High School Roundup: Huntington Beach softball gains momentum in first round
Mikayla Carman and Devyn Greer scored for Huntington Beach in their 3-1 home win over Temecula Great Oak to start the CIF South Section softball playoffs on Thursday night.
Greer went the distance in the pitching circle, allowing just three hits and racking up 13 strikeouts.
Sophia Knight added two hits and Zoe Nakutis scored for the second-seeded Oilers.
Huntington Beach (21-4) will be Mater Dei (11-7) in the second round on Saturday.
N ° 3 Pacifica 3, Marina 2 (11 rounds): Makayla Mathis had three hits and produced one run, but the Vikings fell short of their surprise offer on the road Thursday in a Division 1 first round game.
Zoe King also had a hit and an RBI for Marina. Analiah Lummus scored a brace and a run, and Briana Gonzalez hit a hit and scored a run.
Mathis pitched a full game, allowing three earned runs on four hits and six walks in 10 1/3 innings pitched.
Pacifica (19-3) plays Vista Murrieta (16-5) in their second round game.
Newport Harbor 10, Santiago 0 (six rounds): Lindsey Blanchfield had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Sailors to a first-round victory at home in the Division 4 playoffs.
Kori Villeneuve also had a home run and produced two runs for Newport Harbor. Alexis Amaro added a triple with three RBIs, and Dru Stinson also had a double.
Ava Nolan struck out four strikes in six scoreless innings for the Sailors.
Newport Harbor (16-8) will travel to Segerstrom (20-2) for their next game on Saturday.
Rialto Carter 4, Fountain Valley 3: CJ Garcia had three hits and produced two runs, but the visiting Barons fell to the San Andreas League champions Lions on Thursday in the first round of the Division 5 playoffs.
Taylor Reynolds added two hits and one run for Fountain Valley. Kira Velasco and Marissa Sardinas each scored one point. Samara Ortega and Brooke Bonny each had a hit.
Fountain Valley (12-13) was the second-place team in the Wave League this season.
Carter (10-0) remains at home to face Victorville University Prep (15-4) in the second round.
Ocean view 15, Savane 1: Nivea Armenta hit a pair of doubles to lead a big offensive performance from host the Seahawks on Thursday in a Division 5 first round game.
Ari Hencke, Ashley Capelouto, Desyree Arizmendi and Sienna Erskine each scored a brace for Ocean View.
Arizmendi pitched a full game with nine strikeouts in the contest.
Ocean View (13-10) will hit the road to face Ontario Christian (12-9) in the second round on Saturday.
Rancho Alamitos 14, Costa Mesa 4 (five rounds): The Mustangs lost their first Division 6 playoff game on the road to the Vaqueros on Thursday.
Costa Mesa (10-6) was the second-place team in the Orange Coast League this season.
Rancho Alamitos (14-9) remains at home for a second round match with the Alhambra (10-1).
Huntington Beach 1, Santa Margarita 0 (eight innings): Ralph Velasquez walked with goals loaded, scoring Brian Trujillo, as the Oilers emerged victorious in the ICF South Section Division 1 first round playoff at home on Thursday.
Caden Aoki threw eight white innings for the victory of Huntington Beach (24-4). Aoki allowed five hits and failed to step on a batter, striking out five in his playoff debut for the Oilers.
Velasquez and Mark Muranaka had the only two hits for Huntington Beach, who topped an outstanding pitcher’s performance from Santa Margarita’s Jack Svinth.
Huntington Beach, who has won 14 straight games, plays Corona in the second round on Tuesday.
Valley of the fountain 6, Chino Don Lugo 5: Ryan Sullivan hit the green light early in the seventh inning, scoring Tim Grack, for the Barons in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs on Thursday on the road.
Keith Aguilar was three for four with two RBIs for Fountain Valley (15-13). Blake Wentz and Adam Baggetta had two hits each.
Wentz took the win after pitching 3 shutout innings for the Barons, who host Chino Hills in the second round on Tuesday.
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