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SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK: MIRANDA FINDS HOMER HEAVEN.

Byline: - Gerry Gittelson

GLENDALE - Cambria Miranda put on quite a show before and during the 18th annual Daily News All-Star softball game Monday at Glendale Sports Center.

After winning the pregame home run contest, the senior from Camarillo High hit the only home run of the game, a booming two-run shot over the left-field fence that accounted for her team's only runs in the East's 11-2 victory.

``I was ready to play today. I was pumped up,'' said Miranda, a 5- foot-5 shortstop who has signed with Oregon State.

Home runs are nothing new for Miranda. She hit six this past season - including three in one game against Oxnard, an extremely rare feat in high school softball. She totaled 15 during her four-year career, 11 over the past two seasons.

And Camarillo hitters have quite a home run legacy at the Daily News event. Former Camarillo standout Beth Boskovich won the home run contest in 2002 at Glendale Sports Complex, and Jessica Mendoza won the event in 1998 at Cal State Northridge.

--A bit ragged: Many of the participants hadn't played a game in at least a month, and the rust showed.

Except for Miranda's home run, nearly all of the runs were unearned. The teams combined for 11 errors (six by the West), and West pitchers allowed seven walks and hit two batters.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jun 8, 2004
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