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PATRIOTS TO TRY YOUTH THIS TIME.

Byline: Jack Pollon Special to the Daily News

For the past five seasons, the Viewpoint High School softball team has finished second to L.A. Lutheran in the Heritage League.

To finally win the league, the Patriots will have to do it with underclassmen. Five of the 13 players are freshmen. There is only one senior.

``Our goal is to beat them,'' head coach Parise Livanos said. ``We're just tired of coming up short. We do have a lot of freshmen, but it's nice having such a young team.''

Returning for Viewpoint are senior Stacy Shaw, juniors Samantha Cherin, Vanessa Iskowitz, Mehrnoush Yazdanyar and Samantha Levi.

Levi, the cleanup hitting catcher, is a college prospect after batting .500 last year with 20 stolen bases.

``Samantha is an exceptional player who is going to have to show her stuff this year and be a leader on this team,'' Livanos said.

Outfielder Yazdanyar hit .600 last year from the leadoff spot and stole 20 stolen bases.

With five freshmen on the team there are plenty of new faces for the Patriots.

Pitcher Elisa Smith and shortstop Monique Perez are two that will contribute immediately.

Smith has a great change-up and also is a good base runner and hitter.

``She is just a smart player,'' Livanos said. ``She has smarts for the game that you just can't teach.''

Viewpoint gets its first shot at L.A. Lutheran on April 8 at Calabasas High School. The second game is on May 9 at L.A. Lutheran.
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