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Monday, May 19 2014 05:46 AM

Softball reaches playoff quarterfinals; Lady Warriors defeat Golden Valley in first round

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Lady Warrior Emily Mejia attempts to tag out a Golden Valley base runner in a CIF first round playoff win over Golden Valley, 5-3. Mejia led the Lady Warriors with 12 putouts against the Lady Bulldogs. Photo by Michael Duffy

Kendall Kapitzke catches a throw from the outfield as a Golden Valley runner attempts to slide. Kapitzke finished the game against Golden Valley with two hits and a run scored. Photo by Michael Duffy

Lady Warriors softball finished their season in the CIF Division III playoffs last week, opening with a 5-3 win over Golden Valley and falling to Hanford in the quarterfinals, 5-3.

Tehachapi came into the playoffs as the No. 6 seed, defeating the No. 11 seed Golden Valley in the first round.

The Lady Bulldogs went up 1-0 before Mountain Softball made their move, recording two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead for good.

The Lady Warriors had nine hits overall in the game, led by Kendall Kapitzke, Brenna Dezubiria and Mariah Godde each recording two hits apiece. Hannah Grimes also had a double and Michaela Peters had a key hit in the sixth inning that recorded two RBIs.

Danay Lee led the base running with two stolen bases, followed by Kathryn Friedt and Godde also recording stolen bases. Godde picked up the win in the circle, striking out three batters in seven innings of work. Emily Mejia led the team in putouts with 12 on the afternoon.

Last Friday, Tehachapi ended their season after No. 3 Hanford jumped to a 4-0 lead after three innings and held on for the victory. The Lady Warriors rallied back with two runs in the top of the fourth inning when Peters and Friedt both reached on base with singles.  Two runs scored later in the inning to make the count, 4-2 Hanford.

After Hanford scored another run in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lady Warriors answered with a run scored in the top of the fifth inning off a single by Friedt, which brought Kapitzke home from third base.

The Lady Warriors closed their season with 18 wins and a second place finish in the SEYL with an 8-2 record.
 

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