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Crescenta Valley-Foothill blanks another foe

July 15, 2012|By Grant Gordon

CANYON COUNTRY - Hot hitting, shutdown pitching and dependable defense is quite simply and quite obviously a winning formula.

And it’s quite simply and quite emphatically what the Crescenta Valley-Foothill Junior All-Stars softball team has done in laying waste to its first two foes, the latest being District 51’s Quartz Hill, which was downed, 7-0, by CVFH on Sunday morning at Canyon Country Little League complex in the Section 2 Tournament.

“It was just a well-played game,” CVFH Coach Will Thayer said. “I’m very pleased.

“I can’t complain about any facet of the game today.”

A day after the locals shut out Canyon Country-Mission Hills, 8-0, Alex Howard and Adela Alatraca combined for a second straight shutout and to strike out 11 in leading their team into the Section 2 title game on Tuesday at 5 p.m. CVFH awaits the winner of a Monday elimination game, which will see Quartz Hill play either San Marino or Canyon Country-Mission Hills, who played later Sunday in an elimination game.

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CVFH (2-0) pounded out 13 hits, with the top five in the order – Cailey Ellingford, Alex Howard, Cailen Rodriguez, Jordan Lousararian and Camie Ellingford – combining to go 10 for 20 with six runs batted in and five runs. But, the entire starting lineup contributed, with every starter either drawing a walk or notching a hit.

“We were definitely hitting the ball solid today,” Thayer said. “And it started right in the first inning with Cailey.”

Cailey Ellingford led off the game with a single and followed with a stolen base, setting the scene for Rodriguez, who began a big day for herself and her team with a double to center field to score Ellingford, who went two for four with a run and a RBI. Rodriguez was three for four with a pair of RBI and two runs.

Just like Saturday’s win, CVFH jumped out to a 1-0 first-inning lead, but unlike Saturday’s game, CVFH came out hitting on Sunday from the onset, whereas it used walks and opportunistic base running the day prior to jump out to a lead. On Sunday, CVFH was hitting line drives all over the field from the start and also had four doubles, as opposed to no extra-base hits the previous day.

“We were a little nervous [Saturday], but [Sunday] we just came out ready,” said Howard, who reached on an error in the top of the third inning and came around for a 2-0 lead on a stand-up double from Rodriguez.

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