Softball: Carew/Stampede semis set

Michelle Carew Classic and Livermore Stampede semifinals set

Northern California’s Amador Valley and Alhambra make mark at Carew while Los Alamitos goes the distance
Archbishop Mitty, California and Pleasant Grove undefeated at Livermore Stampede

Its been a bit of a rough start for Los Alamitos this season after they lost their first two games at the TOC in Bullhead, Arizona, and also suffered a 5-0 home loss to No. 1 Mission Viejo in what was a 10-6 start entering the Michelle Carew Classic in Anaheim.

That all changed and the season took a bit of a turn when the Griffins followed up their two victories on Thursday at the Carew Classic with a thrilling 6-5 quarterfinal triumph over No. 8 Yorba Linda in 11 innings on Friday afternoon at Peralta Park.

Los Alamitos (13-6) is now into the semifinals where they meet upstart No. 18 Alhambra of Martinez. Alhambra (11-1) was a 2-1 winner over No. 16 Vista Murrieta of Murrieta.

The other semifinal pits the local girls from No. 5 Anaheim Esperanza against No. 2 Amador Valley of Pleasanton.

Esperanza (14-1) was a 2-0 winner over a No. 4 Garden Grove Pacifica team that was looking for a three-peat at the Carew.

Amador Valley (10-0) got another gutsy performance from early Ms. Softball candidate Johanna Grauer and another game-winning hit from Ashley Lotosynski. The UCLA-bound Grauer pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Lotosynski got her game-winner in the bottom of the sixth when she drove in Ashley Balestreri for the game’s only tally.

At the Livermore Stampede No. 3 Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, California of San Ramon and Elk Grove Pleasant Grove all rolled into the Saturday afternoon semifinals with 3-0 records while host Livermore made the semis with a 2-1 record.

Mitty (11-0) meets previously California (7-3) while Livermore (7-4) takes on 12-3-1 Pleasant Grove.

For quarterfinal game coverage of the Carew Classic visit OCSidelines.com.

Look for full coverage of the finals of both tournaments Sunday morning right here on the Cal-Hi Sports Softball blog.


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