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SF baseball coach switches to softball

After 10 years as St. Francis High’s baseball coach, Mike Oakland is making the switch to softball.

Oakland – who guided the Lancers to three Central Coast Section titles and six consecutive West Catholic Athletic League crowns – will try to turn around a softball team coming off a last-place season.

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.”

Spartans sew up division title with extra-inning road win

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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.

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.

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