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Power shift sees La Cañada High softball fall to Monrovia

Softball: Wildcats win second meeting against Spartans, 8-6.

April 25, 2014|By Michael Shaked, Special to the Valley Sun
  • La Cañada High's Sammy Jedrey, at third base, receives the throw from home late as Monrovia's Derek Blow slides safely into third base in a Rio Hondo League softball game at La Cañada High on Friday. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
La Cañada High's Sammy Jedrey, at third…

LA CAÑADA — In a first-place matchup between Rio Hondo League heavyweights, there was no shortage of power for either the La Cañada High softball team or visiting Monrovia.

On Friday night, both teams belted two home runs each.

But Monrovia added a pair of off-the-wall run-scoring doubles to get the better of the Spartans in a rainy 8-6 league victory.

PHOTOS: Pair of doubles leads Monrovia to 8-6 victory over LCHS

“There’s some power in both lineups. That's a very good hitting team right there,” said La Cañada Coach KC Mathews, whose Spartans lost for the second time in league, the first coming against Temple City and both defeats coming against teams they had previously defeated.

The hosts dropped to 12-7, 5-2 in Rio Hondo League play while the visiting Wildcats improved to 15-4, 7-1.

Though La Cañada got the best of the Wildcats, 8-3, on their homefield earlier in the month, the Wildcats jumped all over the Spartans early.

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Spartans pitcher Maddie MacKenzie allowed walks to two of the first three batters in the first inning before Adrienne Guerra lifted a sacrifice fly into left field, bringing leadoff hitter Elise McCarthy home from third. MacKenzie walked a third batter before escaping the inning without further damage.

The Spartans responded loudly in their half of the inning. Katy Lee and Olivia Lam hit consecutive singles before Olivia Leyva drilled a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall for a home run and a 3-1 lead.

But the home team’s bats went silent for the next four innings while Monrovia went to work.

The Wildcats used four hits in the second, capped by a towering solo home run from Guerra, to score five runs and grab a 6-3 lead they would not surrender.

McCarthy hit a deep drive earlier in the inning that fell for a double and drove in Shelbi Zernickow from third. A costly error allowed two runs to score instead of forcing the second out of the inning. A pair of passed balls led to another run.

Brooke Mann led off the third with a home run for the Wildcats’ seventh run of the game. MacKenzie retired the next two batters before putting runners on first and second with consecutive singles. She got out of the jam by inducing a lineout to center, but that would be her last pitch.

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