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Cal High outlasts Cerritos in extra innings

WHITTIER — It took a couple of weeks and a few extra innings to complete, but the California High School girls softball team defeated Cerritos, 9-7, by way of the International Tiebreaker rule Wednesday in the final game of the Savanna Showcase.

After rain had delayed the final two games of the four-game showcase, the Condors scored three times in the eighth inning to break a 6-6 tie. Cerritos scored one run, but senior pitcher Richere Leduc, who went the final six innings, ended any threat for the win.

With the win, Cal evens its overall record to 4-4 this season.

The Condors opened the season with a pair of wins in the showcase over Simi Valley (3-2) and Culver City (6-2).

Rain delayed the next two games until this past week as the Condors fell to Sonora, 7-4 and defeated Cerritos Wednesday.

The showcase, which is a tournament-style event, is put on by Savanna high and between 70 and 80 schools participate.

“It’s an awesome event and you never know what you’re going to face,” said Jason Ramirez, who has been the Condors head coach for the last two years, along with Javier Macias. “It’s nice to play schools outside of our area and an opportunity to see how ball is played somewhere else.”

Cal, which also defeated Bishop Amat Monday (Mar. 3), 8-5, will open Del Rio League play Tuesday (Mar. 10), as they host El Rancho.

“That was a good win for us,” said Ramirez, of the win over Amat. Leduc pitched a complete game for the Condors.

In the win over Cerritos, the Condors had a 5-4 lead in the top of the fifth inning and Cerritos at bat. Cerritos scored a run in the bottom of the inning to tie it 5-5.

Each team failed to score in the sixth and the 90-minute tournament time limit had expired.

The International Tiebreaker rule took effect in the seventh inning and the Condors pushed across a run in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly to right field by junior shortstop Bella Gurule (2 for 5, Run, RBI), scoring sophomore left fielder Chris Lopez (1 for 2, R, RBI) for the 6-5 lead.

Cerritos again tied the game with a run in the bottom half of the inning on a squeeze play which set the stage for the eight-inning win for the Condors.

The first three batters for the Condors in the inning scored, which was highlighted by Leduc’s two-run double. The third run came across on a squeeze play by Chris Lopez, scoring Leduc.

The Condors opened the game with three runs in the first inning, as the first three batters – Gurule, junior second baseman Desirae Martinez (1 for 4, R) and junior catcher Jenavee Amador (1 for 4, 2 R) all scored.

Cerritos came back with three in the bottom of the first to tie the game, 3-3. Two innings later the Condors regained the lead with two runs in the third on run-scoring singles by senior first baseman Miranda Diaz (1 for 3, R, RBI) and starting pitcher Isabella Estrada (1 for 4, R, RBI) to lead, 5-4.
Senior center fielder Serenity Montano collected two hits in the game for the Condors.

“We learned from (Wednesday’s) game that we’re never out of a game and we found a way to get the win,” Ramirez added. “Going into league next week, this was a good test as we’ve seen some good pitching. I believe we’re going to be very competitive in league.”

Other Whittier-area scores:
El Rancho beat Whittier, 13-3, in a Del Rio League matchup, and La Serna fell to South Torrance, 6-1, in a non-league game.

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