St. Francis avenges last year's loss to Mitty in softball final

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Members of the St. Francis High softball team commemorate their win over Mitty in the CCS Open Division final.

Before this year, St. Francis High had won a Central Coast Section championship in just about every sport but softball. That changed May 26 when the Lancers claimed the CCS Open Division softball championship with a 5-1 win over Mitty at PAL Stadium in San Jose.

“The energy was so high and everyone was really excited. It was special because it was the first time ever at St. Francis,” said junior catcher Natalie Blanc, who secured the last out of the game.

LA wins division, joins MV and SF in softball playoffs

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Los Altos High’s Cassie Chou, pitching in a league game last month, is the Eagles’ ace and among their best hitters this year.

The Los Altos High softball team’s domination of its division didn’t translate into a lofty seed in the Central Coast Section playoffs, but the Eagles aren’t too upset about that. They’re just happy to be in the postseason.

“We’re excited to get there,” said Robert Herrera, who took over as coach this year. “The kids are so ecstatic to be in it – especially after the lashing they took last season.”

Los Altos softball team off to a running start

Alexis Musick
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Los Altos High freshman Alexis Musick throws the ball from the outfield last week. She has the team’s best batting average.

The Los Altos High softball team might just steal its way to a league championship this year.

Thirteen games into the season, the Eagles have stolen 74 bases in 81 attempts.

If Spartans can increase run production, coach expects them to compete for title

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Mountain View’s Eva Karolczak heads to first base last week against Santa Clara.

Although he was taking over a talented Mountain View High softball team that won its league last season, head coach Xavier Cook had concerns about what the Spartans didn’t do a year ago – score a lot of runs.

“The biggest thing is that we have to hit the ball with people on base,” said Cook, transitioning from his second season as Mountain View’s girls basketball coach. “I feel we are a playoff team if we hit well. We can’t be shut out of games – that’s what hurt them last year.”

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