DEL RIO LEAGUE
CAL 12, SANTA FE 0
SANTA FE SPRINGS >> That showdown for first place in the Del Rio League never materialized on Thursday.
California, one of the hotter softball teams in the area, dominated from the start.
Justice Sharp had two RBIs and threw six shutout innings, and the Condors took advantage of five errors by host Santa Fe to score a 12-0 victory.
Sierra Rodriquez had three hits and Jaclyn Macias and Nautica Rivera had two RBIs each for California, which improved to 12-11 and 5-0 in league play. Sharp gave up five hits and struck out two.
Santa Fe, which had won five of six, slipped to 11-10 and 4-2.
Cal, which is at La Serna Friday, holds a two-game lead in the loss column over Santa Fe and La Serna with two weeks left in the season.
Cal jumped out early, taking a 3-0 lead in the first. Sarah Duran led off with a single before taking third base on a double by Marina Tamayo. Sharp then doubled to center field with two outs for a 2-0 lead. Rivera then followed with a single to right field for the three-run lead.
The Condors pushed it to 5-0 in the third on a walk, an error and a two-base throwing error. They blew it open in the seventh with seven runs, highlighted by a two-run home run by Skiela Martinez.
Cal coach Monica Robles: “It’s a big win. We are halfway in (league play) and are 5-0. It was a good win. Santa Fe only had one loss in league, so with this win, it put us over the edge. Now we’re at 5-0, so we’re doing good.”
Cal’s Justice Sharp: “It was important to get the win, because we want to go 10-0.”
— Stephen Ramirez