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CITY SECTION SOFTBALL: GRANADA HILLS MOVES ON WALSH'S FIFTH NO-HITTER IN A ROW HELPS HIGHLANDERS TO CITY SEMIS GRANADA HILLS 8, SAN PEDRO 0.

Byline: Ramona Shelburne Staff Writer

Kat Walsh said she doesn't think about her streak of consecutive no- hitters, but the relief in her body language certainly said differently when left fielder Jessica Danowski went back and caught a well-struck line drive by San Fernando's Sandy Reyes.

That was about the only scare Walsh would have Thursday afternoon, when Granada Hills defeated host San Fernando 8-0 to advance to the City Section semifinals against top-seeded San Pedro. That game is Tuesday at South Gate Park.

Walsh's no-hitter was her fifth in a row over 34 innings.

``I'm not going into games thinking I'm going to throw another no-hitter. It kind of just happens,'' said Walsh, who took a perfect game into the bottom of the seventh inning. ``Today was weird, though, because I felt like I had nothing. I was really laboring hard out there.''

It helped that Granada Hills (24-5) scored two runs in the top of the second inning and two more in the top of the third.

Walsh led off the second inning with a walk, and courtesy runner Jessica Cedillos took third on a single by Jessica Patton. Both runners scored when San Fernando catcher Lisa Robertson's throw on a steal attempt by Patton went over second base and under the glove of center fielder Leilani Madrigal.

``I think after they scored, we just fell apart,'' San Fernando senior third baseman Loreina Arreguin said. ``We definitely didn't back up (pitcher Selena Salazar) the way we should have.

``I'm just sad because I thought this was going to be the year we went all the way. I was counting down the days until (the City Section final) at UCLA. I had even requested the day off of work.''

Arreguin and shortstop Tina Jimenez tried to rally their teammates throughout the game, but Walsh was too strong and Granada Hills continued to pour on the runs, with four more in the top of the fifth.

That rally was keyed by a two-run triple to right field by Patton, who finished 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

``This game is always the one we lose,'' Walsh said of the quarterfinal victory. ``It's nice to finally win it ... and I like being the underdog against (three-time defending champion) San Pedro. That's a good role.''

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(1) Granada Hills' Kelly Zakosek, center, scores after the throw home by San Fernando's Selena Salazar, right, bounces off her.

(2) Jessica Cedillos of Granada Hills slides head-first into third base to beat the tag of San Fernando's Lorena Arreguin.

Michael Owen Baker/Staff Photographer
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:May 16, 2003
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