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West Ranch gets lot, little in win.

Byline: Erik Boal Staff Writer


Grounder by Foster gives Wildcats victory against Saugus.

SAUGUS - For West Ranch of Stevenson Ranch, the outcome of Thursday's Foothill League softball showdown at Saugus was set up by the long ball and decided by little ball.

Janelle Lindvall hit a solo home run in the first - giving her five in the past four games - but it was Bailey Foster's seventh-inning groundball that barely made it out of the batter's box that resulted in Madison Vogelsang scoring the deciding run in the Wildcats' 3-2 victory.

West Ranch (17-6-1, 4-2), which bounced back from a heartbreaking 7-6 loss Tuesday to Hart of Newhall (17-5-1, 4-2), responded after Saugus (14-11, 3-3) tied the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth.

Vogelsang led off with a single, moved to second on Amy Droege's bunt single and to third on Michaela Hernandez's sacrifice bunt.

Foster (10-2), who replaced starting pitcher Amanda Martin in the bottom of the sixth and stranded the potential go-ahead run at third, tapped the ball in front of the plate and when catcher Ashley Butera threw to first, Vogelsang beat the return throw home for the go-ahead run.

"I just took a deep breath and I knew if I got a pitch, I had to hit it," Foster said. "It wasn't exactly how I pictured it, but I was really excited I could help the team win. I'm glad I could take part.

"Amanda did a really good job, but if they needed me (to pitch), I was going to be ready."

Foster returned in the seventh to retire the side in order, lifting West Ranch to its third victory this season over Saugus, including a 6-0 triumph March 22 over the Centurions in the Div. I final of the High Desert Classic.

"That's a really good team we beat right there. It's hard to pitch to these guys," West Ranch coach Bob Shults said. "I really didn't feel great about it. I thought it was their turn because it's hard to pitch to the same team three times."

Martin, who recorded victories over Saugus in the tournament and again April 13, pitched 52/3 innings Thursday - retiring 11 in a row at one stretch - before Foster came on in relief.

After collecting three hits in the first five innings, the Centurions finally supported pitcher Kimmie Lockhart (9-5) with doubles from Randi Jossett and Jenna Kelly, along with an RBI single by Cassie Herrera for the tying run.

But the momentum was quickly regained by West Ranch, which had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth without the benefit of a hit, capped by Alex Gaff scoring on a wild pitch.

"It's tough to lose like that when your team is on its way back," Saugus coach Julie Watson said. "I was disappointed in our at-bats. We started off slow and we finally got it going, but if we would've played the whole game like we did in the sixth, we wouldn't have been in that situation."


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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Apr 30, 2010
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