LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Base runners, and most notably runs, were a precious commodity in a pitchers duel between the La Cañada and Nipomo high softball teams Tuesday in the CIF Southern Section Division V semifinals.
Nipomo got 10 runners aboard — compared to the Spartans' seven — but La Cañada catcher Catherine Horner made four of the Titans disappear, as she threw out all four runners who attempted to steal second.
"She's our eraser," said La Cañada Coach KC Mathews, whose team pulled out the dramatic 1-0 win with a run in the bottom of the sixth. "She hasn't had the opportunities [to throw runners out] as much this year because the word is out."
Horner's play quelled possible Nipomo rallies and kept La Cañada pitcher Lauren Cox — who walked seven batters, hit another and gave up two hits — out of danger.
"It's literally the best feeling [having runners thrown out]," said Cox, who struck 13 in the shutout victory. "Honestly, [Horner] was great today — she's great every day."