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Tologs thump Rebels, 13-3

Softball: Sacred Heart notches mercy rule win over winless Prep thanks to plenty of hitting.

March 08, 2012|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
(Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Sumner Hanula started it, Hannah Zika ended it and, in between, plenty of other Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball players joined in on the hit parade.

It saw an early start that led to an early ending, as the Tologs trumped visiting Flintridge Prep, 13-3, in five innings in Thursday's nonleague affair.

"They really hit the ball," said Tologs Coach Kirk Nishiyama, whose team pounded out 13 hits and improved to 2-1. "The difference was getting those three [runs] in the first inning, which I think made them relax.

"The hitting was contagious."

Hanula walked to lead off the bottom of the first before stealing the first of six Tologs stolen bases and eventually scoring the first of three runs in the opening stanza.

"Personally, I think the most important thing is really starting fast and scoring early," said Hanula, who went three for three with a walk, three runs batted in, three runs scored and two stolen bases. "It brought the momentum into the game."

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Sacred Heart tacked on another run in the second for a 4-0 lead before adding four in the fourth inning and five in the fifth, as a Zika single scored Kelly Trueblood to force the mercy rule.

In contrast, Flintridge Prep (0-6) never got going aside from a three-run fourth that cut the lead to 4-3, only to see more Tologs hits and more Rebels errors continue Prep's struggles. Unfortunately for the reigning Prep League champions, it's been a common theme this season.

"It's been a combination of things. We're not putting things together yet," said Rebels Coach Julie Jaime, whose team had three errors and a rash of wild pitches and passed balls. "We're making errors at bad moments and following it with giving up timely hits."

Prep's Jenna Galper had two of her team's four hits and scored the Rebels' first run of the fourth. She was followed by Chelsea Johnson and Maya Okamoto, who scored on a Caitlin Gillman double, but the Rebels couldn't hold the momentum, as the Tologs responded with four runs in the bottom half of the fourth to bring the lead back to a comfortable 8-3 advantage.

"We were able to rally back a little," Jaime said. "We just have to turn that corner when we get that momentum."

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