Someone other than Anna Edwards was going to have to come through for the La Cañada High softball team.
Katella gave the Spartans' slugger next to nothing to hit, walking Edwards three out of four times in the CIF Southern Section Division V quarterfinal game Thursday at La Cañada.
Plenty of Spartans, primarily Megan Siepler, answered the call. Siepler went two for three with two doubles and four runs batted in against the Knights, pacing top-seeded La Cañada to an 8-1 victory.
It was a turnaround game for Siepler, after going one for eight in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
"It's nice to have her back swinging the bat that way," La Cañada Coach KC Matthews said. "That's the Megan Siepler that we all know and love."
Katella (20-8) of Anaheim got on the board quickly with a run in the first inning. Erika Garcia started the Knights one-out rally by reaching first base on an error committed by the La Cañada third baseman. Melissa Zuniga doubled to put runners at second and third and Melissa Biddle hit a single that landed just over the heads of Thomspon and Edwards at shortstop, scoring Garcia to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.