and receive the needed support? Title 9 anyone?
    Good luck to the softball programs that are still in the hunt, do our sport proud!
    Charter Oak
    West Covina
    Diamond Bar
    South Hills
    Glendora- # 1 Area rank team, never even got in the race.
    All of the these teams, with the exception of DB were ranked in the area and all of them are early outs? Furthermore all of these teams have the talent. Coaches are afraid to coach and with weak AD’s that don’t care about standing up or backing these coaches, we will continue to see this sport get weaker and weaker. High Schools Softball should not be a notch up from city rec leagues! Sports is about learning to compete, be the best that you can while beating someone out and helping your team to be the best! Championships are won by the players and their coaches! Not the Parents!

    • TheCloser

      On a related topic someone should’ve let Coach Méndez keep his job at Amat, no complaints from parents last year.

  • sports authority

    Capistrano Valley had their first winning season and first CIF win…….hmmm