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Eagles peak as playoffs approach


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Los Altos High senior Lizzy Beutter pitches against Saratoga in last week’s regular-season finale. The Eagles won the game 1-0.

The Los Altos High softball team has suffered a long list of injuries – broken bones, ligament tears and a nerve problem – yet the squad survived them all to finish second in league and make the playoffs.

“It’s been a very abnormal year for us,” coach Tom Barrera said. “But the kids battled adversity and they’ve come through.”

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Spartans sew up division title with extra-inning road win


Courtesy of Dave Campbell
Katie Moran is the lone senior on the Mountain View High softball team.

It was far from easy, but the Mountain View High softball team clinched the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division title by outlasting Fremont last week.

The visiting Spartans “scraped and clawed their way to a victory,” according to coach Dave Campbell, whose team needed 10 innings to prevail May 3.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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