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Softball Roundup 6-2-09: Patriots reach finals

LAKE ISABELLA • After 15 years, Christy Newman is back in a CIF championship game.

The last time, Newman was a pitcher for the Hesperia Christian softball team. This time, she’ll be leading the Patriots from the dugout as head coach.

Hesperia Christian shut out Kern Valley 1-0 Tuesday in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division VII playoffs to advance to the finals for the first time since 1994.

The Patriots will play Rosamond in the championship game on either Friday or Saturday at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine. CIF will determine the day of the game today.

The Patriots (24-1) scored their only run in the fifth. Laura Acosta got hit by a pitch, and pinch runner Jackie Becerra-Gubara replaced her. Then Ashley McCloud doubled to drive in the winning run. McCloud went 2-for-3 on the day, and catcher Hannah Morin had HCS’ only other hit.

Kern Valley had a chance to score in the seventh when it had runners on second and third with one out. Patriots ace pitcher Sierra Rick threw a wild pitch, and the runner on third charged toward home plate. Morin quickly recovered the ball and made it just in time to tag the runner out.

Rick got the final out on a ground ball to second.

Rick (24-1) pitched a shutout, striking out four and giving up just two hits. Hesperia Christian played errorless defense.

Newman and her 1994 Hesperia Christian team fell to Linfield Christian 6-5 after 13 innings in the championship game.

HCS 000 010 0 — 1 3 0
Kern Vly. 000 000 0 — 0 2 1

Rick and Morin; Evans and Bennett. WP — Rick (24-1). LP — Evans. 2B — McCloud (H), Buldarelli (K).

ROSAMOND 17, VICTOR VALLEY CHRISTIAN 2: At Rosamond, the Royals (25-4) were denied a chance at an all-Agape League CIF final as the Roadrunners routed them in the Division VII semis.

Cassie Morris and Rachel Conway doubled for VVCS, which was the first team to score a run against Rosamond in the playoffs.

The Roadrunners, who won their first three playoff games by a combined score of 65-0, advance to play Hesperia Christian on either Friday or Saturday in Irvine.

The future could be bright for the Royals; the team featured seven freshman and six sophomores on the roster and five freshman in the starting lineup.

VVCS 001 001 0 — 2 2 6
Rosamond 435 041 X — 17 14 2

Westbury and C. Hintz; Benson and Quattelbann. WP — Benson. LP — Westbury (9-4). 2B — Morris, Conway (V); Benson (R).

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