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Little goes right in first CVFH Junior All-Star loss

Softball: Nothing for CVFH Junior All-Stars to rely on in 10-6 loss to Alaska in Western Regional.

August 03, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

All postseason long Crescenta Valley-Foothill has been able to rely on its potent offense and strong pitching to not only keep it in games but win them, as it hadn't dropped a game yet.

That all changed Friday when CVFH suffered its first loss to Alaska, 10-6, in the second round of the Western Regional Junior All-Star Softball Tournament Friday at Arthur Pack Regional Park in Arizona.

Alaska had a number of seeing-eye base hits, CVFH Coach Will Thayer said, while what's been a hot CVFH offense went cold with just five hits in the game. Jordan Lousararian, who's been nothing but dependable in the circle as the CVFH ace, struggled in her second start in as many days with temperatures near or over 100 degrees.

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"We did not play well at all," said Thayer, whose team also committed four errors. "We didn't have a hit until the [third] inning. The bats were off and their [pitcher] wasn't throwing that well so I don't know what was going on."

Alaska starting pitcher Lauren Syrup walked five but gave up just one hit and struck out six batters in four innings.

Offensively, Alaska got out to a quick start, as its first three batters logged singles to start the game with Morgan Hill driving home the first run of the game with a blooper to left field.

"Right out of the shoot they had a bunch of little dingers and everything fell for them, really for the whole game," said Thayer of Alaska, which racked up 16 hits in the game. "Not to take anything away from them, they have some big girls who can hit, but they had a lot of hits that came off the end of the bat. They found every hole today and we didn't find any."

Nanea Tali drove in another Alaska run with a hard grounder to third. The ball was fielded and thrown home, but not in time to catch Leiani Blair at the plate. Hill put Alaska up, 3-0, when she took home on a double steal, while Tali was thrown out at second.

While Alaska strung together five hits and sent 11 batters to the plate for its three runs in the first, CVFH had to scratch out its two runs without the benefit of a hit in the first.

Sammy Fabian drew a leadoff walk and moved to second when she beat out a throw on a grounder to the pitcher from Camie Ellingford. A passed ball moved Fabian and Ellingford up a base and they both scored on a wild pitch and passed ball, respectively.

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