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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | August 4, 2012
There was plenty of pressure on Lauren Cox coming into her senior season with the La Cañada High softball team. It was the first time Cox would be the Spartans' primary pitcher and she was stepping into the role with a mountain of expectations facing her and the team. La Cañada entered the season atop the CIF Southern Section Division V poll, which made it the favorite to win the title for the second year in a row. In order to do so, the Spartans would need a bounce-back season from Cox, who watched most of the 2011 championship run from the sidelines after a leg injury derailed her junior season and put Lauren O'Leary front and center in La Cañada's pitching staff.
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July 1, 2004
Most kids never get the chance to pitch in a youth baseball championship game. In one week last month, 12-year-old Benjamin Slyngstad pitched in two championship games and won both of them. He was the winning pitcher for the Mighty Drillers in the Crescenta Sports Association Bronco Division final played last week and on June 15 he was the winning pitcher for the Mariners in the La Canada Junior Baseball Softball Association Bronco Division title game. The feat is unique in recent memory and Slyngstad may lay claim to the title of the best 12-year-old pitcher in the Crescenta-Canada Valley He pitched more than 130 innings and struck out more than 250 batters.
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By Seth Amitin and Grant Gordon | March 11, 2010
The La Cañada Flintridge area experienced a lot of turnover in softball since last year. The graduation of Jessica Ferri leaves Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy without their best hitter and pitcher, accolades she held down for a lengthy tenure with the Tologs. Flintridge Prep and La Cañada lost eight players each — including three that Prep Coach Julie Jaime expected to return. Both lost experience; the Rebels lost five seniors and the Spartans seven. Pitching for the Tologs is no doubt a key, as the team must deal with the loss of Ferri, who’s now playing at Harvard after a career that included multiple All-Area honors and Mission League pitcher and player of the year honors.
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June 29, 2006
In a La Cañada Junior Baseball/Softball Association Bronco Division semifinal game earlier this month, the Mets edged the Yankees, 7-6. The Yanks' bats didn't wake up until the fourth inning as Avery Schwartz got the only hit in the first three innings while the Mets were building up a 6-0 lead. The Yankees scored five runs in the fourth inning to close the gap to 6-5. However, the Mets scored another run in the fifth to put them up, 7-5. The Yanks came back with only one run in the top of the seventh inning and fell short, 7-6. Yanks' hurler John Hayes kept the Mets scoreless in the second and fourth innings, but four errors gave the Mets four runs in the first and third innings.
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By Timithie Gould | July 26, 2007
Alyssa Stolmack, 10, loves softball. Though she's dabbled in soccer and other activities, softball is definitely her favorite. "I like how everything is fast-paced and unpredictable," she said. Alyssa recently pitched her 10-and-under SoCal3D travel team to third place at the the Triple Crown Sports Fastpitch Softball World Series in Park City, Utah. One of many victories she has experienced over her six and a half years of playing the game, Alyssa also fondly remembers last years' district tournament with her La Cañada tournament team.
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By Seth Amitin | March 22, 2010
Both softball pitchers threw shutouts, but only one team saw a run cross the plate on an error. La Cañada won the pitcher’s duel against San Marino on Friday, 1-0, to win their first league match of the season. The lone run scored in the bottom of the first inning when La Cañada shortstop Anna Edwards ran for home on a single and the catcher wasn’t able to hold onto the ball for the tag. Catherine Horner, who hit the single, wasn’t credited for the RBI and San Marino’s freshman pitcher Michelle Floyd wasn’t credited with an earned run allowed.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 29, 2011
GLENDALE —Denise van der Goot showed the local audiences throughout the season how dominating she can be while standing in the circle. Her respective body of work also gained recognition outside the area, as well, after she turned in a fine senior season. Flintridge Prep's van der Goot closed out her high school career with an All-CIF Southern Section Division VI first-team accolade. Van der Goot had a stellar overall campaign, going 11-2 in 16 appearances with a 1.18 earned-run average.
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By Seth Amitin | March 25, 2010
Both softball pitchers threw shutouts, but only one team saw a run cross the plate on an error. La Cañada won the pitcher’s duel against San Marino on Friday, 1-0, to win their first league match of the season. The lone run scored in the bottom of the first inning when La Cañada shortstop Anna Edwards ran for home on a single and the catcher wasn’t able to hold onto the ball for the tag. Catherine Horner, who hit the single, wasn’t credited for the RBI and San Marino’s freshman pitcher Michelle Floyd wasn’t credited with an earned run allowed.
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By Seth Amitin | April 22, 2010
La Cañada High’s softball team used an Anna Edwards home run and strong pitching Wednesday from Lauren O’Leary to beat San Marino and its star freshman pitcher, 2-0. San Marino’s Michelle Floyd, who came into the game with a league-leading 169 strikeouts, struck out 14 Spartans in seven innings. She gave up only three hits. Edwards was the bane of Floyd’s performance, scoring both runs in the game. In the first inning, Edwards scored the first run after she doubled, stole third base and was awarded home plate when the throw went out of play.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 9, 2011
All season long, Meredith Cervenka has been behind the scenes, calling the pitches La Cañada High pitcher Lauren O'Leary. In turn, the Spartans' hurler had no problem following Cervenka's game plan, which helped her shut down offenses during her senior season. The three-year formula for success worked to perfection again on Friday, as O'Leary dominated Beaumont in the CIF Southern Section Division V championship game at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine. The Spartans' ace dominated when it mattered most — in the last five innings.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | April 12, 2014
LA CAÑADA - With San Marino High pitching ace Jeff Bain not in the lineup, the prospects, if not odds, certainly seemed in favor of the La Cañada baseball team at the onset of its Rio Hondo League home game Friday afternoon. Yet, fortune was not on the side of the Spartans, who ran into a buzz saw in the form of San Marino No. 2 pitcher Miles Glazier. The junior left-hander was direct with his fastball and economical with his pitch count, which spelled doom for a La Cañada squad that didn't capitalize on its opportunities and fell, 6-0. “The difference was we just didn't get key hits,” Spartans Coach Alex Valadez said.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | August 4, 2012
There was plenty of pressure on Lauren Cox coming into her senior season with the La Cañada High softball team. It was the first time Cox would be the Spartans' primary pitcher and she was stepping into the role with a mountain of expectations facing her and the team. La Cañada entered the season atop the CIF Southern Section Division V poll, which made it the favorite to win the title for the second year in a row. In order to do so, the Spartans would need a bounce-back season from Cox, who watched most of the 2011 championship run from the sidelines after a leg injury derailed her junior season and put Lauren O'Leary front and center in La Cañada's pitching staff.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | June 29, 2012
There were certainly a few surprises that took place during the Prep League softball season and those unexpected successes were highlighted within the league's awards. Flintridge Prep, Mayfield School, Pasadena Poly and Westridge each earned acclaim that included Cubs junior catcher Mireya Hernandez taking home the most valuable player award and Panthers senior hurler Heather Choi being named the league's pitcher of the year. "The goal every year is to win league and I thought we could do it," Panthers Coach Santee Vallejo said.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 21, 2012
Michelle Floyd showed just how dangerous of a dual threat she is in the third game of the San Marino High softball team's Rio Hondo League season March 23 against La Cañada High. Floyd, who's verbally committed to the University of Arizona, not only struck out 11 and limited the Spartans to two runs in the circle, but she hit a two-run blast in the top of the seventh inning that proved to be the difference in a 3-2 victory for the Titans, who found themselves on top of league for a time due to the victory.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 29, 2011
GLENDALE —Denise van der Goot showed the local audiences throughout the season how dominating she can be while standing in the circle. Her respective body of work also gained recognition outside the area, as well, after she turned in a fine senior season. Flintridge Prep's van der Goot closed out her high school career with an All-CIF Southern Section Division VI first-team accolade. Van der Goot had a stellar overall campaign, going 11-2 in 16 appearances with a 1.18 earned-run average.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 9, 2011
All season long, Meredith Cervenka has been behind the scenes, calling the pitches La Cañada High pitcher Lauren O'Leary. In turn, the Spartans' hurler had no problem following Cervenka's game plan, which helped her shut down offenses during her senior season. The three-year formula for success worked to perfection again on Friday, as O'Leary dominated Beaumont in the CIF Southern Section Division V championship game at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine. The Spartans' ace dominated when it mattered most — in the last five innings.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | April 20, 2011
Lauren O'Leary, last year's first-team All-CIF Southern Section and co-Rio Hondo Most Valuable Pitcher, doesn't need to prove herself anymore. However, the senior pitched another statement game against San Marino at home Friday. O'Leary was slated for what was sure to be sure a pitchers' duel against San Marino's standout sophomore pitcher, Michelle Floyd, who's already verbally committed to the University of Arizona. The Spartans got two runs in the first inning off Floyd, and that was more than O'Leary would need, as she struck out 12 and allowed just five base runners (three walks and two hits)
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | March 30, 2011
Brendon Shoemake grew up playing club baseball with some of the best talent in Southern California. He's seen his teammates commit to play baseball for major universities and even go on to sign with Major League Baseball teams. Shoemake, a La Cañada High senior, joined their ranks March 8, after verbally committing to play baseball for UC Santa Barbara. The Spartans' No. 1 starting pitcher and center fielder started playing club baseball for the So Cal Blast of Diamond Bar when he was 9. He went on to play for the So Cal Sundevils of Chino Hills and continues to compete for the So Cal Bombers, which he joined at the age of 13. "Playing club baseball really changed the way I go about things, including my work ethic," said Shoemake, adding that it was a life-changing experience seeing former teammates like Bryce Harper — the No. 1 pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft by the Washington Nationals — go on to play professionally.
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By Seth Amitin | April 22, 2010
La Cañada High’s softball team used an Anna Edwards home run and strong pitching Wednesday from Lauren O’Leary to beat San Marino and its star freshman pitcher, 2-0. San Marino’s Michelle Floyd, who came into the game with a league-leading 169 strikeouts, struck out 14 Spartans in seven innings. She gave up only three hits. Edwards was the bane of Floyd’s performance, scoring both runs in the game. In the first inning, Edwards scored the first run after she doubled, stole third base and was awarded home plate when the throw went out of play.
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By Seth Amitin | March 25, 2010
Both softball pitchers threw shutouts, but only one team saw a run cross the plate on an error. La Cañada won the pitcher’s duel against San Marino on Friday, 1-0, to win their first league match of the season. The lone run scored in the bottom of the first inning when La Cañada shortstop Anna Edwards ran for home on a single and the catcher wasn’t able to hold onto the ball for the tag. Catherine Horner, who hit the single, wasn’t credited for the RBI and San Marino’s freshman pitcher Michelle Floyd wasn’t credited with an earned run allowed.
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