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Sailors drop two in tourney

High School Softball

Newport Harbor offense struggles in two pool-play losses at prestigious Woodbridge tournament.

April 07, 2012|By Matt Szabo

IRVINE — It's hard to win a softball game without scoring any runs.

It's hard to score any runs without getting any hits.

Therein lied the dilemma for the Newport Harbor High softball team. The Sailors came into the prestigious Woodbridge Softball Classic at a bad time to be slumping.

They were "mercied" twice in pool-play games Saturday at Bill Barber Park. Newport Harbor fell to Pomona Catholic, 7-0, before losing to El Modena, 6-0. Both games were called after the sixth inning as Newport Harbor was losing by more than six runs.

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But at least in the El Modena game, the Sailors were more competitive. They did not make an error and collected two hits, one each by junior Breanna Lopez and freshman Zoey Myers. Lopez singled with two outs in the seventh and stole second base. But then Hattie Marshall was robbed of an RBI single as her blooper was snagged by the El Modena shortstop, and the game ended.

It was that kind of day for the Sailors (10-5), who finished last in their four-team pool and will likely play a bronze bracket game at the tournament on Monday. The Sailors have been outscored, 39-0, in their last four games.

They are banged up. Myers, who normally plays catcher, played first base Saturday because of shoulder problems. Coach Russell Hartman said senior Sam Sanchez, who can also catch, is dealing with a bruised hand. Junior Hope Noakes, normally the first baseman, filled in admirably behind the plate.

The opener Saturday was against Pomona Catholic, a team that the Sailors had defeated, 3-1, in the Savanna tournament on March 24. This time, Pomona Catholic senior pitcher Amber Padilla fired a no-hitter. Junior Hanna Van Voorhis was the only Sailor to get on base, on a throwing error in the third inning.

"We're a little banged up, but that's not the problem," Newport Harbor Coach Russell Hartman said. "The problem is our hitting. We're not hitting the ball at all. We put absolutely no pressure on them whatsoever."

The Sailors only managed to hit a combined two for 35 in the two games, a .057 average. They have lost five straight since a 10-0 start, though, to be fair, they have played elite programs like Edison, Marina and El Modena in that time span.

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