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Nothing goes Rebels’ way

Softball: Missing two of its best players, Flintridge Prep can’t keep up with first-place Mayfield in a 13-1 Prep League defeat at home.

May 05, 2010|By Grant Gordon

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Perhaps it was a perfect storm of misfortune for the Flintridge Prep softball team on Tuesday afternoon at Prep.

Already faced with a first-place Mayfield squad undefeated in Prep League play, the Rebels were forced to play without starting first baseman and All-Area selection Emma Vine, who was doing school testing, and starting pitcher Denise van der Goot, who was dealing with a death in the family.

It all added up to a lopsided 13-1 loss to the Cubs, in which Mayfield set an ominous tone with a two-run first inning and then put the game out of reach with a seven-run fourth.

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“It was definitely tough,” Rebels Coach Julia Jaime said after her team dropped to 8-8 overall and 5-3 in league. “It’s very easy when you don’t have certain players to give up, but [the Rebels] came out and they went hard.”

After a strong start to the league season, the Rebels have experienced the worst of the worst in their last two games.

Against Rio Hondo Prep last week, a team the Rebels had previously defeated, 4-0, Flintridge Prep lost in 11 innings to Rio Hondo, 4-3, despite van der Goot striking out 23. And, in the opposite of a nailbiter, Mayfield won by 12 runs after edging Prep, 3-1, the first time the teams met.

Mayfield (15-3, 8-0) scored a pair of two-out runs in the opening stanza and then capitalized on three straight walks to begin the second, scoring five runs before recording an out and seven in the inning.

“The tone was set early, unfortunately,” Jaime said.

Prep scored its only run in the bottom of the second, as Abbey Deckop, who went two for three, singled, stole second and then stole home amid a double-steal attempt after Marisa Wang singled. A Kelly Wang single in the seventh was the fourth and final hit of the day for Prep.

Prep has Chadwick next up on Friday before taking on second-place Pasadena Poly twice next week.

“It’s gonna come down to the wire,” Jaime said. “Next week is huge for us.”


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