The San Marino High School varsity softball team carried over its winning ways from the regular season into the postseason, most recently defeating host United Christian Academy of Rancho Cucamonga, 13-1, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs last week.
The Titans scored early and broke out in the bottom of the third with nine runs to build an 11-0 lead. The umpire called the game after five innings because of the mercy rule.
Macy Mooney led San Marino’s offense with four runs batted in, and Erin Hill was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and one run. Kinu Takasugi was 2-for-3 with three runs, Charis Chung was 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run, Justene Huang singled twice, scored three runs and drove in a run, Sierra DuNah doubled, scored and had two RBIs, Kate Brunner drove in a run and scored, Jessica Van Fossan singled and scored, and Alyssa Beck and Peyton Diaz each scored a run. Bella Escobar, Mooney and Van Fossan each stole a base.
Claire Streeter started on the mound and allowed two hits and struck out five in three innings of work. Huang tossed the final two innings in relief and allowed one run on four hits and struck out two.
The Titans (16-7-2 overall record) hosted Sierra Vista of Baldwin Park in a second-round game on Tuesday, May 7. Should San Marino come away with a win, the squad would take on Lancaster or Riverside Woodcrest Christian in a quarterfinal contest on Thursday, May 9, at 3:15 p.m.
San Marino 22
Saddleback Valley Christian 0
The Titans scored early and often, jumping out to a commanding 8-0 lead in the opening frame and came away with a 22-0 victory over visiting Saddleback Valley Christian of San Juan Capistrano last Tuesday.
Justene Huang was 4-for-5 with a double, four runs and two RBIs and Kira Glasse was 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBIs. Sierra DuNah was 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and one RBI, and Bella Escobar singled, drove in three runs and scored twice, Charis Chung doubled, scored twice and drove in a run, Kinu Takasugi singled twice, scored two runs and drove in a run, Alyssa Beck also scored twice and had one RBI, Jessica Van Fossan scored two runs, Kate Brunner finished with an RBI and two runs, Katie Bell doubled and scored, and Erin Hill, Macy Mooney and Mansi Gokani each drove in one run.
Claire Streeter picked up the win, tossing two perfect innings and striking out six. Kinu Takasugi pitched two innings and struck out one, and Huang tossed an inning of relief and struck out two.