St. Lucy’s stuns undefeated Gahr, wins 10-4; Charter Oak holds on to beat Upland, 8-7; Los Altos, South El Monte also win

St. Lucy’s shocks unbeaten Gahr, 10-4: The Regents (18-6) upset the No. 1 seeded Gladiators (26-1), handing Gahr its first loss of the season in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 second-round game. Audrey Sellers hit a grand slam and Dakota Casper pitched a complete game for St. Lucy’s. The Regents will host Villa Park in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
“It feels good. It’s definitely a big momentum,” Casper said. “We’re just going to keep that momentum going on Thursday. Just stick to the same thing we did against Gahr and we’ll be successful.”
For the Regents, the game plan going into Tuesday’s matchup was to keep the Gladiators guessing.
“All week really we were told to stay on the corners, change it up and keep them off their toes basically,” Casper said. “And then my team, they’re my No. 1 supporters and they were just telling me the whole time to keep playing my game.”
Even when Gahr backed Casper into a corner, she did not falter under the pressure.
“They scored three runs one inning, it was bases loaded and no outs, but I had trust in my defense,” Casper said. “They’ve gotten me out of spots like that before.”
Although Gahr had not lost entering Tuesday, St. Lucy’s approached the Gladiators like they were just another opponent.
“We’re use to it,” Casper said. “With the league we play in, we have such intensity with Etiwanda, Upland and Chino Hills. So it just feels like another win in league honestly.”

Wilson 3, Santa Paula 1 — Elena Bahimtewa pitched a complete game, striking out four, improving her record to 8-3 and went 2 for 3 with a triple for the Wildcats (16-10-2) in the Division 6 second-round victory. Manelle Meono went 1 for 1, with a triple, a pair of walks, two runs scored and three stolen bases and Mia Ayala drove in the go-ahead run for Wilson. The Wildcats will face Harvard Westlake in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Salgado’s grand slam lifts Charter Oak to victory: There’s no sense playing with words, Charter Oak freshman Morgan Salgado is a beast at the plate, and she delivered like one in the third inning against Upland on Tuesday, belting a two-out grand slam to center that turned a two-run deficit into a two-run lead, and was the difference in the Chargers’ 8-7 victory over Upland in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 softball playoffs.
Charter Oak advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals where it will host Dana Hills, a 1-0 upset winner over third-seed Rio Mesa. The home run was Salgado’s fifth to go with her 24 RBIs.
“Being a freshman and being able to do that is really exciting,” Salgado said. “I was looking for an inside pitch and it was literally right down the middle and I swang and it went over. Incredible.”

Los Altos keeps on rolling: Dominant is the only way to describe the performance of Savannah Diederich on Tuesday afternoon.
The Los Altos junior pitched a two-hitter, struck out 13 batters and knocked in two runs with a double and a home run to lead the Conquerors to an 8-0 win over Crescenta Valley in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 second-round softball game.
The third-seeded Conquerors (24-6) will travel to Ayala for a quarterfinal game at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday. It is the Conquerors’ first appearance in the quarterfinals since 2009.

Tuesday’s second round results
Division 1

Pacifica 3, South Hills 0
Division 2
St. Lucy’s 10, Gahr 4
Charter Oak 8, Upland 7
Division 3
Los Altos 8, Crescenta Valley 0
Division 4
Montclair 12, Arroyo 1
Division 5
South El Monte 5, Barstow 2
Division 6
Wilson 3, Santa Paula 1
Culver City 7, Azusa 2
Division 7
Mountain View 10, Animo Leadership 0

Thursday’s quarterfinals
All games start at 3:15 p.m.
Division 2

Dana Hills at Charter Oak
Villa Park at St. Lucy’s
Division 3
Los Altos at Ayala
Division 5
Heritage Christian at South El Monte
Division 6
Harvard-Westlake at Wilson
Division 7
Mountain View at Century

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