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Whittier Christian 11, Buena Park 0 — Kailyn Hansen had a triple and Hannah Gabriel and Taylor Escobar each had a double to lead the Heralds (8-8) to advance to the Whittier Christian Tournament semifinals.
By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER >> Worst to first?
Whittier High School took another step toward achieving that goal on Friday.
Matt Sosa had three hits and a RBI and Nick Viramontes was solid on the mound as the Cardinals took over first in the Del Rio League baseball title chase with a 3-1 victory over host La Serna.
Viramontes allowed six hits and struck out five for Whittier, which improved to 12-5 overall and 4-1 in league play. The Cardinals, who tied for last last season, moved a game ahead of La Serna (13-7, 3-2) and California (15-3, 3-2), which lost 2-1 to Santa Fe.
Curtis Ashton had two hits and a RBI for La Serna.
Whittier coach Eric Ramirez was ejected in the sixth inning. By rule, he must sit out the Cardinals next game, which should be today when Whittier travels to Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary for a nonleague doubleheader.
The Cardinals have a home-and-home against California next week.
Whittier’s Matt Sosa: “It means a lot. We had a terrible season last year and we’re trying to turn it around this year. We’re trying to get as many wins as we can, trying to take league.”
La Serna coach Anthony Gonzales Jr.: “Those guys compete. They took advantage of our mistakes. We lost because we had opportunities, had the right guys up and didn’t come through. We had been playing well for nine games, had a lot of timely hits and today we didn’t.”
Whittier Christian 8, Paramount 0 — Hannah Gabriel had a triple and Morgan Ryan, Taylor Escobar and Erica Romo each had a double to lead the Heralds (7-8) to the Whittier Christian Tournament victory.
By Stephen Ramirez
WEST COVINA – La Serna High School followed a tournament win last week with an unexpected loss. The Lancers made sure they wouldn’t repeat the trend Thursday.
La Serna’s Reanne Martinez scores against South Hills in the first inning of a prep softball game at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, April 09, 2015. La Serna won 3-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
Jamie Wren tossed a four-hitter and Jelli Lopez hit a two-run home run to lead La Serna to a 3-1 victory over host South Hills in a battle of the two of the top softball teams in the CIF-Southern Section.
La Serna, ranked No. 1 in Division 3, improved to 12-3. They have followed a 3-0 loss to Sonora with three consecutive wins, including decisions over Division 1 No. 7 Mater Dei (6-0) on Monday and Division 2 No. 6 South Hills on Thursday.
Natalie Lugo gave up five hits and struck out 10 for South Hills, which slipped to 11-4. Quinn DeAvila had a RBI triple for the Huskies.
La Serna’s Jamie Wren:
“We all have our games. It was a difficult loss (to Sonora last week), but it motivated us. We knew what we did wrong and what we have to work on. We picked it up (Thursday).”
La Serna co-coach Mike Orona:
“We didn’t do what we wanted to offensively. (Lugo) is a quality pitcher and she pretty much dominated the game. We put enough together offensively to get the victory and Jamie did a great job pitching.”
South Hills coach Brandon Gonzalez:
We just didn’t hit. She’s a quality pitcher, but we didn’t hit. We’ve been in a couple of these type of games. We didn’t adjust.”