Rain washes luster from Hart-Saugus showdown

first_imgNo Santa Clarita Valley team has suffered through more rainouts than Hart, and that the April 4 matchup against Saugus was postponed by rain is especially disappointing. The game, initially scheduled at night at the Hart PONY complex, has been moved to the afternoon. It is slated for April 26 at 3:15 p.m. at Central Park in Saugus. Games at the PONY complex always are a season highlight. Most of the girls played youth softball at the complex, and there’s always a huge turnout because there isn’t schedule conflicts with day games. “We tried to reschedule at the Hart complex, but they have their own league games there, so there was nothing we can do,” Hart coach Steve Calendo said. “They’re completely booked, but the good news is we still have one more game scheduled with Saugus at the Hart complex on May 4.” Power hitter: Valencia’s Jessica Spigner has five home runs this season, one shy of Ashley Herrera’s 2002 school single-season record of six and five shy of former Canyon star Crystl Bustos’ 1994 Foothill League record of 10. Valencia has hit 11 home runs this season, one short of the combined total of Saugus (six), Canyon (four) and Hart (two). Time for a break: Santa Clarita Christian is on a 12-day spring break – and the Cardinals (1-5) can use it. They are coming off consecutive 23-1 defeats, and four of the team’s five losses have been by 10 or more runs. gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHart, which with Valencia competes in the highly competitive Woodbridge of Irvine tournament that begbins this weekend, is coming off a dramatic 2-1, 19-inning loss to El Camino Real of Woodland Hills – a four-hour-plus marathon that ended on Bianca Mejia’s home run. “We had a chance to win it in extra innings a couple of times but just couldn’t get the right hit at the right time,” Calendo said. “We also were trying not to give Mejia anything good to hit, but 19 innings is a long time, and we kind of lost our concentration at the end.” Making her pitch: Valencia’s Jordan Taylor is on pace to surpass 300 strikeouts in a season – a feat that hasn’t been achieved by a local pitcher since Hart’s Kym Weil in 1990. Taylor (13-2), a junior right-hander, has 203 strikeouts in 108 innings. She probably will pitch every game for Valencia the rest of the season, so if she stays on the same pace – 13.5 strikeouts per start – she’ll finish with 365. If Valencia returns to the Southern Section Div. I final, meaning an additional five playoff starts, she would finish with 433. Only 10 Southern Section pitchers have surpassed 400 strikeouts in a season, none since 1989. last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *