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Rebels come up a rally short

Softball: Prep bats come alive late, but Rim of the World delivers knockout blow.

May 25, 2011|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

LAKE ARROWHEAD — With a blast into the thin mountain air, Flintridge Prep's Denise van der Goot gave the Rebels and their faithful reason to believe a comeback was possible.

And when Ashley Kim let fly on another blast that traveled deep into right field, the Rebels and their fans once again were lifted from their seats.

Only this time, Kim's blast came up short, as did the Rebels in a 3-1 loss to host Rim of the World on Tuesday afternoon in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs.

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"I think it reignited hope," said van der Goot of her home run to center field on the first pitch of the top of the seventh inning. "We did get a rally going after that. We came pretty close to tying it. Ashley had another good hit, but unfortunately they caught it.

"It's nice to end the season that way … fighting back to the end."

Charlotte Kay followed van der Goot with a sharp single to center field and, with one out, Maya Okamoto drew a walk. Then, with two outs, Kim came up to the plate and, on a 1-2 offering, sent a high line drive to right field that brought the crowd to its feet before the right fielder, who had misjudged the ball a bit, snared the victory.

"It's definitely a tough one," said Rebels Coach Julie Jaime, whose team ended its season at 14-5. "[The seventh inning] shows exactly the fight that we have. They don't quit."

While the Rebels in many ways came up one rally short against the Scots (23-5), who took second in the Mountain Valley League, the offensive damage done to Prep came either from itself or one of two Scots — Arizona State-bound standout Elizabeth Caporuscio, the No. 4 hitter, and No. 5 hitter Sarah Tribe.

"I absolutely think it was us," said van der Goot of allowing the Scots to score on their miscues. "I really feel like we could've beat them."

Caporuscio and Tribe combined to go four for five with a run, two runs batted in and a hit by pitch.

The tandem had the only four hits that van der Goot (14-2), a senior, would allow.

Caporuscio singled to start the second inning and was held at third on an ensuing Tribe double. Van der Goot then struck out the side, but not before a throw back to the circle from the catcher went past her and allowed Caporuscio to score for a 1-0 lead.

Caporuscio, who now has a .625 average with 56 RBI, tripled home a pair of runs in the third, but the table was set by van der Goot walking the leadoff batter in the inning and hitting another with a pitch with two outs.

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