The San Marino High School varsity softball team’s stellar postseason run came to an end last week as the Titans were edged by host Riverside Woodcrest Christian, 4-2, in a CIF Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinal last week.
The Titans jumped out to a two-run lead in the first inning but the Royals fought back with a run in the second and added three more in the third frame.
Four runs turned out to be enough for junior pitcher Paige Markley, who settled down following a rough start and held San Marino’s offense at bay through the rest of the contest. The ace allowed two runs on six hits, walked two and struck out four in a complete game.
SMHS ace Claire Streeter was also solid in the circle, surrendering four runs on nine hits and striking out 11 in six innings of work.
Senior Sierra DuNah made the most of her final game as a Titan with a double and two runs batted in. Charis Chung and Kinu Takasugi each scored and collected two hits. Justene Huang and Kate Brunner each contributed a single.
First-year head coach Stephanie Hernandez guided San Marino to an overall record of 17-8-2. The Titans qualified for the playoffs by placing third in the Rio Hondo League standings with a 7-5 record.
San Marino opened the postseason with a 22-0 victory over visiting Saddleback Valley Christian of San Juan Capistrano in a wild card game. The Titans followed that with another rout, defeating United Christian Academy of Rancho Cucamonga, 13-1, in a first-round contest.
Mansi Gokani, Peyton Diaz and DuNah played their final games as members of the SMHS varsity softball team.
San Marino 5
Baldwin Park Sierra Vista 0
San Marino ace Claire Streeter remained hot in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 6 playoffs, shutting out visiting Baldwin Park Sierra Vista, 5-0, on Tuesday, May 7.
The pitcher tossed a three-hitter and struck out seven in seven frames.
DuNah gave Streeter run support by belting a solo home run, and Kinu Takasugi was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Jessica Van Fossan singled and scored two runs, Erin Hill was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Bella Escobar doubled, drove in a run and scored, Macy Mooney singled and Justene Huang scored a run. Kate Brunner and Takasugi each stole a base.