The St. Francis High softball team scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge Alisal High, 7-6, in Pacific Coast Athletic League-Cypress Division action.
Sharks freshman Alicia Mendez recorded seven strikeouts and gave up six runs on 11 hits. But, she also went 2-for-3 at the plate, racking up four RBIs, while Lena Ciandro went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Angie Heredia went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Sharks, who improved to 10-4 in league play and 13-8 overall.
St. Francis is scheduled to play a series of three non-league games beginning with Saint Francis of Mountain View on Friday at 4 p.m.
St. Francis finishes on Saturday against Del Mar of San Jose at 2 p.m. and Mission College Prep of San Luis Obispo at 4 p.m.
The Sharks close out the regular season on the road against Monte Vista Christian on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., which will be a showdown for the PCAL-Cypress title.
At Aptos 14, Santa Cruz 1 >> The Mariners put up 12 runs in the first inning and never looked back, defeating the Cardinals in Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League play.
Zoe Kinsella-Montes went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored, while Vanessa Segura went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored for Aptos.
Aliyah Garland batted a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Nine players recorded at least an RBI.
Ada Neu tallied a game-high nine strikeouts, giving up a run and a hit in just five innings of work for the Mariners (10-8, 8-3), who play at Scotts Valley on Monday at 4 p.m.
Monte Vista Christian 13, Soledad 0 >> Samantha Baer threw a complete game shutout to lead the Mustangs to victory against the Aztecs.
Baer lasted seven innings, allowing two hits and zero runs, while racking up nine strikeouts and allowing a walk for Monte Vista.
The Mustangs had a 6-0 lead going into the seventh but the offense produced six runs to give Baer some extra run support. Monte Vista hit four home runs, two of them by Mariah Montalvo in the first and third innings.
Kendall McPhillips hit a home run on an 0-1 count, which scored two runs of the game in the first inning.
Monte Vista kept the pressure on in the seventh with singles by Faeh Chetcuti and Jessica Enriquez. Baer closed it up with a home run of her own, going 1-for-2 with four RBIs, a run scored and drawing three walks.
The Mustangs tallied 13 hits with Montalvo — who went 3-for-4 — McPhillips and Enriquez each managed to get multiple hits.
Monte Vista (12-8, 11-3) plays at home against St. Francis on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
At North Salinas 12, N.M.C. 3 >> The Vikings scored eight runs in the first three innings in a win against the Condors in PCAL-Mission play.
Malorie Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a home run, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Bekah Bueno went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI for North Monterey County (9-15, 3-10), which play at home against Carmel on Monday at 4 p.m.
At San Benito 9, M.V.C. 4 >> The Mustangs come up short in a battle against the Haybailers in PCAL-Gabilan action. Monte Vista Christian dropped to 10-9 in league play and 13-12 overall.
The Mustangs head back home to host St. Francis on Friday at 4 p.m.
Palma 9, at St. Francis 5 >> The Sharks were defeated by the Chieftains in PCAL-Gabilan play. St. Francis (3-20, 2-17) plays at Monte Vista Christian on Friday at 4 p.m.
CCS announces entries >> Aptos High was selected to play in Region 1, while Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League rival Scotts Valley was chosen to play in Region 2 in the Central Coast Section Regionals.
The Mariners, who finished unbeaten at 10-0, and Falcons, right behind them at 7-2-1, both advance to the CCS Regionals for finishing as the top-two teams in the SCCAL.
The Mariners are also coming off from winning their fourth straight league title.
The CCS Regionals begin Tuesday at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch with first-tee set for 8 a.m.
Watsonville 9, at Latino College Prep 5 >> The Wildcatz go on the road to get a win against the Golden Eagles in non-league play. Watsonville (3-6, 1-6) play at Salinas on Monday at 5:15 p.m.
At Pajaro Valley 3, Alvarez 0 >> The Grizzlies won their final regular season match of the year after defeating the Eagles in three sets (25-22, 25-12, 25-10) in PCAL-Mission play.
Christian Quintero finished with a team-high 18 kills. Marcos Arreola tallied 12 kills, while Daniel Rocha finished with 10 for Pajaro Valley, which finished the season 13-3 in league play and 17-15 overall.
Dennar Ocampo collected 39 assists, 11 points on serves and six digs. Arreola, Daniel Rocha and Fernando Viveros each finished with six digs.
Pajaro Valley celebrated its senior class, Rocha, Viveros and Gio Serna, who are likely playing their final game at home.
Grizzlies coach Arlene Tsuji said in an email Rocha mentioned to her that he’s tried his best to use everything he'd been taught over the past four years and it showed.
“He played determined,” Tsuji wrote.
Tsuji said Serna was a first-year player who struggled with the serve game throughout the season, but finished with four served points on Thursday.
“They played like a team, had each others back,” Tsuji wrote. “What can I say except that I'm very proud of the boys.”
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