Kennedy is looking out for No. 1.Byline: Erik Boal Staff Writer
Ever since Kennedy of Granada Hills defeated Chatsworth on March 26, Golden Cougars softball softball, variant of baseball played with a larger ball on a smaller field. Invented (1888) in Chicago as an indoor game, it was at various times called indoor baseball, mush ball, playground ball, kitten ball, and, because it was also played by women, ladies' coach Craig Becker hasn't backed down from his plan to lobby for the No. 1 seed at the City Section seeding meeting Thursday.
Although it appears Carson (24-3) and San Pedro (19-6) are likely to secure the top two seeds, Kennedy's fourth straight Valley Mission League title, combined with its win over West Valley League champion Chatsworth might be enough to break up the Marine League powers.
"I'm going to try," Becker said. "I'm still going to push for No. 1, but I don't know how it's going to pan out. I'm going to do my best to wedge us in there, but all I know is we can't do any worse than third."
Kennedy (19-6) reached the City final in 2007 - losing to San Pedro 1-0 - before falling to El Camino Real El Camino Real (Spanish for The Royal Road or The King's Highway) was the name of a series of pre-automobile highways linking the various New World colonies of Spain:
With Purdue-bound Tori Chiodo serving as the catalyst in Kennedy's lineup and Christian Carbajal (17-6) winning her past four decisions, the Golden Cougars are a threat to return to the final.
Chatsworth (21-5), which has won six in a row and eight of nine, will likely be seeded fourth and El Camino Real of Woodland Hills (22-7) should secure the No. 5 seed, meaning the West Valley rivals could square off for a third time this season in the quarterfinals.
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ECR East Coast Radio (South Africa) coach Lori Chandler said. "The two losses to Chatsworth don't make or break our season. But we'd definitely like an opportunity to see them again."
Little margin for error for Saugus
Saugus didn't commit any physical errors in Thursday's 3-2 loss to West Ranch, but a few mental breakdowns cost the Centurions, who are now in fourth place in the Foothill League with two weeks left in the regular season.
"It's very frustrating frus·trate
tr.v. frus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing, frus·trates
a. To prevent from accomplishing a purpose or fulfilling a desire; thwart: because they basically scored on unearned things," Saugus junior Randi Jossett said. "It's a tough loss and it sucks losing to them again, but I think this is going to fire us up even more for our next two games."
Saugus, whose three league losses have been by a combined three runs, play Tuesday against Hart and Thursday against Canyon before facing Valencia.
No more tough luck for Seidel sei·del
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Village Christian of Sun Valley junior pitcher suffered a hard-luck loss April 15 to Valley Christian of Cerritos, allowing one hit in a 1-0 setback.
Fortunately for Seidel, Village Christian (15-3) did enough offensively to protect a two-hit, 14-strikeout effort in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Whittier Christian, forcing a three-way tie in the Olympic League between the Crusaders, Paraclete of Lancaster and Valley Christian.