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Nerves or not, CVFH rolls to win

Softball: Junior All-Stars use big hits, opposing errors to run away with 10-0 victory in divisonal.

July 21, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

LOS ANGELES — Crescenta Valley-Foothill Junior All-Star softball Coach Will Thayer thinks there may have been some nerves at play with his team, which opened the Southern California Division III Junior Softball Tournament Saturday.

Those nerves were quickly calmed by a number ofTri-Valley miscues – four errors, three passed balls and three wild pitches – that helped fuel a CVFH offense that had 13 hits, including multi-hit games from Alex Howard, Cailen Rodriguez and Camie Ellingford, in a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over five innings at Kent D. Mace Field in Westchester.

"The scoreboard says 10-0 and I don't want to seem egotistical, but I thought we could have played a lot better," Thayer said. "We left them off the hook a bunch of times with bases loaded. We were having trouble in the leadoff spot tonight, we had three strikeouts there and everyone has their bad games, but I thought we could have played better. I still feel we are a better hitting club than we showed tonight, even though we put 10 on the board."

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It was a fitting ending as CVFH's big hitters Saturday ended the game after the minimum five innings. Ellingford drove home the 10th run with a single to left field that scored Howard, who singled aboard and moved to second on a Rodriguez single.

"[The lopsided win] gives us a lot of confidence especially this far in the season," Ellingford said. "It's my first time being this far."

The win puts CVFH in a second-round game of the double-elimination tournament against South El Monte, the Section 3 champions, Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Kent D. Mace Field.

Thayer hopes the commanding victory will calm whatever nerves CVFH was feeling early on before it jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning with some help fromTri-Valleyafter CVFH pitcher Jordan Lousararian retired the side in order in the top of the first.

"There's a bit of nerves and eagerness to please because they have worked hard [to get here]," Thayer said. "You press a little bit early and after you get a couple runs you start to calm down. I think they will be fine. Now that they have this under their belt they can settle down and be themselves more."

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