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Glendale High softball continues winning ways heading into league

Softball: Nitros' offense stays hot in rolling to 9-2 nonleague victory over Alhambra.

March 25, 2014|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com |

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GLENDALE — Offense has been abundant for the Glendale High softball team, and even with a nine-day layoff, the trend continued when the Nitros wrapped up nonleague play Tuesday afternoon.

Showcasing a 12-hit attack, the Nitros erupted for four first-inning runs and never looked back in a 9-2 win over visiting Alhambra on a chilly day at Glendale High.

“I was a little bit worried about losing our momentum with the layoff and our bats opened up right away,” said Glendale first-year Coach Greg Martin, whose Nitros won their eighth in a row to improve to 8-1 on the season with their Pacific League opener awaiting next week at Burroughs. “This was a tune-up game and I’m looking forward to Burroughs.”

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Freshman Sammy Fabian, who had three hits, three runs and four of her team’s six stolen bases, led off the bottom of the first with a single up the middle and Glendale was off and running.

The Nitros started with four consecutive hits, with a triple by sophomore Alex Howard (two hits, three runs batted in) that scored Fabian and junior Sarah Brockway (two hits, walk and stolen base) and a single by freshman Tiffany Bartamian, which scored Howard. Bartamian would later score on a wild pitch for the early 4-0 cushion.

Glendale followed with runs in the second, third and fourth innings, giving sophomore starting pitcher Jordan Lousararian more than enough run support.

Lousararian, who had two hits, didn’t have the greatest of starts, as she walked the first two batters of the game, but then retired the side in order, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

“I started off a little shaky, but I think I did a good job settling down,” Lousararian said.

Lousararian went the full seven innings, allowing two unearned runs and just one hit. She also struck out seven, though she walked five.

It was the seventh time Glendale has scored seven or more runs in a game, having scored 77 runs in nine games.

“I think we’ve got a lot more confident as we’ve gone along,” Lousararian said. “It’s definitely showing at the plate.”

After stranding two runs in the top of the first inning and falling behind by four in the bottom half, Alhambra (3-5) was never really in the game and the Nitros never let off the gas.

“We knew that from the get-go, we had to go hard,” Fabian said. “We knew that we had to win every single inning.”

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