GLENDALE — All softball season long, Meredith Cervenka has been behind the scenes, calling pitches for La Cañada High pitcher Lauren O'Leary. In turn, the Spartans' hurler had no problem following Cervenka's gameplan, which helped her shut down offenses during her senior season.
The three-year formula for success worked to perfection again on Friday, as O'Leary dominated Beaumont in the CIF Southern Section Division V championship game at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine. The Spartans' ace dominated when it mattered most — in the last five innings. She retired 15 of the last 16 batters she faced and set down the side in order in the third through sixth innings.
Her effort helped the Spartans secure a 1-0 win for the program's first CIF title in 16 years.
After the game, O'Leary credited Cervenka's pitch calling for her success on the field against Beaumont.
"They're a really good-hitting team, so we just wanted to mix it up," said O'Leary, who struck out eight and didn't issue a walk in the championship game. "It feels good to get it done."