Pinewood doing just fine with 9

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Pinewood School junior Aisley Njissang is the team’s top pitcher and one of its leading hitters. She hit a home run in Friday’s win.

While Pinewood School’s batting average, on-base percentage and ERA matter to softball coach Michele Isaac, there’s one statistic that’s even more important – the number of players on her roster.

That’s because the number is nine. Well, 10 counting the team manager, but she’s never played before.


LA's Beutter tosses 9-inning no-hitter in win over Saratoga

No-hitters aren’t new to Los Altos High’s Lizzy Beutter – the softball pitcher threw a pair of perfect games last year – but last week’s effort might be her best yet.

Both perfect games were shortened by the mercy rule. Beutter had to work overtime for the no-hitter; the Eagles needed nine innings to edge host Saratoga 1-0.


Eagles, Spartans advance

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Los Altos High’s Lizzy Beutter registered three hits in last week’s playoff win over Watsonville. She was also the winning pitcher.

Led by Lizzy Beutter, host Los Altos High whipped Watsonville 9-0 in the opening round of the Central Coast Division I softball playoffs.

The junior pitched a complete game May 20, yielding just two hits and striking out nine batters. Beutter also notched three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs.


Pitcher perfect

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Los Altos High junior Lizzy Beutter throws a pitch on her way to a perfect game last week against visiting Gunn.

Pitcher Lizzy Beutter’s performance against Gunn last week wasn’t the first perfect game of her softball career – or even this season. The Los Altos High junior twirled another one just 17 days earlier against Notre Dame-San Jose.

But that March 14 tournament game was shortened to only three innings on the 15-run mercy rule, while last week’s league contest concluded after five frames on the 10-run rule.


Spartans set sights on division crown

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Mountain View High sophomore Emma Bice heads for home in last week’s game against Lynbrook. The host Spartans prevailed 11-0.

Dave Campbell has coached some talented teams in his six seasons running the Mountain View High softball program, which went as far as the Central Coast Section semifinals in 2010.

Campbell’s current squad – the early leader in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division at 2-0 – could be his best yet.


Los Altos cruises to 7-2 win over Lincoln

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Los Altos High’s Marialena Ahern slides safely into third base in her team’s win over Lincoln. She totaled two hits and two RBIs.

Pitcher Lizzy Beutter wasn’t completely satisfied with her performance in last week’s opening round of the Central Coast Section Division I softball playoffs, yet it was good enough to lead Los Altos High to a 7-2 win over Lincoln.

“I did not pitch up to my expectations, but – as always – my defense was there for me,” said the sophomore, who surrendered one earned run and two hits in a complete-game effort. “We scored early, which allowed me to do the best I could and leave the rest up to them.”


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