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SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK: LANCASTER THE SOLE SURVIVOR.

Byline: Ramona Shelburne Staff Writer

And then there was one.

After a disastrous opening round in the Southern Section playoffs for Antelope Valley softball teams, Lancaster High is the only team left standing.

On paper, the second round doesn't look good for the Eagles, who play Oaks Christian of Westlake Village in a Division III game. Oaks Christian, the No. 2 seed, beat Lancaster 6-0 and 13-1 on April 20. Lancaster was outhit 29-5 in the doubleheader.

Senior Lyndsey Lane said not to put too much stock in those results.

``We didn't play our regular starting lineup in those games,'' Lane said.

Lancaster used different lineups in the games because it knew Oaks Christian was a potential playoff opponent and didn't want to give away too much information.

Lancaster (15-11) has won eight consecutive games since losing the doubleheader to Oaks Christian (25-5). The Eagles' 11-7 victory over Glendale in the first round Friday was the first playoff victory in school history.

--Scouting Oaks Christian The Lions have won two consecutive Southern Section Div. IV titles and are competing in Div. III for the first time.

They are led by sophomore pitcher Taylor Schlopy, a first-team Daily News All-Area selection as a freshman. Schlopy, who set the state record for triples last year, is one of the area's fastest players. She has stolen home twice in her career.

Schlopy leads Oaks Christian with a .460 batting average, 45 runs in 30 games and a .518 on-base percentage. She has stolen 28 bases in 28 attempts this year.

--All-Stars selected: Six Antelope Valley-area seniors have been selected to play in the Daily News Senior All-Star game June 7 (4 p.m.) at Cal State Northridge.

All are on the East team, coached by Hart of Newhall's Cathy Giordano and Glendale's Kris Kohlmeier.

Those selected are Littlerock pitcher Nickie Perez, Highland infielder Kristin Metter, Palmdale pitcher Ashley Thomas, Quartz Hill infielders Sarah Kahn and Kelsie Blankemeyer, Lancaster infielders Lyndsey Lane and Katie Cornelison, and Paraclete infielder Jamie Prather.

Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617

ramona.shelburne(at)dailynews.com
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