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first_imgCalifornia High School softball coach Jim Kruse looked at his roster before the season began and considered the difficult, season-opening Bullhead City (Ariz.) Tournament of Champions. “We’re going to have to fight our way through that one, especially with our youth,” Kruse said. “We need to work on developing our leadership roles.” “We had two outs and Alex was on third base,” Kruse said. “The batter struck out, but the catcher dropped the ball, and because Alex was coming down the line and was so close to the plate, the catcher went after her instead of throwing to first base. “Alex stopped and ran back toward third, and when the catcher threw to third, Alex turned and beat the return throw to the plate to score. It was a great effort.” California finished the tournament with a 7-5 loss to Southland power El Toro. “(Saligi) was really impressive, Marissa homered over the fence, which was impressive for someone usually considered a slapper, and Jennifer Salas made several outstanding defensive plays, including throwing out a runner at the plate and reaching over the fence to rob a home run,” Kruse said. “Five games in three days, and we finished 10th out of 43 teams. To come home 3-2 against that level of competition is very pleasing.” Although Santa Fe split its two Downey Tournament games on Saturday, Chiefs coach Annette Ledesma considered it a successful weekend. The Chiefs lost to Kennedy 7-0 and defeated Katella, 5-0. They may have discovered another starting pitcher in the process. Sophomore Andrea Bueno pitched 10-plus innings, including all seven in the victory. “We’ve been considering her a reliever,” Ledesma said, “but she showed us a side of her that we might want to consider using as a starter.” Ledesma also cited the recent play of senior shortstop Jessica Gonzales, who hit home runs in each of the Chiefs’ first three games and “has played nearly flawless defense,” and senior catcher Jasmine Salazar, who “hit the ball hard all day Saturday.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Monday morning, Kruse described his team’s play in the three-day tournament over the weekend as “awesome.” Pitcher Tara Saligi opened the tournament by limiting Canyon Del Oro to four hits, but two costly errors led to a 1-0 loss. Her performance drew praise from many onlookers. The Condors then defeated three-time New Mexico state champion Farmington, 11-0. Farmington later led Southland power Foothill 4-1 in the final inning before losing, 5-4. The Condors’ offense continued to produce against a good Saugus team during a 5-0 win in Friday’s second game. Marissa Rangel’s home run and some nifty baserunning by Alex Martinez helped lead to a 2-1 win over Lakewood in Saturday morning’s contest, which began at 7:30 (6:30 California time). center_img The T of C included some of the top teams in the nation. California was scheduled to play Canyon Del Oro of Arizona, ranked No. 1 in the StudentSportsSoftball.com national rankings, in its tournament opener. “We’ll find out a lot about ourselves real quick,” Kruse said at the time. last_img read more

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