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Eagles reach CCS semis in softball


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
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Tianna Vasquez had two hits in Los Altos High’s CCS quarterfinal win Saturday.

The Los Altos High softball team scored more than enough runs to win Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division II quarterfinal game, blanking Saratoga 6-0 at PAL Stadium in San Jose.

But the Eagles produced only six hits, and coach Tom Barrera indicated that probably wouldn’t be enough to win today’s semifinal contest.

“We still need to hit better to compete with Gilroy,” he said. “Gilroy always takes an aggressive hitting approach, and we’ll need to match their intensity.”

Fifth-seeded Los Altos (18-9-2) is scheduled to take on No. 8 Gilroy (17-12) 4:30 p.m. today at PAL, with the winner returning to the stadium Saturday to play for the championship.

Barrera might be concerned with the Eagles’ offense, but he had no complaints about their defense in Saturday’s victory over No. 4 Saratoga (23-5). Los Altos didn’t commit an error and freshman pitcher Lizzy Beutter allowed just three hits.

“Defensively, the girls played their best game this year,” the coach said.

Infielder Tianna Vasquez made perhaps the best defensive play of the game. After snaring a ball that took a bounce just above second base, the senior touched second and spun 360 degrees as she threw to first to complete the double play.

“It was a real highlight moment,” Barrera said.

Vasquez contributed at the plate as well, getting two hits.

After scoring its first run in the second inning and adding another in the fifth, Los Altos broke the game open with a four-run sixth.

The Eagles erupted for six runs in the fifth frame of their previous game, a 10-0 rout of Branham. Host Los Altos notched 14 hits in the May 15 playoff opener, three from Nikki Klepper. Beutter earned the win, limiting 12th-seeded Branham (15-13) to just two hits.

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